About Area Code Baseball
The founder of the Area Code Games, Bob Williams, collaborated with the Northern California Major League Scouts to put together the best high school underclassman players from geographical areas based on telephone area codes. The premise was to have the top players compete against each other using wood bats and dress in the respective Area Code Teams Major League uniform. This has changed, with the players wearing Area Code Baseball uniforms and the hats of their respective MLB teams.
This process has proven to be a winning formula for high school talent identification and evaluation. The Area Code Games have produced more than 500 Major League players -- a statistic that continues to grow.
The uniqueness of the Area Code Games separates from anything that is available to the premier high school player. In 2002 Student Sports Inc. acquired Area Code Baseball. In the years that Student Sports owned the Area Code Games, the percentage of Area Code players selected in the MLB Draft reached new peaks.
In July 2008, ESPN took over the Area Code Games. In 2011, New Balance came in as the presenting sponsor of Area Code Baseball.