Veteran Major Leaguer Mike Napoli turns a phrase into a fund-raising phenomenon
World Series champion and Rangers slugger Mike Napoli is on his third tour of duty with Texas, and the 35-year-old currently sits second on the team with 22 home runs. He spent last season with the American League Champion Cleveland Indians, and crushed 34 long balls and drove in 101 runs, both team highs, as he helped guide the team to a thrilling seven-game World Series versus the Chicago Cubs.
Royals star shines bright for Big Brothers Big Sisters
World Series champion, All-Star Game MVP, three-time Gold Glove Award winner and 2017 World Baseball Classic champion — first baseman Eric Hosmer has developed an impressive baseball resume since joining the Kansas City Royals in 2011.
But in addition to making a big difference for the Royals in recent years, the 27-year-old has also made a positive and significant impact in the Kansas City community.
Major Leaguer #GoingToBat to promote education and love for the game of baseball
To honor his father’s dedication to both education and baseball, Major Leaguer Adam Rosales of the Oakland Athletics founded a program called “Sandlot Nation” while he was with the San Diego Padres in 2016. The program complements Rosales’ instructional organization ‘Baseball Utility,’ which seeks to grow the game of baseball with local youth while teaching sportsmanship and respect for the game.
Action Team Captains are making a difference in their California community
The Westlake Action Team is living up to its name based on the student volunteers’ whirlwind of activity in Conejo Valley, Calif. and surrounding communities during its first two years of existence.
On Thursday, June 15, Westlake held its second annual “Action Run,” a 5K race at Conejo Creek Park to support youth from Area Housing of Ventura Country, a housing facility for low-income families that in addition to less expensive rent also provides activities and educational programs for their children.
This Major League shortstop is #GoingToBat to help develop young leaders
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.
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.
Players Trust launches 2017 Buses for Baseball program with trip to Dodgers Stadium
About 50 young people fighting serious illnesses enjoyed a game at historic Dodger Stadium on Monday night as the personal guests of the Players, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program kicked off its 2017 campaign.
Players' union honors past Executive Director through popular scholarship program
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.”
Star third baseman hits it out of the park for summer reading program
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.