Rob Refsnyder of the New York Yankees knows a thing or two about standing out from the rest.
Refsnyder was adopted out of South Korea when he was an infant to a couple from Southern California. He became a three-sport standout at Laguna Hills High School, and enrolled at the University of Arizona to play college baseball. He was the Arizona Wildcats right fielder, and led his team to the 2012 College World Series championship. Refsnyder was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.
These six placed on 2016 Players Choice Awards ballots for league-wide player voting on Tuesday, September 20
NEW YORK, September 19, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on www.MLBPlayers.combetween September 13 and 18 to determine which players inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.
The Players Association, its longest tenured member, Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball are joining with New York State and Harlem RBI in a public-private partnership to create the Roberto Clemente Urban Youth Academy in the Bronx.
Together, the MLBPA and MLB are contributing $4 million from their joint Youth Development Foundation to the project announced Wednesday (July 20) in which the existing baseball and softball fields at Roberto Clemente State Park will be renovated and programs developed to provide world-class baseball opportunities for New York City kids.
Carlos Beltran recorded a hit and three RBIs on Wednesday, helping the New York Yankees beat the Colorado Rockies. What he did after the game, however, left an even bigger impression.
Beltran’s third annual gala was held at Gotham Hall in Manhattan Wednesday evening. Proceeds from the baseball-themed event “Let’s Score!” benefit the Carlos Beltran Foundation, which helps promote health, fitness and education for children from low income families.
For CC Sabathia, pitching in for his community is as important as pitching for the New York Yankees.
Sabathia and his wife, Amber, established the PitCCh In Foundation in 2008. With a mission to enrich the lives of inner-city kids, the foundation developed three signature programs – the All-Star Baseball Clinic, Youth Backpack Program and CC Holiday Caravan.
The signature programs remain in place today, but the foundation has grown beyond the scope of these programs.
Before heading to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, veteran outfielder Chris Young detoured downtown to stuff school supplies into backpacks for homeless kids and shine a spotlight on Volunteers of America’s annual Operation Backpack program.
The Greater New York VOA affiliate recruited volunteers like Young over a three-week long period to help in sorting supplies and assembling backpacks for distribution to shelters.
It’s almost Action Team time. The beginning of the school year is when existing Action Team Captains – those high school students who plan and organize Action Team events in their school and community – are busy planning how they’ll make a difference during the year. It’s also when students are forming new Action Teams at high schools across the country, and, in the process – whether they know it or not – of building a legacy that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
Blanketed by a late-night snowstorm, Queens Vocational Technical High School in Long Island City, N.Y., seemed still from the outside on a cold, slushy Saturday in late January.
But it was anything but calm on the inside, where 25 Action Team volunteers were hosting a baseball clinic featuring Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Yankees pitcher Chris Capuano that would also serve as the backdrop for the taping of the Action Team’s newest Public Service Announcement campaign.
Although his playing career may have ended, Derek Jeter has been spending a lot of his time in the New York area, most recently catching up with kids in need from the local community. On Monday, December 8, Derek surprised 485 children at his Turn 2 Foundation’s annual Holiday Express at AMC Lincoln Center Theatre. Holiday Express is an annual event that alternates locations between New York and Kalamazoo, Michigan.