Baseball Assistance Team

News Archive

  • Now Batting - Katie Lentz

    Meet the new B.A.T. Administrator, Katie Lentz #baseballfamily

  • Now Batting - Eddy Tapia

    Meet the newest B.A.T. intern, Eddy Tapia

  • 2016 Bobby Murcer Award Presentations

    Director of B.A.T., Erik Nilsen; B.A.T. Board Member, Mark Letendre; Bobby Murcer's son, Todd Murcer; and Bobby Murcer's grandson, Jackson Murcer, presented the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Detroit Tigers with the 2016 Bobby Murcer Awards.

  • Donor Spotlight - Chris Kaempfer

    B.A.T. is fortunate and honored to introduce Chris Kaempfer, one of our most generous supporters.

  • Paul Goldschmidt Interview

    Four-time All-Star and first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Paul Goldschmidt is up to B.A.T. on our player blog series and has volunteered to talk about why he supports B.A.T.!

  • Grant Recipient Testimonials

    Recipients of B.A.T. Grants share their stories.

  • Board of Director Profile - Buck Martinez

    Get to know Board of Director, Buck Martinez, a devoted member to the Baseball Family.

  • One last at B.A.T. for Summer Intern, Tess Morales

    Summer 2016 Intern Tess Morales shares her experience working at B.A.T.

  • The 2017 Line up

    2017 will be an exciting year for the Baseball Assistance Team. Right off the B.A.T.!

  • B.A.T.'s Mission

    The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) continues to adhere to its mission statement in helping members of the Baseball Family in need.

  • 2016 Spring Training Fundraising Tour

    The Baseball Assistance Team concluded the 2016 Spring Training Fundraising Tour with nearly 1,600 players pledging to donate $2.8 million this year.

  • Remembering Joe Garagiola Sr.

    Joe Garagiola Sr. was one of the founding fathers of the organization and was instrumental in its success to assist members of the Baseball Family in need.

  • B.A.T. Consultant, Sam McDowell Retires - Miracle of Park Ave

    Sam McDowell writes of his formal retirement as a consultant for the Baseball Assistance Team this January.

  • Now Batting - Tim McDowell

    Tim started as the B.A.T. Addiction and Recovery Consultant on February 1, 2016, taking over for his father, Sam, who held that position since 1987.

  • 2015 Bobby Murcer Award Presentations

    Erik Nilsen, Director of B.A.T. and Bobby's widow, Kay Murcer, presented the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Detroit Tigers with the 2015 Bobby Murcer Awards.

  • Grant Recipient Testimonials

    Recipients of B.A.T. Grants share their stories.

  • B.A.T. President Randy Winn gives back to the Baseball Community

    B.A.T. President, Randy Winn has been involved with the Baseball Assistance Team for 14 years, the last four being President.

  • B.A.T. News - 2015 Spring Training Fundraising Tour

    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.

  • Get to know B.A.T. President Randy Winn

    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.

  • Spreading Awareness

    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.

  • What B.A.T. means to the 2015 Board of Directors

    Distinguished members of the Board tell what B.A.T. means to them and why they are involved in the organization.

  • Now Batting - Benny Ayala

    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 continues her great work

    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.

  • Meet Grant Recipients - Geraldine Day & Timmy McLoughlin

    Watch videos of B.A.T. grant recipient Geraldine Day and Timmy McLoughlin sharing their experiences.

  • Thank You's - Words of appreciation to B.A.T.

    Former players and front office executives express their gratitude for the efforts of the the Baseball Assistance Team.

  • A few words from Commissioner Manfred on 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."

  • Players, managers and coaches pledge record $2.64 million to B.A.T. during 2015 Spring Training fundraising tour

    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.

  • Message from the B.A.T. President Randy Winn

    "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."

  • The struggle of a child

    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.

  • Insight into B.A.T. Addiction Recovery Program

    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.

  • B.A.T.'s present impact in the Dominican Republic

    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.

  • Spring Training Recap

    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.

  • New B.A.T. Board members

    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.

  • The 25th Annual "Going to Bat for B.A.T." Dinner is in the books!

    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.

  • B.A.T. dinner celebrates organization's important work

    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.

  • MLB royalty brave storm for annual B.A.T. dinner

    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.

  • B.A.T. program walks Redmans through adversity

    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.

  • Rollins, Young and Weiner to be honored at 2014 "Going to Bat for B.A.T." dinner

    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.

  • B.A.T. creates Selig Leadership Award

    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.

  • Record $2.28 million pledged to B.A.T. during 2012 Spring Training fundraising tour

    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.

  • Mays highlights 23rd annual B.A.T. fundraiser

    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.

  • B.A.T. to celebrate Mets' 50 years at fundraiser

    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.

  • Watch the 2001 D-backs reunite for B.A.T.

    Members of the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks reunite at the B.A.T. Celebrity Ball in Arizona.

  • B.A.T.'s charitable mission on display at dinner

    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.

  • B.A.T. steps in to help former pitcher Walker

    Pete Walker is a former Major League pitcher now working as a pitching coach in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization.

  • B.A.T. remembers Steinbrenner fondly

    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.

  • B.A.T. meets aid recipients in Caribbean

    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.

  • B.A.T. has successful trip to All-Star Game

    The Baseball Assistance Team traveled west to the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim in July.

  • Morgan named chairman for B.A.T. dinner

    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.

  • Awareness Committee to spread word for B.A.T.

    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.

  • Meet B.A.T. grant recipient Brian Holman

    Brian Holman played four years in the Major Leagues with the Expos and Mariners.

  • 2010 Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner

    The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) hosted the 21st Annual "Going to Bat for B.A.T. Dinner" on Tuesday, January 26th, 2010.

  • Players from 30 MLB clubs pledge record of nearly $2 million to B.A.T. during Spring Training

    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 and Katy Feeney appointed to B.A.T. Advisory Board

    Phyllis Merhige is in her 35th year at Major League Baseball.