Stepping up to B.A.T. with Danny Hultzen

This week, Danny Hultzen, a pitcher in the Seattle Mariners organization, volunteered to participate in our blog! Danny Hultzen1

1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is from my Dad. He always says, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” I take that to heart. I do my best to take this advice into my daily life. If something is worth doing, I am going to do it right and to the best of my abilities.

2. You have dealt with multiple injuries. What motivates you to overcome them and continue playing?

I’ve dealt with a series of injuries over the past few years and my love of the game helps me get through those tough times. I really am passionate about baseball. While unfortunately I haven’t been able to play a lot recently, my love for the game helps me push through the hurdles as I’ve tried to overcome my recent injuries. I do everything in my power to help me get back on the field and missing so much time has helped me appreciate the time I’ve had playing. Being sidelined with injuries really puts things into perspective.

3. In what ways would you consider the baseball community a family?

I have been fortunate to have met some great friends and teammates while playing baseball. I’ve grown to consider many of them family. We go through so much together, including the ups and downs that are inherent while going though the marathon that is the baseball season. Sharing those times with each other, you really start to connect and develop really strong relationships with many of those people around you.

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

I support B.A.T. because of all the good work they do. I think it is really great that B.A.T. has helped a lot of people in need who may not have anywhere else to turn to.

5. Why do you think it is important to raise awareness about B.A.T.?

I think it’s important to raise awareness about B.A.T. because of not only the great work they’ve done and continue to do, but also to help engage people in supporting the Baseball Family. Down the road, we never know if we or someone we know may be in need of assistance, but it’s very comforting to know that B.A.T. is there to help in any way they can.

Thank You Thursday 7/14/2016 Edition

This week’s Thank You Thursday is brought to you courtesy of the son of a former Negro League player.

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Hope this email finds you well. Again, I wish to THANK YOU for all the assistance you and Major League Baseball helped with our beloved father and mother. I will always believe that without your assistance our parents would not have successfully survived as long as they did. Our father was 90+ and mother was 93+. It is a MAJOR blessing for our family to know that Major League Baseball and B.A.T. were present. I do not know who I can Cc on this email but let them know that B.A.T. was a POSITIVE experience in our lives. I am hopeful B.A.T. is helping other Major League players who may not be able to take care of themselves. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, & THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

If you would like to make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

 

 

Stepping up to B.A.T. with Matt Cain

The current MLB players’ generosity is one of the reasons B.A.T. can provide assistance to members of the Baseball Family in need. In this blog series, players who support B.A.T. will share with us a little about themselves along with why they believe in our organization.

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

Our first featured player is Matt Cain, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. Matt Cain

1. What was going through your mind during the final innings of your perfect game in 2012?

I don’t know that I had one specific thought that was going through my mind during the ninth inning of the perfect game. But I do know that I could definitely feel the energy in the stadium, the energy from my teammates, and just the electricity of the game itself.

2. What is your favorite thing to do when not playing baseball?

When I’m not playing baseball I really enjoy getting out and playing some golf and I’ve started to try and take up a little bit of photography. I love taking pictures of my little girls and also of my wife riding her horses.

3. In what ways would you consider the baseball community a family?

Over the years of playing baseball I’ve definitely gotten to know people that I would have never gotten to know without it. And through that we have talked to past players or even present players about situations that we’re going through and they have been there to support us through it all.

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

I’ve seen firsthand what B.A.T. can do for a family. With so many families coming in to share their stories during spring training and to be able to show what B.A.T. has done is extremely amazing.

5. Why do you think it is important to raise awareness about B.A.T. within the Baseball Family?

There are so many people that B.A.T. can help in the baseball world. It’s incredible to see how many lives they’ve touched. When I first heard of B.A.T. I only thought they could help past or present players but that wasn’t true. They can help family members in need, bullpen catchers, and so many more. The length that B.A.T. is willing to go is unbelievable.

 

 

Thank You Thursday 6/30/2016 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Thank you for all your efforts in helping baseball families.  It is of great comfort to have your support and care. With your help and time, I can adjust to my new life.

Thank you again, I could not do it on Social Security alone.

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 6/16/2016 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Just a note to say I am ok and as always wishing you well. I hope you are enjoying a bit of warmer weather now.

Many Blessings… with gratitude as always.

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to B.A.T. with Tess Morales

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Hi everyone! My name is Tess Morales and I am the 2016 summer intern for the Baseball Assistance Team. After playing volleyball my whole life, I decided to focus my interests in the business side of sports.  Once I got to college it led me to study Sport Management at the University of Michigan. I will be a junior next fall. I work in the Michigan football office during school,  but baseball has always been where I wanted to pursue a future career (Go Dodgers).

