MLB players uniting to 'strike out' cancer

League-wide day of awareness Sept. 2; players to wear "Strike Out Cancer" T-shirts

Players around the Major Leagues are uniting to strike out cancer.

Recognizing that cancer is a disease that leaves few families untouched, including their own, players on every club will participate in Strike Out Cancer Day on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Extending an effort begun last season by Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte, players on all teams will wear Strike Out Cancer T-shirts in their city's colors that feature a big backwards 'K' -- the baseball scoring symbol for when a player strikes out looking.

"I'm extremely proud of the players for rallying around a member of their fraternity to raise awareness for a cause that hits too close to home for all of us," MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said. 

Each team is supporting a different charitable organization dedicated to fighting cancer, as recommended by each team's player representative. Additionally, fans are asked to join in supporting the cause by purchasing these high-quality T-shirts at www.108stitches.com.

Proceeds from every T-shirt sold are being split between the Jason Motte Foundation and a charity selected by each team's player representative.

"I'm honored by the support my fellow Major Leaguers have displayed in joining the Jason Motte Foundation's effort to strike out cancer," Motte said. "What started out as a ripple of awareness in St. Louis a year ago has turned into a tidal wave of international support to help eradicate this horrible disease. I want to thank the players for standing together in support of this initiative, as well as 108 Stitches and fans everywhere for doing their best to help strike out cancer."

Players around the Majors will wear their T-shirts on the way to the ballpark, in their clubhouses and after their games to bring attention to the initiative. And fans who purchase the T-shirts are encouraged to wear them to a Major League game on Sept. 2.

The Players Association, 108 Stitches and players will support their "Strike Out Cancer" initiative through various social media platforms between now and Sept. 2, using the hashtag #KCancer14.

In addition, the MLBPA will contribute its customary licensing fee to the Brain Tumor Center at Columbia University Hospital in memory of Michael Weiner, the Players Association's former executive director who passed away last November after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

"For generations, players have demonstrated their willingness to stand together as one in support of issues important to them as a group," Clark said. "Their Strike Out Cancer initiative is just one more example of their solidarity."

Players representatives' charities of choice:

Team #KCancer14 Rep Charity Name
Arizona Diamondbacks Miguel Montero Ronald McDonald House
Atlanta Braves Craig Kimbrel Curing Kids Cancer
Baltimore Orioles Nick Markakis Lungevity
Boston Red Sox Craig Breslow Strike 3 Foundation
Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo The Anthony Rizzo Foundation
Chicago White Sox John Danks St. Baldrick's Foundation
Cincinnati Reds Skip Schumaker Jessie Rees Foundation
Cleveland Indians John Axford The Movember Foundation
Colorado Rockies Brandon Barnes Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
Detroit Tigers Rajai Davis Voices Against Brain Cancer
Houston Astros Brett Oberholtzer Leukemia Research Foundation
Kansas City Royals Bruce Chen Friends of Kids with Cancer
Los Angeles Angels CJ Wilson CJ Wilson's Children's Charities
  Jason Grilli Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
Los Angeles Dodgers AJ Ellis City of Hope
Miami Marlins Jose Fernandez Live Like Bella - Foundation for Childhood Cancer
  Jarred Cosart Make-A-Wish Foundation
Milwaukee Brewers Yovani Gallardo Brewers Community Foundation
Minnesota Twins Trevor Plouffe Susan G. Komen Foundation
New York Mets Dillon Gee Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
New York Yankees Carlos Beltran Go - Gogo Foundation (P.R.)
Oakland Athletics Nick Punto Jessie Rees Foundation
  Jon Lester Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
Philadelphia Phillies Cliff Lee Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Pirates Ike Davis Solving Kids' Cancer
San Diego Padres Cameron Maybin Sister Network Triangle
San Francisco Giants Jeremy Affeldt Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Seattle Mariners Logan Morrison Fred Hutchinson Center
St. Louis Cardinals Jason Motte The Jason Motte Foundation
Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria Moffitt Cancer Center
Texas Rangers Derek Holland Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer
Toronto Blue Jays R.A. Dickey Voices Against Brain Cancer
Washington Nationals Craig Stammen Darke County Cancer Association
  Kevin Frandsen 19 For Life