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Rawlings pitches in with Chinese baseball deal

Sporting goods manufacturer Rawlings has announced a six-year agreement to become the official apparel and equipment sponsor of the Chinese Baseball Association.

The partnership covers all players, coaches, trainers and management staff connected to China’s national and youth teams.

Rawlings will activate the new partnership immediately with the creation of the national team's new uniform design in advance of international competitions later this year.

China secured a third-place finish in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Pool A and automatically qualified for the 2017 tournament.

Alongside similar arrangements with the national baseball federations of Canada and Australia, Rawlings is the official ball supplier and batting helmet of Major League Baseball and the World Baseball Classic.