Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts

Jimmy Rollins Stays with Philadelphia Phillies for Three Years, $33 Million

Jimmy Rollins isn't going anywhere Philadelphia Phillies fans, so you can pipe down now.

The animated shortstop has agreed to stick around for another three seasons to the tune of $33 million in a deal that includes a vesting option for a fourth year. Of course, the contract completion depends on a physical, which I'm sure Rollins will pass with flying colors.

The three-time All-Star and 2007 National League MVP, who became a free agent for the first time ever this offseason, has spent his entire 12-year career in Philadelphia ever since being selected in the second round of the 1996 amateur draft. Old school.

J-Roll, 33, has been one of the fan favorites for many years. When he's not turning double plays and batting .268, he can be found at a variety of charity events for the which raises money to support young adults living with arthritis while also advocating the prevention of child abuse by providing a portion of charitable donations to Prevent Child Abuse.

When he's not being generous and awesome, he's hanging out with teammate Ryan Howard doing all kinds of weird stuff...

Michael Cuddyer's Dimples Joins Colorado Rockies for 3 Years, $30 Million

A day after the Minnesota Twins signed free agent outfielder Josh Willingham to a three-year deal, Michael Cuddyer has made his decision. He's leaving Minnesota after 15 years in the organization to play for the Colorado Rockies.

The two sides agreed to a three-year, $31.5 million contract Friday, bringing a veteran bat to the lineup and a cannon of an arm to the outfield. Seriously, no one runs on Michael Cuddyer, and if they do, they are sorely mistaken. And out. A first time All-Star in 2011, the right fielder hit .284 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI last season, and had a .988 fielding percentage.


J.T. Snow to Host Charity Golf Classic in October

J.T. Snow is hosting a charity golf event next month, and we think you should check it out.

The first annual JSY Golf Classic, hosted by the (adorable) former San Francisco Giants Gold-Glove first baseman will be held Monday, October 24, 2011 at the beautiful Blackhawk Country Club Lakeside Course in Danville, CA, home of the LPGA Tour CVS Pharmacy Challenge.


Bowling For Chairty

It's that time of year again! Remember last year when we told you about the Twins and Pins charity bowling event that was hosted by Denard Span and Orlando Hudson? Well, out in San Diego this year, but Denard Span is hosting again this year for his charity of choice, The Jeremiah Program, and for Friends of St. Paul Baseball/The RBI Program. If you'll recall, we spoke with Denard last year at Twins and Pins briefly about his charity work:


Barry Bonds Has a Heart of Gold

Like many bloggers and baseball fans who enjoy the purity of the sport, we've been pretty hard on Barry Bonds in the past. Okay, really hard on him.

However, with the news of the Home Run King donating enough money to the family of Bryan Stow -- the paramedic and single father who was on March 31 at the Home Opener against their rival San Francisco Giants -- for his young children to attend college, we've had a change of heart. In fact, we're blown away.

Also, Giants ace Tim Lincecum withdrew $25,000 from his personal bank account and donated it to the Stow family fund to help with their outrageous medical bills. That also impresses us greatly.

This story brought tears to our eyes. Thank you Barry, Big Time Timmy Jim, and the rest of the Giants organization for being generous, loving human beings during one of the darkest times of this family's life.

[NBC Bay Area]


Brian Wilson and Cody Ross Are Dynamite

In case that whole baseball thing doesn't work out for Giants' bearded closer Brian Wilson and the adorably smiley Cody Ross, they may have found themselves another career opportunity... as lip sync artists.

Wilson and Ross are the latest guest stars in a YouTube video by Keenan Cahill. Cahill is a 16 year old internet sensation who has gained popularity lip synching along to various songs. Previous guest stars include 50 Cent, Jersey Shore's Pauly D, and Nick Cannon. Cahill has a rare disease, Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, which gives him a dwarf like appearance.

The Giants are holding a fundraiser for Keenan at their May 25th game against the Florida Marlins.

And now.. for your viewing enjoyment, we present to you their video. Enjoy!


Autographed Yankees High Heels for MS Treatment

Are you a Yankees fan who likes to wear high heels and give to charitable causes? Boy, do we have an eBay item for you!

Krista Reid-Brownlow is auctioning off a pair of white heels autographed by several members of the 2010 Yankees, including Joe Girardi, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Mariano Rivera, Phil Hughes, Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner, Dave Robertson, Jorge Posada, Chad Gaudin, and Robinson Cano.

