LADY AT THE BAT: B.A.T. Announces The Bobby Murcer Award

Thursday, February 12, 2009

B.A.T. Announces The Bobby Murcer Award

I got an email from MLB today about Bobby Murcer: Bobby's memory will be kept alive with the creation of a new award by the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.). The Bobby Murcer Award will be presented to the team in both the American League and National League whose players contribute the most amount of money to B.A.T. through the Major League Baseball Payroll Deduction Program. The award will be presented during the 2010 Annual B.A.T. Dinner.

Through the Payroll Deduction Program, Major League and Minor League players and coaches can donate a portion of their salary to the B.A.T. organization. In 2001, as a member of the B.A.T. Board, Bobby led the charge and began the yearly practice of visiting MLB clubs during Spring Training to educate and register teams for participation in the program. Since 2003 the program has generated $5.5 million.

The money is used to help not only former Major League players, but former managers, coaches, scouts, umpires, front office personnel, Minor League players, Negro League players, their widows and children and players from the Women's Professional Baseball League. The Women's Professional Baseball League? Now that's cool.

They accept donations from fans as well. If you're in a position to donate, click here to learn how. Way to go to B.A.T. guys.


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