Thank You Thursday 8/20/2015

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of Domingo Figueroa, a former Minor League player for the Atlanta Braves organization from 1970 – 1977.

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I am writing this to thank the Baseball Assistance Team for providing economic aid to my family and I. We are grateful for this contribution and are confident that God will pour his blessings on you and reward you with success in the professional and personal levels.

Once again I reiterate my deepest gratitude.

Sincerely,

Domingo Figueroa

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

 

B.A.T. presents the Detroit Tigers with the 2015 Bobby Murcer Award

Since 1986, B.A.T. has awarded more then 3,200 grants and more then 30 million dollars to help restore health, pride and dignity to members of the Baseball Family in need. On Friday, August 7th, 2015, the Baseball Assistance Team and Bobby’s widow, Kay Murcer presented the Detroit Tigers of the American League with the 2015 Bobby Murcer Award.

Named after the former B.A.T. Chairman who introduced the Spring Training Fundraising Tour, the award is presented annually to the AL and NL teams whose players commit the most amount of resources to B.A.T.  Bobby was a legend on and off the field.  His compassion for others and strong will to do the right thing was exemplified as a member of the B.A.T. Board of Directors. His role in life was that of service and that is why he is the name sake of the Bobby Murcer award.

Tigers manager, Brad Ausmus accepted the 2015 Bobby Murcer Award on behalf of the Tigers for their contributions to the Baseball Assistance Team.

Tigers BAT Ceremony

Left to Right: Brad Ausmus, Kay Murcer & Erik Nilsen

Click here to view the full presentation of the 2015 Bobby Murcer Award to the Detroit Tigers

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 8/6/2015

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

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Greetings to you all,

As I always do, I am informing you that I have received the financial support from B.A.T.  Once again, I thank you in name of my family.  My eternal gratitude for everything you are doing.  I hope you always have the willingness to continue helping many baseball players in need around the world.

Thank you!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

A Summer to Remember…

I cannot believe my time here interning with B.A.T. has come to an end!

This summer I was busy maintaining our blog and social media pages, preparing for our bi-annual Board of Directors meeting, updating our contact database and MLB player payroll deduction program, and most importantly, working and speaking with B.A.T.’s grant applicants & recipients.colette pic

My experience with B.A.T. was not only educational, but extremely rewarding as well. I have learned so much about the grant application process and everything that allows B.A.T. to successfully help others. I know I will be able to take away everything I have learned from this experience and apply it during my last year of school and beyond. It has been gratifying to see how B.A.T. has impacted different members of the Baseball Family in need. Getting to know grant applicants through the process, and having a hand in helping them receive a grant is something I will never forget. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of those who B.A.T. helped this summer.

Thanks to B.A.T., MLB, and New York City, I had an incredible summer! Now, it’s time to go back to Texas!

Thank You Thursday 7/30/2015 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a widow of a former MiLB umpire.

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Dear B.A.T.,

Regardless of the committee’s ultimate decision, I want to thank you (and the committee) from the bottom of my heart for all of your dedication not only my family but to all of the families you help.

It is such an immense blessing and it is one that could never be repaid!

Thank you!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to B.A.T. with Adam Jones

One of our Board of Directors and 2015 MLB All Star, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, volunteered to participate in this weeks blog!

1. You’re from San Diego and currently play in Baltimore. East coast or West coast?

West coast

2. What is your favorite kind of dog?

My labrador retriever, Missy.

3. How do you consider the baseball community a family?

We see players more than we see our own families. We’re together so much so we are forced to get along as a family. Within the baseball community we build so many lasting relationships globally by being around so many different people.

4. What is your favorite part about being involved with B.A.T.?

Having the ability to help our family which extends to scouts, umpires, and MiLB players.

5. In what ways do you believe it is important to raise awareness about B.A.T. within the baseball family?

I think it is important to raise awareness so former players have a crutch when they have no place left to turn. Sometimes they turn to family or friends which could strain those relationships. Here, they can turn to B.A.T. without straining those relationships. 

Thank You Thursday 7/23/15 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a widow of a former MLB umpire.

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Dear B.A.T.,

I am feeling better and I want to thank you for extending my grant.  With your help, I am making it financially.  Words cannot express my gratitude. I am so grateful for your help.

Thank you to the B.A.T. team for your kindness!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 7/16/15 Edition

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

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Dear B.A.T.,

I wanted to send my sincere thanks and appreciation for all you did to assist my family during the loss of our father.  

Without the financial assistance given to us by B.A.T., my father’s funeral would not have been possible.  

Thanks to B.A.T, he was given a proper burial and beautiful church service.

We thank you again!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to B.A.T. with Kevin Jepsen

2015 Tampa Bay Rays Photo DayThis week, Kevin Jepsen, of the Tampa Bay Rays, volunteered to participate in our blog series!

1. What is your favorite baseball movie?

Favorite movie – The Natural

2. Who did you look up to during your childhood?

I looked up to my dad for raising myself and my 2 sisters.

3. How do you consider the baseball community a family?

While playing this game, you end up spending just as much if not more time with your teammates than your actually family, so the bonds you create can last a lifetime.

4. Why do you support B.A.T.?

The baseball community is such a prestigious group to be a part. Everyone that has played this game knows how hard it is and knows how fortunate we are to be able to play this game for a living. You can almost compare it to a fraternity the way guys are willing to help each other out whether they were your teammate or opponent.

5. In what ways do you believe it is important to raise awareness about B.A.T. within the baseball family?

I feel that B.A.T. does a great job raising awareness. It is also up to us as players to let guys know it is ok to ask for help when they need it.

Thank You Thursday 7/9/2015 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Minor League player.
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Dear B.A.T.,

My wife and I want to thank the Baseball Assistance Team for their help as the economic situation here in Puerto Rico is hard. Many hours of work are lost plus the cost of raising kids and sending them to school makes your assistance to my family and I are more than grateful.

Thanks B.A.T. for your great and gentle heart in our time of crisis!

-Miguel Correa

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To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

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