Coming from Long Beach, CA is quite the trek, especially when your summer housing falls through on multiple occasions, but having the opportunity to work with MLB and B.A.T. specifically makes all the chaos worth it. In my second day here, I’m already in awe of the knowledge and passion of the B.A.T. team members and I look forward to understanding the grant process and the resources available to the Baseball Family a little better during my time here (like what a reverse mortgage is exactly).

After a day full of taking the wrong subway and apartment scammers, my internship with B.A.T. could not have come at a better time. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with this organization and am excited to help make an impact in whatever way I can.

Thank You Thursday 4/14/2016 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Thank you so much for what you guys have done.  When I found out I was going to be assisted I broke out in a big smile.  I have not done that in years.  I met with my doctor and we will be on our way.  The dental work should start next week and I will keep you posted.  He said it should take 3 to 4 weeks depending on the crowns and such.  Once again, thank you!  I already feel better about myself.  

Bless you!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 4/7/2016 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

We wanted to Thank You for all you do for us!  

This has truly been the biggest blessing!  

We are extremely grateful and will always hold a special place in our heart for you guys!

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Thank You Thursday 3/31/2016 Edition

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

TYT

Dear B.A.T.,

Going into my last month of the B.A.T. assistance, my family and myself can not describe how appreciative we are for your kindness and love for people in need.  The B.A.T. staff has always being available and  patient. I also want to thank the rest of the Board for understanding my situation and giving me the opportunity to receive these benefits.

Benefits of your help; I spend a lot of time in the ballparks and was able to update my dress code that was a little old. I represent MLB where ever I am and it gives me pride to be able to do it in all aspects. My son graduates from college this year and the help could not come in a better time. 

Things got very slow these last couple of months and that is when your help was incredibly great. It could not come at a better time. Things are getting better now. I was able to re-organize my life and now I feel very strong physically and mentally to keep going forward. Love all you guys, because what you guys do is all about Love! God bless your families and keep it up. MLB is the best. I am so lucky to be a part of it.

Looking forward to meet you guys down the road and give you a warm hug!

God Bless,

Aris Tirado

 Tirado

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Remembering Joe Garagiola, Sr.

When the Baseball Assistance Team was founded in 1986, Joe Garagiola Sr., was one of the founding fathers of the organization and was instrumental in its success to assist members of the Baseball Family in need. Joe was selected President of B.A.T. in 1989 and served in that capacity for 14 years until 2002. Joe truly understood the need for B.A.T. and the purpose of its mission. In the 1980s and 1990s, Joe was the face of the organization. It was through his passion for helping those in need that Joe brought MLB, MLBPA and the Freedom Foundation together to establish an endowment of a combined one million dollars in 1991.

During Joe’s tenure, he was instrumental in ensuring that the B.A.T. charter not only included former Major League players, but also Minor League players, coaches, umpires, scouts, athletic trainers, front office personnel, Negro League players and women from the Women’s Professional Baseball League.  In 2010, Joe was the recipient of the B.A.T. Lifetime Achievement Award which annually recognized an individual who was dedicated to the betterment of members of the Baseball Family who are in need.

Former Major League Baseball Commissioner, Peter Ueberroth: “I had been Commissioner only a number of weeks before Joe came to the office and informed me of the difficult circumstances confronting many former players. From that point, we worked with Joe and a number of former players in finding a model which could serve to close the financial gap for these former players and their families. The result was this organization which has grown into the current day B.A.T. I give Joe a lot of credit for moving this initiative forward. Joe had a very big heart for serving others.”

B.A.T. Consultant Sam McDowell: “Over the past 30 years of B.A.T., there have been a number of fantastic individuals involved in the organization, but no one who played a bigger role than Joe Garagiola, Sr.  Joe was there at the start and enhanced the organization to what it is today.  He also was persistent in visiting a number of businesses for donations as well as spreading awareness.  I came to B.A.T. because of the original suicide attempts we were able to avert.  In the 29 continuous years I’ve been a consultant for B.A.T., Joe was priceless and no one could or will ever take his place.”

B.A.T. President Randy Winn:  “The Baseball Family and the Baseball Assistance Team lost a legend with the passing of Joe Garagiola. As one of our ‘founding fathers,’ Joe served as an inspiration to so many members of the B.A.T. Board, including myself, with his passion for the organization, and I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of his legacy with my role in B.A.T.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the Garagiola family at this time.”

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