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.

Stepping up to BAT with Barry Lyons

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

I was made aware of the charity through former teammates. We had a marketing friend who told us about the program when I was a player with the New York Mets and that’s how I became aware of it. Towards the end of my baseball career, I started to attend the B.A.T. Dinner.

B.A.T. came to my aid after Hurricane Katrina back in 2005, I had some friends who were instrumental in helping me contact B.A.T. I had supported the charity as an acting player and still do as a former player.

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

I’ve believed in B.A.T. before I was actually a recipient of a grant, before they helped me personally. I support B.A.T. because when I needed help and when I was in a vulnerable and devastated state, B.A.T. was there for me just like they are for so many others.

I support B.A.T. because of everything they have done for me and I am thankful and grateful for all they have helped me with, and because of the countless others who have been aided.

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

Yes, the baseball community is a family, absolutely! I have friends and former teammates that I was friends with as a player and I’m still friends with today. Even though we don’t always stay in direct communication, any time our paths cross it’s as if we were together yesterday. I’ve made lasting and lifelong friendships through my experience in baseball.

We are all family even though we competed against each other or played together. Baseball is definitely a family, it’s a brotherhood.

Everyone that I have had the pleasure of being teammates with and competing against I have utmost respect for and I am thankful to have them all in my life.

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

B.A.T. came to my aid in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. They assisted me and helped me get back on my feet and I know so many others who they have assisted as well.

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

I do anything and everything I can to sing their praises and promote their work and share how they helped me.

My personal experience has led me to know and motivated me to let others know the goodness of B.A.T. and what they do and continue to do to help others.

I am always available to help and speak out on behalf of B.A.T.

Thank You Thursday 9-25-2014 Edition

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

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Dear B.A.T.,

I wanted to say thank you for what B.A.T. is doing for me.  It is a dream come true and much needed.  It’s been at least 5 years since my last eye exam and new glasses.  My present and past prescription are miles apart.  I’ve had migraine headaches and stopped driving long distance and at night.  I caught Lens Crafters when they were giving a big discount on new eye glasses and I really love my new glasses I’ve chosen.  They make me feel proud and confident.  And with your help it works out very well for me and I am grateful because I could never afford it at this time by myself.  I will continue to work at getting healthier and have faith that things are getting better for me.  

The baseball family is blessed to have B.A.T. helping us.

 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to BAT with Willie Horton

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

I played ball many years ago, and the program started back then. We were reminded that there is more to life than money and you won’t always have that money to fall back on.

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

A lot of ballplayers through the years need support. I’ve worked with Sam McDowell in the past. A lot of players need support and have pride, so they try to stay independent and thankfully can get help without other people knowing about it.

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

Yes, the baseball community is a big family. B.A.T. finds people that need support and help family beyond our immediate family.

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

My daughter needed a double lung transplant and B.A.T. helped us with extended bills. We were blessed to get help during a time of need and I’m happy to say that my daughter is doing well, and B.A.T. has helped us continue living.

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

All the time! They have helped my close family and I tell people how much they have helped us. I recommend B.A.T. to all members of our baseball family.

Remembering Frank Torre

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The Baseball Family lost a great man with the passing of long-time B.A.T. Board member, Frank Torre. Frank’s countless contributions to B.A.T. helped mold the organization into what it is today.

Frank played 7 seasons in the Major Leagues – 5 years with the Milwaukee Brewers and 2 years with the Philadelphia Phillies.  Frank played in both the 1957 and 1958 World Series.  He was a member of the 1957 World Championship Team, when the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the New York Yankees in seven games.

After retiring from baseball, Frank served as the Vice President of B.A.T.  He was a key member of the B.A.T. organization since 1986 serving on numerous committees and as Dinner Committee Chairman in 2005 and 2006.  He cared tremendously about those involved in the game and took great pride in the mission statement of helping members of the baseball family. Frank’s assistance, support and advice has been invaluable to the success of the entire B.A.T. organization.  Through the years, he has played an influential and significant role in restoring health, pride and dignity to members of the baseball family in need through his input with the annual “Going to Bat for B.A.T.” Fundraising Dinner and the MLB Players Payroll Deduction Program.

He will be deeply missed by the entire baseball family.  On behalf of the Baseball Assistance Team, our condolences go out to the Torre Family.

Thank You Thursday 9-18-2014 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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Hi all,

I hope you and everyone are doing well.  I was glad to hear from you.  Well as time moves on and I get older there has been some medical problems.  My eyes and hearing are not good but I am still able to get around a little.  Recently, I got someone to help me with some of my day to day things such as shopping and paying bills.  I am so grateful for the help you give me because I really don’t know what I would do if it wasn’t for B.A.T.  

So I just wanted to say thank you so much for all you do!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

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