|Date||August 18, 2019|
|Venue||BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field|
|Umpires||Stu Scheurwater (HP)|
Alan Porter (1B)
Mark Wegner (2B)
Sean Barber (3B)
|Television||ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball|
Matt Vasgersian (play-by-play)
Alex Rodriguez (analyst)
Jessica Mendoza (analyst)
Buster Olney (reporter)
The 2019 MLB Little League Classic was a regular season Major League Baseball (MLB) game played on August 18, 2019, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, during the 2019 MLB season and the 2019 Little League World Series. It was the third playing of the annual MLB Little League Classic game.
The game was contested between the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates, televised on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball and aired on ESPN Radio. The game was sponsored by GEICO.
In the first Classic, played on August 20, 2017, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 6–3. In the second Classic, played on August 19, 2018, the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8–2. The third Classic was announced on the date that the second Classic was played.
Further information: MLB Little League Classic § History
Chicago's uniforms for the game read "Cubbies" on the front, while Pittsburgh's read "The Burgh". The teams split the first two games of a three-game series leading up to the Classic. The Cubs entered the Classic with a record of 65–58, battling the St. Louis Cardinals (65–57) for first place in the National League Central, while the Pirates were last in the division at 51–71. MLB allowed each team to add a 26th player (who could not be a pitcher) to their active roster, as the game location was a neutral site; the Pirates added shortstop Cole Tucker, while the Cubs added outfielder Mark Zagunis.
|WP: José Quintana (11–7) LP: Mitch Keller (1–2)|
CHC: Nick Castellanos (17), Jason Heyward (18), Anthony Rizzo (23)
PIT: Starling Marte (21)
Notes: Weather: 71 °F (22 °C), partly cloudy. Wind: 4 mph (6.4 km/h), out to center field.