Thank You Thursday 10/8/2015 Edition

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


Dear B.A.T.,

I apologize for not writing sooner.  With my dad passing in June, times have been tough.  I would like to thank all of you again for your generosity and assistance during our time of need.  It would’ve made my dad proud to know he was respected in such a way.  His funeral was beautiful, thanks to the assistance received from B.A.T. We are forever grateful.  As we move on from our father’s death, his memory is with us always and all of you will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.  

Thank you again and God Bless!

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Thank You Thursday 10/1/2015 Edition

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


Hello to all,

I don’t feel like writing but I just want to say thank you.  My health is not good and I am under the doctor’s care.  I want to say thank you because you have taken a lot of stress off me.  I don’t have to worry about where I am going to stay, you all keep a roof over my head.  I don’t have to worry about sitting in the dark because you keep my electric on. 

I thank you and pray that you are all in good health!

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Thank You Thursday 9/24/2015 Edition

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


Dear B.A.T.,

I just want to once again thank you all (and I will do this in prayer for the rest of my life).   When I opened the letter from B.A.T. to sign, I dropped to my knees and cried as I still can’t believe it.

I have always prayed, but it’s as if God heard my cries as I felt so overwhelmed and embarrassed of my debt.  I never prayed for myself but asked God for forgiveness for not being able to pay my debts.

This past year has been a very emotional one for me and with this assistance you have lifted such a burden I have carried alone. 

With sincere  gratitude …. THANK YOU!

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Thank You Thursday 9/10/2015 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a former Front Office employee.


Dear B.A.T.,

Words can’t describe how great of a program B.A.T. is, you all came to bat for me on 2 different occasions. As I recall at one point after being a victim of fraud and getting little to no assistance from authorities, I went into a deep depression not knowing how I was going to come out of my financial hardship. I was on the verge of my daughter and I being put out and B.A.T. came to my rescue. 

I reached out to the B.A.T. team, and they made the application process so easy and the fact it was confidential made me asking for assistance that much easier. 

When I got the phone call I was approved I broke down in tears, with no family and little resources for a single Mother it was a breath of fresh air to know that I could count on my baseball family. 

Thank you team B.A.T.!

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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.


Domingo Figueroa

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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

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Thank You Thursday 8/6/2015

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


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!

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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.


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!

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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. 


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