Reid-Brownlow's mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis twelve years ago, and she is hoping to raise some extra money from the auctioning of these shoes to help send her mom from Canada to New York for MS Liberation Treatment. 100% of the proceeds will go to her cause.

Best of luck Krista!



Going to Bat for Charity with State Farm

We're in the giving mood lately.

State Farm has teamed up once again with Major League Baseball to give people a chance to attend the 2010 World Series, while also making a difference for their favorite charity by "going to bat" for them!

It's super easy to do. Just visit www.statefarm.com/gotobat, play the online Home Run Derby game for the charity you'd like to "go to bat" for and once a week, for ten weeks. State Farm will then select a winner and their charity. The winner’s charity will receive a weekly donation ($100 for every home run hit that week in MLB) and the winner themselves will receive a trip for two the 2010 World Series.

Everybody wins!

[MLB.com] | []

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Babes Love Charity Events

A Major League Baseball player's job isn't always to hit a fastball out of the park, or make a spectacular game saving catch. Some of their best work is done outside of the ballpark. Many players get involved with charities and community events, and they don't get nearly enough credit for doing so. That being said, Babes Love Baseball would like to tell you about - and commend - Denard Span and Orlando Hudson from the Minnesota Twins, along with Friends of St. Paul Baseball, for the upcoming "Twins & Pins Bowling Classic."

The folks who brought you the Mauer Golf Tournament and the Molitor Golf Classic are doing it again, this time they're hoping for lots of strikes - on the bowling lanes. Hosted by Orlando Hudson and Denard Span, members of the Minnesota Twins are signing up to participate in the Twins & Pins Bowling Classic to raise money for charity, and you can join them. The Classic will be on Thursday, July 29th at 7pm at the Brunswick Zone XL in Brooklyn Park, MN, and there are still spots open for you to participate as well.


Manny Hurts Himself, Donates Porsche

Manny Ramirez is scheduled to get an MRI on his injured right hamstring today, a day off for his Los Angeles Dodgers.

The wacky left fielder, who spent 15 days on the disabled list from April 23 until May 8, hurt himself in the first inning of Tuesday night's 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants rounding second. He stopped and dashed back to the bag, his foot making contact with shortstop Edgar Renteria's glove, which made the ball pop out for a safe call.


Balls for Charity... and Plaques

Our buddy John Bonnes of Twins Geek passed along this press release with the hopes that some of the Minnesota Twins fans who read BLB may be as interested in this as we are...

To celebrate the Inaugural Season of Target Field as well as to raise awareness and money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Minnesota, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, Nikco Sports will be donating two unique pieces of Twins history...
"A limited edition baseball featuring a stunning color photo of the new Target Field on one of the panels, and important historic information printed on the other panels, along with the official Inaugural Season logo is being produced to commemorate the first game at the new ballpark on April 12. Only 5,000 baseballs will be made, priced at $39.95, and each comes with a handsome acrylic display case. From each sale, $4 will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota.


Poker Pro Donates $200,000 to Baseball Team

Eric Baldwin may not have had what it took to get from Division III baseball powerhouse University of Wisconsin-Whitewater to the pros, but that’s just fine with him. In fact, it’s more than fine because he has become a pro in something else…..poker.


MLB Gives To Haiti

Major League Baseball has shown its heart, donating $1 million to aid victims of the recent massive earthquake in Haiti.

Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that the contribution is being made on behalf of all 30 teams in the league. Additionally, he is encouraging fans to help in relief efforts with MLB Network airing public service announcements that will ask baseball fans to make donations aiding Haitian relief efforts.

I'd love to see other major sports organizations make efforts in relief, as well. The NFL, for example, will have some major revenue rolling in with the Super Bowl just around the corner, and could probably stand to throw in a couple million. And what about all the sportsbooks out there, who will no doubt be making some big bucks on this season?

Just a thought. Our prayers go out to all who've lost loved ones in the Haitian disaster.

[NY Times]


Bert Belongs!

sick.If Bert Blyleven's 22-season repertoire doesn't punch his ticket to the Hall of Fame (3.31 ERA, 60 shut outs, 3,701 strikeouts -- 6.7 K's per nine -- 4,970 innings pitched, 287 wins, 242 complete games, .247 opponent's batting average, .969 fielding percentage, blah, blah, blah) maybe this stunt will.

