Thank You Thursday 12-4-2014 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a widow of former Minor League player.

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Dear B.A.T.,

At this time of the year when one reflects on the those things and people we are grateful for in our lives, you come to mind.  Thank you for all your support throughout the years!  May you find many things to be grateful for this holiday season.

-Thank you

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 11-20-2014 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a widow of former Negro League player.

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Dear B.A.T.,

Thank you so much for helping me pay my rent and medical expenses.  Because of you, I am making it.  I do not know how I would make it without you.  I am very grateful and thankful for you.  

I just wanted to thank you, thank you from my heart.

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

On the road with B.A.T.

The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) is a great resource for members of the Baseball Family in need of medical, financial or psychological assistance.  In our effort to spread awareness to eligible members, over the past 3 weeks B.A.T. has visited the Front Offices of the San Francisco Giants,  Pittsburgh Pirates,  New York Mets,  Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers and the MLB Network.

See below for a couple of in action shots of these meetings!

B.A.T. President, Randy Winn presented to the Front Office of the San Francisco Giants

B.A.T. President, Randy Winn & B.A.T. Board of Director, Staci Slaughter presented to the Front Office of the San Francisco Giants

B.A.T. Director, Erik Nilsen visited with the Washington Nationals employees

B.A.T. Director, Erik Nilsen visited with the Washington Nationals employees

B.A.T. gear for the employees

B.A.T. table for the Washington Nationals employees

B.A.T. Administrator, Michelle Fucich attended the Pittsbugh Pirates Benefit's Fair

B.A.T. Administrator, Michelle Fucich attended the Pittsburgh Pirates Benefits Fair

B.A.T. Advisor, Laurel Prieb visits with the employees of the Milwaukee Brewers

B.A.T. Advisor, Laurel Prieb visits with the employees of the Milwaukee Brewers

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Erik Nilsen & Michelle Fucich visit with the New York Mets

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B.A.T.’s table at the Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner’s Benefits Fair

Stepping up to BAT with Jim Bouton

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I heard about B.A.T. when the program was first started in 1986.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

I believe that B.A.T. is a wonderful organization for a number of reasons. First off, it really helps players who need help for one reason or another, and second it is a good opportunity for guys to get together with their old teammates.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

Sure, I am definitely part of the family. I feel that way and my wife feels that way as well.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? 

I don’t have any personal association with any particular player but I’ve been to all the dinners and I know how helpful B.A.T. has been for a lot of players and their families.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

Sure, absolutely! I think that it is an organization that should continue to grow and be stronger than ever. It’s an honor to be part of the Baseball Assistance Team by supporting it.

Stepping up to BAT with Fritz Peterson

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I’ve gone to several B.A.T. dinner’s over the years and that’s where I first learned about the charity and the work they do.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

I believe that B.A.T. is like a big brother to go to when there is no place to go and no one else to turn to.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

Absolutely! The baseball community is non-judgmental and they treat people they help with dignity rather than pity, and I value that.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? 

Yes I do. I recommend that people who love baseball or have played professionally do everything they can to support the cause. B.A.T. is a life raft for former players and their families.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

Absolutely!

Stepping up to BAT with Eddie Robinson

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I was one of the ones who helped get the charity going in the first place.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

I think it really does a lot of good for guys that need it. That was what we wanted to do with the program from the beginning, help people who don’t have the means to help themselves.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

Yes, even as a former player I’m still involved in the baseball family. Both Major League baseball players and families stay involved. I think the B.A.T. events are a great way to get the guys together and the dinner is a wonderful gesture.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? 

No, I don’t know anyone personally. They keep that information secret  and I don’t inquire because all that matters is that it’s helping people, doesn’t matter who exactly.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

Well certainly.

Stepping up to BAT with Felix Millan

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I first heard about B.A.T. when former players older than me told me about it. I knew it was something good for the players who are in need.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

I support the Baseball Assistance Team because I know they are doing a very VERY good thing. If I can help them today, they can help me tomorrow. I believe in doing something good for the players in need.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

Oh yes, very much. We know each other because we shared the sport together. We talk to each other no matter how long ago it’s been since we played the game or last saw each other. The baseball community is a family because we are very good to one another.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? 

I know quite a few guys from Puerto Rico. I know they are helping a lot more guys in need from Puerto Rico that I don’t know names personally.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

Oh yes! Very much, very very much I would recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need.

Thank You Thursday 10-16-2014 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of the mother of a former Minor League player.

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Dear B.A.T. staff,

We want to sincerely thank you and the B.A.T. family for giving our son a chance for recovery.  We truly believe we were loosing him.  We know that rehabilitation is a long process but he sounds good and this has given him hope for a future.  

Thank you again, our sincere gratitude!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to BAT with Tommy Davis

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I heard about B.A.T. a long time ago. Just being part of the game over so many years you tend to hear about it from time to time.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

I started supporting and attending the B.A.T. dinner a long time ago. The reason that I do support the B.A.T. is because it helps ballplayers in need. They assist ballplayers and their families who need help.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

It has to be a family, like anything else.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? 

Several of my friends have been assisted by this organization because they were in need. I’m gratified to know that B.A.T. could assist them.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

I would recommend B.A.T. to anybody who needs help in the baseball family.

Stepping up to BAT with Ron Davis

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  1. How did you first hear about B.A.T.?

I first heard about the Baseball Assistance Team back in 1991 when I retired. They were in Arizona and invited all the alumni out there for an event.

  1. Why do you believe in B.A.T.? Why do you support B.A.T.?

They help us. By ‘us’ I mean all family members who play baseball and are a part of baseball, from minor league players to umpires to scouts. We don’t have anybody else out there helping us. Back in the 60-70’s and mid-80’s, even Major League players didn’t make a lot of money, as far as salary wise, and they fall on hard times and need assistance. It is great to have a place to fall back on like B.A.T.

  1. Would you consider the baseball community a family? Why?

Yes, without a doubt the baseball community is a family and that’s the most important thing about playing the game. When we played against each other we were very competitive, but now it’s we’re like lost brothers and family members.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? 

I know a few guys who B.A.T. has assisted.

  1. Would you recommend B.A.T. to members of the baseball family in need?

I would recommend B.A.T. without a doubt. There’s guys out there who are real proud and it’s really hard for them to accept help, they don’t want to make it sound like charity. They think they can get it done themselves, but sometimes we all need a little help and I recommend them whenever I can.

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