Tony Reagins recently completed his 29th year in professional baseball. His unique career path began with an internship with the Los Angeles Angels and included stops as the team’s Director of Player Development and ultimately overseeing all of Baseball Operations becoming only the 5th African American General Manager in Major League Baseball history. As general manager of the Angels, Reagins amassed a record of 363-285 (.560) averaging nearly 91 wins a season. His highlights included the Club’s consecutive American League West crowns in 2008-09 and its first 100-win season in franchise history which resulted in Reagins being voted the Rube Foster American League Executive of the Year. In 2015, Reagins joined the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball as Senior Vice President of Youth Programs. In 2020, he was elevated to his current position as Chief Baseball Development Officer. In this role, Reagins oversees the growth of youth and amateur levels of the sport both domestically and internationally.
Reagins’ department will continue to emphasize its U.S.-based model of strengthening participation levels of baseball and softball, both at the grassroots and the development stages. This approach includes the continued growth of the “PLAY BALL” initiative, which launched in June 2015 and now includes multilateral partnerships with USA Baseball, USA Softball, Minor League Baseball, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Little League International. Reagins also has led the proliferation of the Dream Series and “Breakthrough Series” amateur development camps, which now covers boys baseball, softball, and girls baseball. Additional programs that will continue to be covered by the Baseball & Softball Development department includes Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), MLB Youth Academies, the Hank Aaron Invitational and the Andre Dawson Classic.