Boys of Spring

The 2017 St. Petersburg International Baseball season concluded on Saturday, April 15, with Team Puerto Rico beating the World All-Stars at Huggins-Stengel Field in St. Petersburg, 7-5. The season opened on March 24 at Walter Fuller Park with Team Canada taking on a squad made up of Tampa Bay Rays prospects. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman threw out the first pitch. The Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, and Philadelphia Phillies also sent prospect teams to compete in the tournament, which featured players from 12 different countries, including Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Spain. Pictured above, a World All-Stars batter swings and misses at a pitch thrown by a member of Team Puerto Rico on Thursday, April 13, at Huggins-Stengel Field.

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