The Baseball Assistance Team is a unique nonprofit organization created to help members of the baseball family who are in need. For 30 years, the charity has provided individuals with medical, financial and psychological assistance, thanks to corporate, foundation and individual funding. In 2015, MLB players contributed $2.64 million to the Baseball Assistance Team. B.A.T. has awarded more than $35 million in grants since its inception, benefiting more than 3,600 participants. All aid provided by B.A.T. is strictly confidential, allowing those in need to receive help discreetly.
The Mets were awarded the 2017 Bobby Murcer Award for the team's efforts in contributing the most amount of money to B.A.T. in the National League during Spring Training. The Award, which is named after the former B.A.T. Chairman honors the team in the American League and National League whose players, managers and coaches pledge to contribute the most amount of money to B.A.T during the 2017 Spring Training Fundraising Tour. The annual tour was founded by Murcer to raise money for members of the Baseball Family in need of assistance. This marks the first time the New York Mets organization has won the Award.