Most Minnesotans used worms for the state's fishing opener this weekend (yay!) but not Bert. He chowed some night crawlers in the name of charity before the Minnesota Twins' 9-6 win over the Seattle Mariners at the Metrodome Saturday evening. All proceeds from Blyleven v. Nightcrawlers, which amounted to $15,000, went to the Parkinson's Association of Minnesota.

Bert's reaction to the worms? This may not the first time he's tasted live bait, since he called them "pretty tasty" and "full of protein."

We know you want to ...

Bert Belongs!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I am thankful for my family, my friends, Sooze and the rest of the Babes, and all of you.

I can't pretend that I am not thankful the face muff is gone from Youkilis' face. I also won't pretend I think it is an improvement. Since it was for charity, however, I tip my glass of Cold Duck to you this Thanksgiving, Kevin.


Pink Bats are Tough

these 2008 autographed pink bats will be auctioned off on mlb.comAccording to , an estimated 182,460 cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women in 2008 alone. Chances are, you or someone you know has been, or will be affected by the disease. Major League Baseball is trying to make a difference for the third year in a row.

What began two years ago as an expression of charity has become a solid tradition, as baseball will once again celebrate Mother's Day by wielding pink bats.

Partnering with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, the signed bats will eventually be auctioned off on MLB.com with all proceeds going to fight breast cancer.

Players will again wear pink wristbands and necklaces, along with pink ribbons on their unis. Pink ribbon logos will adorn the bases and home plates (also to be auctioned) and even the dugout lineup cards will be pink.

Furthermore, our buddies over at for each home run hit today. Awesome.

Moms are pretty great. You know, without them, we wouldn't even be around.

Here are a few lovely photos of some of our favorite baseball players' wives and mothers, whom without they'd be totally lost.

This heart-warming story is sure to have you calling your mother to say thanks and I love ya, and this one is always worth another chuckle.

Also, if you're wondering what it's like to be a female sports blogger, check out an interview I was honored to be a part of, alongside a woman with actual journalistic credentials, at .


It's All About the Pink

The fellas over at have put together an informative post about the special happenings around Major League Baseball on Mother's Day.

For every homer hit on May 13th (that's Mother's Day, people) the boys at Home Run Derby will donate $10 to the , right along with MLB's donations.

Many players will again swing pink bats that day, which will in turn be auctioned off for profit of the nation’s leading breast cancer awareness and research organization.

Pay the Derby boys a visit to see how you could help or just spread the word!



MLB Bans Craig Biggio from Wearing Pin

Biggio's Illegal Sunshine pin is ruining Bud Selig's DaySecond baseman Craig Biggio was pretty angry with the Commissioner's Office Thursday night after he was told to stop wearing a pin on his cap that bears the logo of a the Sunshine Kids, a foundation that helps children with cancer.

Biggio, the national spokesman for the foundation, said he has worn the bright yellow, sun-shaped pin on his hat every spring for the past 20 years without a problem.
"I'm not a disrespectful person and I don't disrespect the game," Biggio said. "But I've been wearing this pin for 20 years because it puts smiles on 20,000-something cancer patients' faces."
Houston general manager Tim Purpura was sent a fax from the Commissioner's office with a picture of Biggio from Wednesday night's game, instructing the player to keep it off his cap permanently. He was told to take it off during warmups and the umpires even approached him to make sure it was gone.

Biggio says he wears the pin during spring training because many of the pictures for baseball cards are taken during those games and the children like seeing the pin on those cards. Is that so terrible?

[Houston Chronicle] | [Sunshine Kids]


Carl Pavano Misses Spring Start to Save Girlfriend

New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano claims he missed his scheduled spring training start last Friday, not because of his own injury, but to tend to a "severe medical situation" involving his girlfriend. Pavano didn't give the specifics, but says his ladyfriend is doing well.

Chivalry, it seems, is not dead after all.

The right-hander left Legends Field about 45 minutes before Friday's game after Joe Torre told him to. He came back on Saturday to throw a 45-pitch bullpen session in preparation for his Monday night start against the Boston Red Sox.

Pavano has made only one spring start since bruising his left instep on a line drive during batting practice. Twinkletoes hasn't actually pitched in the majors since June of 2005, due to rib, shoulder, back, elbow and butt injuries.

[Hartford Courant]

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