Stepping up to BAT with Ed Kranepool

Ed Kranepool

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

I’ve been retired from baseball for 40 years. The original people that started the program asked me to help at times. I was happy to help when I understood what a great program B.A.T. is for guys who are down on their luck. I’ve always been a supporter.

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

I support B.A.T. because it helps guys who are down on their luck – both former players and current players. I support anything that we can do to help ourselves. I am certainly going to do all the events I can to support and I believe the dinner has been a great program and fundraiser.

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

Baseball has been great to me, I’ve had a great life with baseball and I am lucky. I continue to follow and support the B.A.T. organization because I support anything we can do to help ourselves, our family and each other. Who is better to help then yourselves?

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

I know of the recipients who come to the banquet. I haven’t personally recommended anyone because I haven’t run into anyone who has needed assistance. I know B.A.T. has helped a lot of guys over the years.

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

I certainly would! The B.A.T. team keeps their work discrete, and they have done a great job in their support for people in need. The only time you hear about it is when recipients come forth and talk about it, and other than that no one really knows about it – I like that! I like that it is confidential and some guys who are down in their luck don’t have to have everyone know and they can still get help. It is a great program and a lot of guys do support it, and more guys should. I know a lot of current players that are active and participate in fundraisers and I believe in this great cause.

Stepping up to BAT with Rawly Eastwick

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

It was so long ago, probably 15 years ago or so when I think I got a letter in the mail about the charity.

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

The Baseball Assistance Team is a great program. It helps people that need assistance with health and medical bills and other bills they can’t afford on their own.

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

A lot of players that didn’t quite get enough time in the Major Leagues and didn’t make enough for retirement, they need help from us. I get a lot of cards in the mail, and I try to put a flyer in the return letters so people will donate money to the program.

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

I don’t know anyone personally who has been assisted, but I have heard of a lot of people who B.A.T. has helped.

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

Absolutely! I would recommend B.A.T. for all the reasons I support the charity.

 

Thank You Thursday 9-4-2014 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of a MLB club front office employee.

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Hi There,

I just wanted to let B.A.T. know that the funds for August were greatly appreciated and a huge relief.  It allowed for some weight to be taken off of my shoulders.  These funds are helping me tremendously and I am very grateful for this program.

Thank you!

 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to BAT with Fred Cambria

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

I’m friends with a few of the guys who started the program a while back.

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

Baseball has been my life. I believe in the program because it helps people in need and gives people a chance. It is a great program that does a tremendous job helping players and assisting players in need even after their baseball career is over.

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

Baseball has been my life and my family.

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

No, I don’t know anyone who B.A.T. has helped besides the recipients who speak at the annual dinner.

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

Definitely, that’s why I support the charity. I would recommend it 100%. I’ve been talking to people and corporations and they need to get more financial help – more people need to know.

Thank You Thursday 8-28-2014 Edition

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

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Dear B.A.T.,

I hope you are having an enjoyable summer.  Thanks for the check for my medical expenses and rent.  This has made my summer and life continues to be happy.  I am grateful for you for the help you have provided me.  Thank you for reaching out to me with your kindness!

 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to BAT with Dr. Bobby Brown

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

I was involved when B.A.T. was first established and I’ve been with it since the start.

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

As part of the Major League Baseball organization, I like to be involved and help – with non-profit specifically. I believe in helping players who have financial and health needs.

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

Yes, all players and those who organize baseball are a family in most instances.

  1. Do you know anyone who B.A.T. has assisted? Have you recommended anyone in need to reach out to our team?

I’ve heard the cases presented and shared at the B.A.T. dinners in the past. At the beginning of B.A.T. I was around to help spread the word.

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

Certainly!

Stepping up to BAT with Marvin Benard

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

I first heard about B.A.T. probably in ’97 or ’98. A friend of mine (George Santiago) told me about the charitable organization and what it stood for. Then again at Spring Training there were representatives to tell us all about the work they do.

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

I believe in B.A.T. because people fall on hard times, they have bad luck sometimes for no reason and they need help. I feel like I have been blessed with my life and luck and that puts me in a position to help. Like the saying goes, “today for you, tomorrow for me” and you never know what can happen. It doesn’t matter who or why or when, I try to help in whatever way I can.

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

You never know what can happen so if you’re in a position to help, you should. We help each other out when we can.

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

Yes, I know a couple of my ex-teammates who have received assistance from B.A.T.

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

Yes, I would recommend B.A.T. “in a heartbeat”. Sometimes it’s hard on egos and tough to reach out in times of need, but I would always recommend friends in need. I’m always looking out and listening to what is going on and if I hear anyone in need I would bring B.A.T. up to them, possibly even try and get them a phone number or contact to reach. Because of egos and pride, the confidentiality is a big deal, and so I would bring up the B.A.T. resource to help and then let them do what they want with it.

Thank You Thursday 8-14-2014 Edition

This week’s edition of Thank You Thursday comes to you courtesy of an MLB club front office employee.

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Dear B.A.T.,

Words can’t really express how thankful I am!

The things B.A.T. has done for me have helped me in a so many ways and I just want to express my gratitude.

Wishing you all many blessings!

Thank you

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

Stepping up to BAT with Benny Ayala

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

I first heard about B.A.T. from a friend in Puerto Rico years ago, a former MLB player – Orlando Cepeda. I was told that the organization helped people in need.

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

I believe in B.A.T. because it helps people. The organization exists to help out anyone in the baseball family and I believe in that.

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

The family of the baseball organization exists and it’s real and we help each other.

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

Yes, I know more than 60 players from Puerto Rico who B.A.T. has assisted.

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

Yes! I would recommend B.A.T. to baseball families in need because it really helps and it really works! The Baseball Assistance Team is unique to any other sports organization in the continental U.S.!

Thank You Thursday 8-7-2014 Edition

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

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Dear B.A.T.,

I am just writing to let you know how I am doing.  Things are the same with my health, it has not changed.  I thank God for that and the much needed help I get from B.A.T.  If it wasn’t for you I really don’t know what I would do.  I am truly grateful for what you do for me.  I hope you are able to keep doing it.  Things are hard for me and you make things so much easier.

Thank you!

 

To make a contribution, please visit baseballassistanceteam.com.

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