Major League Baseball to stage Elite Development Tournament in Farnham Park

Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Elite Development Tournament (EDT) will take place in the UK for the first time ever this week, with Farnham Park’s Baseball and Softball Complex staging the competition.

The event will run at the national facility for baseball and softball in the UK from tomorrow (Tuesday) through to Thursday (June 27) and will feature the best emerging talent from across Europe – many of whom will go on to play baseball for American universities and professional teams. One former graduate recently signed a $35m contract in the US.

The opening ceremony will be held tomorrow (Tuesday) from 12pm followed by drills and games. Two players who have represented Team GB internationally – Ollie Thompson and Aidan Pearce – are among the 90 athletes taking part. Thirteen European countries will be represented, as well as the Ramstein US Air Force Base in Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany).

The opening ceremony will include an address from Jim Small on the MLB’s attempts to grow baseball internationally while John Boyd will discuss BaseballSoftballUK’s role developing the game in the UK.

The first game is scheduled from 1pm to 3.15pm followed by the second from 4pm to 6.15pm.