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Major League Baseball Players Association Year in Review: Players Make Connections With All Those Who Play and Love the Game

Major League Baseball Players and their union are committed to growing the game while honoring its past

The Major League Baseball Players Association had quite a year in 2017, on and off the field, as the union began its second 50 years of advancing and protecting players' rights.

Advancing players' interests took on exciting new forms in 2017 as Executive Director Tony Clark sought to broaden the player fraternity's reach by strengthening ties to the former player community, providing new and better platforms for active players to engage with fans and moving ahead with the vision of building a solid foundation to support and develop youth baseball around the world.

Major Leaguers Shine a Light on Teen Difference Makers

New video series features high school Action Team Captains from Cleveland and Tampa

Rachel and Hishaam are two teenagers changing the world for the better through volunteering.

As Action Team Captains, the two high school seniors have spent hours of their free time volunteering in their local communities. Now, their efforts are being brought to a national spotlight through the Action Team national youth volunteer program’s newest campaign, “Difference Makers.”

Major Leaguers to Build Homes and Raise Funds for Natural Disaster Victims Through a Pair of Dallas Events in Late November

Players Trust launches new "Returning Home" initiative to benefit victims of natural disasters
Press Release

October 27, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Major League Baseball Players Trust announced it will be hosting a pair of events in Dallas, TX on Wednesday, November 29 to help provide housing for Houston flood victims and raise funds and awareness for those suffering in the wake of natural disasters in California, the Caribbean, Florida, Mexico and Texas.

Eduardo Escobar is Committed to Helping Youth in his Native Venezuela and Minnesota

Major Leaguers are going to bat to help those in need around the world

This year has been Eduardo Escobar’s best year on the ballfield, excelling as a utility player before taking over at third base for slugger Miguel Sano to help the Twins become the first team to go from 100-plus losses to the postseason.

Charity Begins at Home for New York Mets Pitcher Steven Matz

Long Islander supports local causes close to his heart

When Steven Matz made it to the major leagues, he knew he wanted to give back to the New York community.

So Matz started the TRU32 campaign in 2016 as a way to acknowledge and thank first responders from the area for their tireless efforts in keeping communities safe.

Matz, who wears No. 32, has hosted 32 first responders at every Wednesday home game during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

“They sacrifice their lives in their line of work, so just to show appreciation to them is what it’s all about,” Matz told ABC 7 New York.

2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Nominees Showcase Diverse Community Commitment

MLBPA launches 2017 Players Choice Awards program with Marvin Miller Man of the Year nominations

The 30 Major League Baseball players nominated by their teammates for the 2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award showcase the diverse range of causes, commitments and creative approaches to community service taken by the current crop of big leaguers.

School’s in Session & Hundreds of High School Action Team Captains Are Set to Embark on Another Year of Helping Their Neighbors in Need

High School Students and Major Leaguers are Training and Inspiring the Next Generation of Volunteers

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, hundreds of Action Teams of student volunteers from high schools across the country are gearing up for another year of teaming with Major League baseball players and Volunteers of America to help train and inspire the next generation of volunteers.

Since the Action Team launched more than a decade ago, over 91,000 high school students have volunteered through the program to help more than 280,000 people in need. 

Kris Bryant to Shine Light on Wings for Life Foundation During #PlayersWeekend

Chicago Cubs all-star supports cause to honor a friend injured during a baseball game

Players Weekend, when Major Leaguers are permitted to wear nicknames on their jerseys and customize their equipment, provides a great opportunity for Cubs superstar Kris Bryant to pay homage to the three cities he’s called home as well as to a friend who inspired his charitable efforts toward funding research projects to help find cures for spinal cord injuries.

Houston Astros Catcher Brian McCann Rallies Against Childhood Cancers

Veteran Major Leaguer McCann and his wife team with the Rally Foundation

Houston Astros veteran catcher Brian McCann has been in the middle of plenty of on-field rallies during his 13-year Major League career, but perhaps the most important one he and his wife, Ashley, have been involved with is the Rally Foundation.

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

Contreras goes to bat for Illinois special needs athletes

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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