The year-round academy, part of MLB's Urban Youth Initiative
, provides kids with free baseball and softball instruction and also offers clinics throughout Southern California.
Baseball has committed $3 million to the $10 million Youth Baseball Academy through its Urban Youth Initiative
, with local officials promising to seek the difference from city, state and federal funds.
Under its Urban Youth Initiative
, major league officials chose Los Angeles for the first-time academy in part because of the large number of big-leaguers in the area, he said.