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Major Leaguer Hector Santiago Shares His Passion for Volunteering with Action Team Captains

2017-18 Action Team conference call series debuts with veteran pitcher calling in from Puerto Rico
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As the baseball season nears its end, the Action Team national youth volunteer program's season is just getting underway. With the new school year beginning, the Action Team program hosted its first nationwide conference call for Captains and Ambassadors on October 12.

Joining high school student volunteers from around the country on the call was current major leaguer Hector Santiago.

Santiago, a left-handed pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, called in from Puerto Rico where he is actively lending a hand in hurricane relief efforts.

Minnesota Twins Pitcher Hector Santiago to Join Action Team's First Teleconference of the School Year

National Youth Volunteer Program Teleconference Series Connects Teen Volunteers from Across the Country
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The Action Team national youth volunteer program will host its first teleconference of the 2017-18 school year on Thursday, October 12 (9:00 PM ET), when Hector Santiago of the Minnesota Twins joins Action Team Captains from Brunswick (ME) High School as special guests.

Once again, legendary broadcaster George Grande will host the conference call, which is open to all high school Action Team Captains, Ambassadors and adult Coordinators from across the country.

Players Trust Provides Funding for Approximately 1.5M lbs of Food, Water & Supplies to Puerto Rico

Hall of Famer Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez & Luis Aicea to deliver supplies to Puerto Rico on behalf of all Major Leaguers
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The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced it is providing a grant to Pacific Prowler Nonprofit’s Operation Airdrop, with support from the Office of the Governor in Puerto Rico and Unidos Por Puerto Rico, to distribute supplies to those suffering in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Major Leaguers Eduardo Escobar, Steven Matz, Buster Posey, Anthony Rizzo, David Robertson & Mike Trout Selected by Fans as Division Finalists for 2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award

These six players placed on Players Choice Awards ballots for league-wide player voting on Tuesday, Sept. 19
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New York, NY, Monday, September 18, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Thousands of baseball fans participated in a poll on MLBPlayers.com between September 12 and 17 to determine which players inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.

From Arizona to Venezuela Major Leaguer David Peralta is Committed to Improving the Lives of Others in Need

Major Leaguers are #GoingToBat for causes close to their hearts
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Even though Major Leaguer David Peralta is far away from Venezuela in terms of distance while playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the United States, his troubled home country remains close to his heart.

As is the case of many Venezuelan players in Major League Baseball, much of his family still lives in the South American country, where ongoing political unrest has caused shortages of food and medical supplies in addition to widespread violence.

Major Leaguers Recognize and Support the Efforts of Individuals Dedicated to Improving the Lives of Workers Through Their Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies

2018 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies Application Now Available
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NEW YORK, September 6, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced that the 2018 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies application is now available for submission through Monday, November 13, 2017. 

The Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies application can be accessed through www.PlayersTrust.org or directly by clicking here: http://bit.ly/MWScholarship

Major Leaguers Go to Bat for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Baseball players are stepping to the plate to help disaster victims and encourage others to do the same
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For perhaps as long as the game has been played, Major League baseball players have cared deeply about the places where they play and live, and that passion and compassion came to the forefront this week when baseball took a backseat to many players’ concerns for the people in communities devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey.

Minnesota Pitcher Glen Perkins and Wife, Alisha, Support Mental Health in Twins Cities

Glen and Alisha Perkins are dedicated to making life better for those with mental illness
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Around the time of Major League pitcher Glen Perkins’ sixth annual Fifteen’s 5K charity race, the MinnesotaTwins’ veteran closer was nearing the finish line of a nearly 16-month rehabilitation process from major shoulder surgery.

“I’m in a better place mentally than I have been,” the three-time all-star said when he returned to Minneapolis the day before the Aug. 6 race. “I think for the first time in my rehab I’ve been pushing our medical and our front office to say, ‘Hey, let’s go.’ For a long time I didn’t feel good enough to take steps.”

Major League Baseball Players to Put Their Passion & Personalities on Display During Players Weekend

Players Weekend game-worn jerseys being auctioned to benefit MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation
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Major leaguers wanted an opportunity during the season to engage fans through a celebration of their passion and personalities and they're getting that chance at ballparks across the country during the first-ever Players Weekend on Aug. 25-27.

Players will wear customized gear and colorful, non-traditional uniforms inspired by youth league uniforms during the three-day event, which was conceived as a way to allow players and young fans to connect through the sharing of their interests and cultures while bringing attention to causes they support.

Chicago Cubs Catcher Willson Contreras Finds Special Olympics Just “Ducky”

Contreras goes to bat for Illinois special needs athletes
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Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras found himself on quite the ride in 2016 – catching for the eventual World Series Champions, being part of a fun, and energetic clubhouse, and learning more about his position from a seasoned veteran in David Ross!  Sounds like the perfect way to begin a career.  He was a jack-of-all-trades for the Cubs in 2016, making appearances in left field and first base in addition to his duties behind the plate.

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