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.

TYT

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.

TYT

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.
TYT

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

TYT

 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to B.A.T. with Curtis Granderson

This week, Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets, volunteered to participate in our blog series!

2015 New York Mets Photo Day1) What is your favorite part about having your own foundation, Grand Kids?

It’s awesome to actually be able to help out kids the way I want to do it. I consider myself a big kid that knows the importance of education and have been very blessed with the opportunities baseball has provided for me. So to help in those areas has been my passion.

2) During your childhood, who did you look up to?

I looked up to my parents. I was around them the most and saw how they were with diverse groups of people and how they treated everyone the same while trying to help those they could.

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

The baseball community seems to extend so much further than just the teams we’ve played for or against. So many people that branch out all over the world that we are always around. Typically I’m being introduced to someone or working along side with someone in the baseball family everywhere I go.

4) Why do you support B.A.T.?

B.A.T. is an amazing organization that helps the baseball family. There is always a chance that something unexpected may come up. We can’t always turn to friends or immediate family for help but B.A.T. is there to help when we need them.

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

I think it’s very important to spread the awareness of B.A.T. because there’s a good chance that someone you know in the baseball family or even yourself may need the assistance of B.A.T. at some point in their life.

Thank You Thursday 6/25/2015 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

I want to thank you again for helping out my family. My wife will finish her 2 classes this fall and as for myself, it has been a major adjustment from baseball to having a “normal” job but I am doing it. We have paid off some small bills and have a little savings.

I can not express how thankful I am to you!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to B.A.T. with Stephen Vogt

Current MLB players who support B.A.T. share with us why they believe in our organization as well as some personal fun facts. Without these players, B.A.T. would not be able to do what we do for members of the Baseball Family in need.

Stay tuned to see if your favorite player will be featured next!

Our first featured player is Stephen Vogt, catcher for the Oakland A’s.

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 25:  Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics runs off the field at the end of an inning during the game against the Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum on Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brad Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Stephen Vogt1) What is your favorite baseball movie?

Little Big League

2) You have the nickname, “Everything Bagel.” How often do you actually eat an everything bagel?

At least 2 times a week

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

We are the only people that understand what we all go through in this life. No matter what we stick together and are family.

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

My wife and I have been blessed by this game and love to help the little way we can for those that are going through tough times.

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

Continue to educate and inform on the matter, so more people will donate and be willing to “ask” for help.

Thank You Thursday 6/18/2015 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

I can honestly say I have not been this happy in quite a long time and I owe this all to B.A.T..  B.A.T. has stuck with me over the past year and a half when no one else would and I am forever grateful ! With the help of B.A.T., treatment and  AA I have been able to build a foundation for living a productive sober life. The trust and relationships I am starting to make with people in  and outside of AA have been very special to me.  I know If I follow the path I am on now I have a great chance to stay sober and live a happy healthy life.

Thank you for everything!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 6/4/2015

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

We truly appreciate the grant which will be great financial support towards our medical and dental treatments.  

We are deeply appreciative for what you have done for us and will be forever thankful.

Thank you! 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

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