The Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) announced today that it has created the "Commissioner Bud Selig Leadership Award," which will be presented each year at the "Going to Bat for B.A.T." Fundraising Dinner to the baseball executive who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to enhancing the resources and reach of B.A.T. throughout the professional baseball world. Commissioner Selig will accept the inaugural award at this year's landmark 25th annual dinner, which is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. For more information and to purchase tickets for the event, please visit BaseballAssistanceTeam.com.
"The Baseball Assistance Team is a special organization, unlike any other in sports, that has provided vital help to many different contributors to our industry during their times of need," Commissioner Selig said. "It has been a privilege to support the mission of B.A.T. in the last two decades as Commissioner and throughout my career in baseball. I am touched by this recognition."
"We are proud to bestow this honor upon Commissioner Selig to recognize baseball front office executives who support our organization in a meaningful way," said 13-year Major Leaguer Randy Winn, President of B.A.T. "Over the years, we have received a substantial amount of assistance from individuals and groups throughout our industry, including players, clubs, executives, club and league employees, and fans, but none more so than from the Commissioner's Office. We are very grateful for the Commissioner's leadership and all of the support we have received in his tenure to allow us to continue our mission of assisting members of the Baseball Family who are in need of help and have nowhere else to turn."
The Baseball Assistance Team is a 501(c) 3 charity and a unique organization within the sports industry that offers help to members of the Baseball Family who are in need. At the annual "Going to Bat for B.A.T." Fundraising Dinner, which is one of the organization's largest fundraisers, fans are given the opportunity to interact with Baseball Hall of Famers and former and current Major Leaguers while raising money that goes toward assisting others who have fallen on hard times. The night's festivities include a cocktail hour, at which attendees have the opportunity to meet and receive autographs, and a dinner at which players are seated with guests at each table. All proceeds from the evening go to the Baseball Assistance Team.
Several members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Orlando Cepeda, Goose Gossage, Rollie Fingers, and Jim Palmer, are scheduled to attend. Additionally, Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones, who is on the Board of Directors of B.A.T., and All-Star pitcher Jason Marquis are scheduled to attend as well as are former All-Stars Jim Bouton, B.A.T. Dinner Chairman Steve Garvey, Davey Johnson, Tommy John, Howard Johnson, Cleon Jones, Lee Mazzilli, Rusty Staub, Bob Watson, Roy White and Dmitri Young. MLB Network's Harold Reynolds and Matt Vasgersian will co-emcee the dinner, while some of their colleagues at MLB Network, including Eric Byrnes, Sean Casey, Al Leiter and Mitch Williams, are also scheduled to attend.
ABOUT THE BASEBALL ASSISTANCE TEAM
B.A.T. was founded in 1986 by former Commissioner Peter Ueberroth, a group of former players and Major League Baseball. The organization is dedicated to assisting members of the Baseball Family through financial grants, healthcare programs and rehabilitative counseling. More than $29 million in grants have been awarded to date, benefiting more than 3,100 members of the Baseball Family who are in need of assistance with nowhere else to turn. All aid provided by B.A.T. is strictly confidential allowing those in the need to receive help discreetly.
In addition to assisting former Major League players, B.A.T. also offers support to former Major League managers, coaches, scouts, umpires, athletic trainers, front office personnel, Minor League Baseball players and personnel, Negro Leagues players, players from the Women's Professional Baseball League, as well as spouses and children under the age of 24 years old.
Entering its 29th year, B.A.T. strives to provide a means of support to people with financial, medical or psychological burdens through charitable contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. Major League Baseball is B.A.T.'s largest supporter, and all administration expenses are paid for by the league.
For more information about B.A.T., to purchase tickets for the Dinner or to make a donation, please call 212-931-7822 or visit BaseballAssistanceTeam.com.