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Press Release

04/20/2005 1:39 PM ET
Major League Baseball Players Association launches new Website, MLBPLAYERS.com
The Players Choice on the Web includes new features to deliver the game through the players' eyes

NEW YORK -- The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) will bring baseball fans everywhere even closer to their favorite Major League Baseball players, with a new Website, www.MLBPLAYERS.com. Starting today, MLBPLAYERS.com replaces bigleaguers.com as the Players Choice on the Web, providing unprecedented access to the performances and personalities of all Major Leaguers with a close-up look at the game through their eyes.

New and unique features include:

•   "Inside Baseball" -- Part of a new Magazine section examining the game between the lines, from fundamentals to strategies as told by the players themselves. The magazine section will also feature first-person Player Perspectives, Q&A segments and feature stories.
•   "Sights and Sounds" -- This section will allow fans to hear directly from their favorite players during the "Players Talk" interview show, and also offers audio and video clips of the players' awe-inspiring on-field performances.
•   "Mailbag" -- Fans now have their chance to interact directly with some of their favorite players by submitting e-mail questions to a selected player each week.

MLBPLAYERS.com will offer direct links to other up-to-date features, including:
•   Fantasy baseball insider
•   Player search engine
•   Up to date statistics
•   Scoreboard
•   Breaking news
•   Auctions
•   Online shopping
•   MLBPA information, including its history, the Basic Agreement, FAQ, and information on the players' individual charitable endeavors and activities of the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the foundation created and administered by the players to help those in need and to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in.

MLBPLAYERS.com is produced and powered by MLB.com. Under an historic agreement between the MLBPA and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), MLBAM enjoys the exclusive right to use, and to sublicense to others, Major League Baseball player group rights for the development and creation of online content, including fantasy baseball, interactive games and wireless applications.

The Major League Baseball Players Association (www.MLBPLAYERS.com) is the collective bargaining representative for all professional baseball players of the thirty Major League Baseball teams and serves as the exclusive group licensing agent for commercial and licensing activities involving active Major League baseball players. On behalf of its members, it operates the Players Choice licensing program and Players Choice Awards, which benefit the needy through the Major League Baseball Players Trust, a charitable foundation established and run entirely by Major League baseball players.