With the 2015 baseball season underway, the Baseball Assistance Team would like to thank those involved who contributed their time, effort, and generosity this Spring to help Baseball Family members in need.
As B.A.T. President, Randy Winn, who played 13 seasons in Major League Baseball, gives back to the players who played the game before him.
In an effort to educate eligible members about the organization, B.A.T. representatives over the past year visited with the Front Offices of several MLB clubs.
Distinguished members of the Board tell what B.A.T. means to them and why they are involved in the organization.
Benny Ayala, B.A.T. Puerto Rico Consultant, sees that our baseball family in Puerto Rico is taken care of and treated with dignity.
Dr. Genoveva Javier, a doctor and a medical consultant for the Baseball Assistance Team in Dominican Republic, visits new applicants and helps to meet their needs.
Watch videos of B.A.T. grant recipient Geraldine Day and Timmy McLoughlin sharing their experiences.
Former players and front office executives express their gratitude for the efforts of the the Baseball Assistance Team.
"Major League Baseball has been proud to support the Baseball Assistance Team, one of the most unique organizations in all of professional sports, since its founding in 1986."
More than 1,400 players, coaches and managers from all 30 MLB Clubs have collectively pledged a record donation of $2,643,195 to the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) during the organization's 13th annual Spring Training Fundraising Tour to raise money for members of the Baseball Family in need of assistance.
"As we close another Spring Training, I am again reminded of how baseball truly is a family. During my visits to the Arizona Spring Training clubs I witnessed strength, courage, humility, and generosity from members of the baseball family. All of us here at the Baseball Assistance Team would like to thank all of the players, managers, coaches, general managers and staff for their generous donations which allow our organization to continue assisting members of the Baseball Family in their time of need. We are thankful for the endless contributions from both Major League Baseball and the MLBPA in support of our organization. As always, we remind every member of the Baseball Family to serve as the eyes and ears for our organization to help identify those in need."
Charlie Montoyo is the manager of the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. He married his wife Samantha in 2001. They gave birth to their son Tyson (11) in 2002 and life was going as planned until the birth of their second child Alexander (6) in 2007 changed everything. Seven hours after Alex was born, he had to be airlifted from Tucson, Arizona to Phoenix for open heart surgery.
Since the 1920s, numerous programs have been developed to assist addiction recovery. We have seen many "feel-good" recovery programs in which they provide everything under the sun to make the addict temporarily feel better, but do very little to help them overcome the actual addiction that they were born with. Through my 33-plus years as a counselor, I have witnessed individuals sent to just about every type of recovery program known to man, however, the B.A.T. Recovery program has been one of the most successful programs anywhere.
The Baseball Assistance Team's mission in the Dominican Republic has expanded tremendously. The program has had a great acceptance in the Latin community thanks to Dr. Genoveva Javier and Patricia Mendez. B.A.T. has expanded to different parts of the country, bringing solutions to the baseball families facing financial and health difficulties.
B.A.T. raised a record $2.5 million during the 2014 Spring Training Tour. The contributions from the players, managers and coaches enable B.A.T. to continue assisting members of the Baseball Family in times of need.
B.A.T. would like to introduce its new Board members: Sal Bando, Dick Freeman, Mark Letendre, Christine O'Reilly, Staci Slaughter and Gary Thorne.
This year's dinner celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the "Going to BAT for B.A.T." Dinner. Despite a major winter storm that hit the NYC area, there were over 75 baseball legends in attendance including Roberto Alomar, Orlando Cepeda, Rollie Fingers, Adam Jones, Tommy Lasorda and Rusty Staub, alongside 100 guests at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
It began as an idea almost three decades ago. A simple idea really, a basic one. Baseball must take care of its own. "We're members of the same family," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. From that simple, wonderful notion came the Baseball Assistance Team, aka, B.A.T. In the years since, more than $29 million has been collected from various sources.
The snow fell sideways all day and blanketed Manhattan with around a foot of accumulation, making the normally busy sidewalks treacherous and canceling many events. It was accompanied by Arctic temperatures that led masses to stay home or stay away. But you wouldn't know it from the crowd inside a ballroom at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square attending the 25th annual "Going to Bat for B.A.T." Dinner.
The family of former MLB player Tike Redmans will be at the 25th annual Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner. They will be guests of true honor, as B.A.T. came to their rescue in the family's darkest hour, making it possible for the family to not only pull through an impossible time, but also to somehow shine brightly as a beacon of hope for others.
The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) announced that it will honor three-time All-Star and 2007 NL MVP Jimmy Rollins, seven-time All-Star Michael Young, and posthumously, Michael Weiner, the former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, at the 2014 "Going to Bat for B.A.T." fundraising dinner to recognize their individual efforts in supporting the charitable organization and the general community.
The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) announced that it has created the Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award to be presented annually in recognition of baseball executives for extraordinary support of the organization, and its namesake will accept the inaugural award at the 25th annual Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner on Jan. 21, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
More than 1,300 players, coaches and managers from all 30 MLB Clubs have collectively pledged a record donation of $2,282,125 to the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) during the organization's tenth annual Spring Training tour to raise funds for members of the Baseball Family in need of assistance.
It began with a playful 80-year-old Willie Mays talking baseball in commanding fashion for 15 priceless minutes, finally declaring "The Catch" during the 1954 Giants-Indians World Series his most memorable moment in a hallowed Major League Baseball career.
Ed Kranepool joined the Mets in June of their original 1962 season, when they lost more games (120) than any team in Major League Baseball history. He was a key player on their 1969 team that amazed everyone in winning the World Series.
Members of the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks reunite at the B.A.T. Celebrity Ball in Arizona.
Gary Caraballo wasn't the most recognizable name -- not even close -- when the Baseball Assistance Team hosted its Going to Bat for B.A.T. dinneron Tuesday.
Pete Walker is a former Major League pitcher now working as a pitching coach in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization.
On July 13, 2010, New York Yankees principal owner George M. Steinbrenner passed away. B.A.T. wishes to express its deepest sympathies to the Steinbrenner family, the Yankees organization and to the baseball family as a whole.
This summer, members of the Baseball Assistance Team visited Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to see grant recipients and spread the message that B.A.T. is ready to help members of the baseball family in the Latin community.
The Baseball Assistance Team traveled west to the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim in July.
Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball analyst Joe Morgan has been chosen to serve as the dinner chairman for the 2011 Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner.
Since widows, spouses, children and parents of members of the baseball family are eligible for assistance from the Baseball Assistance Team, it became clear that B.A.T. needed a conduit to reach them.
Brian Holman played four years in the Major Leagues with the Expos and Mariners.
The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) hosted the 21st Annual "Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner" on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010.
Over 1,100 players committed $1.85 million in donations to B.A.T. this Spring Training, totaling more than $9 million pledged over the eight years of the B.A.T. Spring Training Tour.
Phyllis Merhige is in her 35th year at Major League Baseball.