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Motivated by Tragedy, Tim Anderson of the White Sox Launches Charity to Guide Chicago’s Youth

This Major League shortstop is #GoingToBat to help develop young leaders
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Tim Anderson, the 17th overall pick in the 2013 draft, is already well on the way to establishing himself as one the top young shortstops in the Major Leagues.  After batting .283 as a rookie in 2016, Anderson began 2017 as the White Sox’ everyday shortstop.

Considering Anderson had focused primarily on basketball at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., didn’t play baseball until his junior year in 2010 and doesn’t turn 24 for another week, he’s come a long way very fast.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars Visit Major League Baseball Players Association

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Melissa Bellerjeau, a Jackie Robinson Scholar and Jackie Robinson Foundation summer intern, provides a first-person account of her visit to the MLBPA office on June 7.  During her visit, Melissa, a Temple University journalism major, was joined by fellow JRF summer interns, Justin Mollison, a student at Vanderbilt University studying biomedical engineering, and Madison Johnson, a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying political science.

Jackie Robinson Scholar and Jackie Robinson Foundation summer intern provides a first-person account of her visit to the MLBPA office
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Melissa Bellerjeau, a Jackie Robinson Scholar and Jackie Robinson Foundation summer intern, provides a first-person account of her visit to the MLBPA office on June 7.  During her visit, Melissa, a Temple University journalism major, was joined by fellow JRF summer interns, Justin Mollison, a student at Vanderbilt University studying biomedical engineering, and Madison Johnson, a student at the University of Pennsylvania studying political science.

MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark Honored by A Better Chance with its DreamBuilder Award

A Better Chance shines light on inspiring teen scholars and business leaders
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It was quite a lively and inspiring scene last Friday afternoon (June 9) at the non-profit A Better Chance's annual awards luncheon, held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City and emceed by CNBC reporter, Bertha Coombs.  Hundreds of supporters turned out to cheer on several worthy award winners, including high school-aged scholars and national business leaders, including MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark, the recipient of the DreamBuilder Award.

Yankees CC Sabathia Takes to the Lanes to "Pitch in for Kids"

CC Sabathia is #GoingToBat for kids in CA and NY
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Nearing 37 years of age, Carsten Charles Sabathia is still getting the job done for the New York Yankees. Sabathia, who has the second-most wins (230) among active pitchers in the majors, leads the Yankees with seven wins so far in 2017.

The Vallejo, Calif., native has built a superstar résumé over his 16-year career with Cleveland, Milwaukee and New York – twice leading the majors in wins, six times making the All-Star game, even winning a World Series with the Yankees in 2009 and the AL Cy Young Award with Cleveland in 2007.

Major League Baseball Players Association Shines Light on Michael Weiner Scholarship Recipients and Future Labor Leaders

Players' union honors past Executive Director through popular scholarship program
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Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark told Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies recipients all about the man for whom the award is named during a luncheon in their honor at the union's Manhattan headquarters on Monday, June 5.

“Michael was an encourager,” Clark told students. “He was someone who I leaned on quite a bit. He’s someone who reminds us daily of what we’re doing and why.”

Texas Rangers Pitcher Jake Diekman is Gutting it Out for Chron’s & Colitis Awareness

Major League Baseball Players are going to bat for causes close to their hearts
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Awaiting the third of three surgeries related to his ulcerative colitis, Texas Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman will be unable to contribute in the Rangers’ bullpen until the second half of the season, but the hard-throwing left-hander is using his time on the disabled list to help support others who suffer from his condition.

Major Leaguer Cameron Maybin is on a Mission to Help Kids

Angels Outfielder is #GoingToBat for Youth Where He Lives and Works
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Los Angeles Angels outfielder Cameron Maybin‘s 10-year career has taken him through Detroit, Florida, San Diego, Atlanta, Detroit again and now Anaheim, but the speedy outfielder has not lost track of his roots.

Maybin, who recently turned 30, hails from Asheville, N.C., and he spent the 2016 holiday season in his hometown; but instead of just visiting with family and friends, he and his wife, Courtney, had a bigger idea in mind—the creation and launch of The Maybin Mission.

Coming Soon: “A Day in the Life of an Action Team Captain”

Renown music video and narrative content director Andrew Vallentine to help shine light on high school volunteers
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Hundreds of high school students from Maine to Maui are helping Major League baseball players and Volunteers of America train and inspire the next generation of volunteers through the Action Team national youth volunteer program.  These teens – Action Team Captains – in turn, plan, organize and participate in volunteer activities of their choosing that support causes important to their individual communities.

MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark Inducted into Boys & Girls Clubs of America Hall of Fame

Union leader and former Major League All-Star credits hometown Boys & Girls Club for helping pave the way
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Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark was among seven distinguished community leaders inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's Alumni Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Wednesday, May 10.

In accepting the honor, Clark told the audience that he maintained a relationship with the Boys & Girls Club and supported it in each city in which he played during his baseball career because the organization had been such a positive influence in his young life.

All-Star Evan Longoria goes yard for Literacy

Star third baseman hits it out of the park for summer reading program
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All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria has been a fixture with the Tampa Bay Rays since 2008 when as a rookie he helped the club reach its first World Series.

Over his first 10 big-league seasons, Longoria has accumulated a Rookie of the Year Award (2008), three All-Star appearances, two Gold Glove Awards and a Silver Slugger Award. In short, the Rays franchise leader in home runs and RBIs has done significant work to help his club succeed on the field.

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