Players from the Mets and Brewers volunteered their time to teach baseball skills in Harlem on a sunny Friday afternoon last week, but it was the students from the NYC Autism Charter School who shone brightest.
The event, part of the Players Trust’s City Clinics program and held in conjunction with Harlem RBI, provided a fun baseball skills clinic for the NYCACS students who enjoyed taking their turns hitting, fielding and running the bases in front of a crowd that included parents and friends.
TAMPA, Fla. – Players from the Rays provided early season excitement in their community this past weekend, first hosting a group from Big Brothers Big Sisters at the ballpark in the Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program then joining kids from the Miracle League of the Gulf Beaches the following day.
Drew Butera and Chris Young of the Kansas City Royals presented new baseball gloves to Miracle League of Kansas City participants. The event was held on April 23 as part of the Players Trust’s City Clinics program.
City Clinics is a grass-roots campaign developed by – and featuring the active participation of – current Major Leaguers to promote the game of baseball to under-served children across the country.
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson and Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke received their Players Choice Awards in pre-game ceremonies this weekend.
Greinke, who was presented with his 2015 NL Outstanding Pitcher award from D-Backs teammate and player rep Paul Goldschmidt on Saturday, was 19-3 with 200 strikeouts in 222 2/3 innings last season while leading the majors with a 1.66 ERA, a 9.3 WAR, 0.84 WHIP and a .231 on-base percentage allowed.
As part of its recognition of Jackie Robinson Day, the Players Association announced Friday that its charitable arm, the Players Trust, is making a $42,000 grant to the Jackie Robinson Foundation to provide a college scholarship to a young person in its program.
In view of Robinson’s historic contributions to players of all races and the enduring work of his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said it was fitting that the union increase its commitment to the ideals represented by Robinson, his family and their foundation.
NEW YORK, April 15, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Major League baseball players will bestow a $42,000 grant from the Players Trust to the Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF), the Trust announced today – the day in which every Major Leaguer will wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie’s legendary leadership and courage.
Pirates closer Mark Melancon joined the final Action Team conference call of the 2015-2016 school year, but it was a scholarship winner who persevered through a childhood battle with cancer who most inspired the high school volunteers who dialed in from around the country.
“I try to focus on overcoming the challenges and giving back, because I have this experience and I have the power to impact somebody,” Rachel Duke, whose leg was amputated at age 7 during her illness, told her fellow Action Team Captains.
In Prince’s honor the Players Trust will provide a $20,000 grant to the charity of his choice
NEW YORK, April 7, 2016/ 3BL Media/ - In a pre-game ceremony Tuesday evening, Texas Rangers infielder/designated hitter Prince Fielder received a prestigious Players Choice Award as the 2015 AL Comeback Player. Selected in a secret ballot of all American League players in recognition of his exceptional season, Fielder received his Players Choice Award from teammate and MLBPA team Player Representative, Derek Holland.
EVERETT, Wash. — Although they’ve competed with each other from high school up to the Major Leagues, Travis Snider and Steven Souza, Jr. have worked together to help refurbish Cascade High School’s baseball field in their hometown.
Snider and Souza donated $2,500 each to Cascade to update its 20-year-old batting cages and purchase clay materials for the pitching mound and home plate.
It wasn’t long ago that the Rays outfielder was taking batting practice in those same cages. A native of Everett, Souza attended Cascade.
NEW YORK, Monday, February 22, 2016/3BL Media/The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced the five recipients of a 2016 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies, established by Major Leaguers to honor the life and work of the Major League Baseball Players Association’s late executive director.
The 2016 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies recipients are:
Stephanie Ainbinder – Northeastern University School of Law
Brian Callaci – University of Massachusetts, Amherst