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Travel Baseball Tournament Organizers and Tournaments in Missouri

Youth Baseball Tournaments in Missouri
List of Tournament locations in MO

KC Sports
Baseball tournament organizer.

Greater Midwest Baseball
A Youth Baseball Tournament provider in St. Louis & the Greater Midwest Area. You can find information on upcoming tournaments on their website.

*Please contact us with your tournament information.

Articles For Those New to Travel Baseball

What is Travel Baseball?
Clarkstown Baseball Association provides a cut and dry overview of what travel or elite baseball is and the differences between it and "Recreational" baseball.

Choosing a Youth Travel Baseball Team
This is a great introductory article for those new to the travel baseball scene that can help you narrow down what you are looking for.

Picking the Right Travel Baseball Team
By John Pinkman
Taking a look at Coaches, Mission, costs, size of team and much more.

Overuse Injuries in Youth Baseball
Pitchers aren't the only ones with overuse injuries in baseball. Check out the latest data and prevention tactics.

Pros and Cons of Parent Coaches and Being One Yourself
Parent coaches in travel baseball, good thing or bad thing? Is it a good fit for you?

Youth Sports: Maintaining Reasonable Expectations
What are the chances your kid will play college baseball or softball? Professional baseball or softball? You should read this article.

Where the Elite Kids Shouldn't Meet
By Tim Keown, ESPN Writer
A raw and honest look into Travel / Elite Baseball

Sites, Organizations and Articles We Like

American Legion Baseball
Teams from 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Regional tournaments, State tournaments and a World Series make this one of the most popular baseball organizations around.

Dixie Youth Baseball
They play great baseball and players have an opportunity to play in tournaments and a league World Series. Find a team or start a franchise.

Babe Ruth League Youth Baseball
Great organization and great baseball. This is another option for youth baseball players to continue developing their skills. Start or find a charter here.

Travel Ball Select
Travel Ball News, Forums, Scores, Travel Ball TV and other cool stuff.

Game Changer
Sign your team up, keep stats during the game, track other teams. It's great!

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Travel Baseball Teams in Missouri

MLB Players from Missouri

Missouri has 30 active big league players, according to the Baseball Almanac ( Among them are Trevor Rosenthal, Max Scherzer, Ryan Howard, and Mark Buehrle.

Ryan Howard

First baseman Ryan Howard was born on November 19, 1979 in St. Louis. He grew up in a sports-loving, sports-playing household. He was a Little Leaguer and also played American Legion ball (

Howard made it onto the team at Lafayette High School -- with difficulty. His father made a batting cage in the basement to help him practice (

Howard played for Missouri State (then known as Southwest Missouri State) and was selected in the 5th round of the 2001 draft. He was 21.

The Batavia Muckdogs, Clearwater Threshers, and Phoenix Red Dogs were among the teams that Ryan played for in the minors.

Howard’s major league debut came in 2004 at age 24. He was National League Rookie of the Year in 2005 and Most Valuable Player in 2006.

He also made it into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame ('S').

Howard has been with the Phillies his entire MLB career.

Mark Buehrle

Mark Buehrle was also born in 1979, but in St. Charles. The first two times he tried out for the team at Francis Howell North High School, he didn't make it (

At one point, Buehrle played ball with IMG Academy – he is not the only MLB player to have done so, but is among the most notable alumni (

Buehrle attended Jefferson College in Hillsboro. He was a 38th round draft pick in 1998.

His MLB debut was in 2000. He was 21.

Buehrle has been with the WhiteSox, BlueJays, and Marlins. He was on the 2005 championship team – not bad for a 38th round draft pick!

Max Scherzer

Pitcher Max Scherzer, born in 1984, played ball at Parkway Central High School. The teen Scherzer declined a 43rd round draft pick in 2003, opting instead for school – and baseball – at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was honored as Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2005 and was later inducted into the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame.

His value in the eyes of big league scouts went up. He was the 1st round draft pick of the Diamondbacks in 2006.

Scherzer played for the A Visalia Oaks and later the AA Mobile BayBears. He also played for the Fort Worth Cats, a team that is not affiliated with the MLB.

Scherzer’s debut in the majors came in April 2008. He was 2008 Rookie of the Year for the Diamondbacks. He was also a 2013 All-Star.

Now with Detroit, he has been active in Tigers charities. Along with his wife, he launched his own program, Scherzer's Superstars (

Tomorrow's Ball Players in Missouri

Howard is 6’4, and that may well have helped him, but he also played hard to get where he was. He’s been on teams most of his life: youth teams, high school teams, college teams, minor leagues, majors. Tomorrow’s ball players are likely on teams now, laying that foundation.

Howard has offered the following insight: “Sometimes, you're going to have to work hard, sometimes extra hard, and sometimes you still won't get that recognition. That's life... But if you keep working, eventually you'll get the prize you're seeking (”

Part of working hard is playing sports, but it’s not all there is. Ryan also studied hard in school -- this was mandatory in his family. "Even though I went to (college to) play baseball, he says, “one day I would come back and get my degree ("

Scherzer's Superstars rewards kids with a baseball game, but the focus is on staying in school.

Travel Baseball Teams in Missouri

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