Houston Astros' star third baseman, Alex Bregman, has initiated a remarkable program aimed at supporting high school students in Texas who aspire to play college baseball and possibly advance to professional levels. At 29, Bregman is leveraging his influence to assist students who lack the financial resources for college, providing them a platform to showcase their talents to potential college coaches.
Originating from New Mexico, Bregman kicked off his Major League Baseball career with the Astros in 2016, following his selection in the 2015 MLB Draft. Since joining the team, he has been an integral part of their success, contributing to their two World Series victories and earning two All-Star selections.
Bregman's Inception: Creating Opportunities
The concept of this initiative was born during a discussion with hitting coach Jason Columbus, about six months ago, at the Astros' annual Minute Maid Classic college tournament.
Bregman, recalling his own experiences of having to travel out-of-state for better exposure, felt compelled to create opportunities for today’s youth that he wished he had. This led to the creation of the Bregman Cares Classic, an event wholly financed by the Bregman Cares Foundation, the Astros Foundation, and the Sugar Land Space Cowboys.
The tournament, which will feature six junior college teams, is scheduled to take place at Constellation Field from February 9th to 11th. In a recent press interaction, Bregman shared, “Growing up in New Mexico, we had to travel outside of the state to get exposure...
And we've always wanted to give kids every opportunity to be seen and continue to play the game we all love”. In parallel, there's growing speculation about Bregman's future with the Astros, as he enters the final year of his contract.
This comes in the wake of the Houston front office inking a five-year, $125 million extension with Jose Altuve, ensuring his stay at the club until 2029. The baseball community is abuzz with expectations of a similar deal for Bregman, especially considering his critical role in the team and his past decisions to pass on free agency.
As spring training approaches, all eyes are on the Astros to see if they will secure Bregman's future with the team beyond the 2024 MLB season.