Baseball Assistance Team raises $4.3M in charitable donations

March 5th, 2024

For a third consecutive year, the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.) has set a record for donations during the 2024 Spring Training Fundraising Tour with $4.3 million committed from 1,700 Major & Minor League players, coaches and front office staff members among all 30 MLB Clubs. B.A.T. also received $50,000 from the Major League Baseball Clubhouse Managers Association (MLBCMA) as part of a generous five-year commitment (totaling $250,000) that began in 2023.

Additionally, B.A.T. has named the New York Mets and the Chicago White Sox as recipients of the 2024 Bobby Murcer Award in both the National League and American League, respectively, for the Clubs who led in donations to the nonprofit organization during this annual tour. This is the third consecutive Murcer Award for the White Sox. The Murcer Award is named after former B.A.T. Chairman and All-Star outfielder Bobby Murcer who helped launch the tour.

The Baseball Assistance Team, now in its 39th year in operation, is a unique organization within professional sports that is dedicated to confidentially assisting members of the past and present of its sport. Assistance is given to members of the Baseball Family who are in need through charitable contributions in the form of financial grants, healthcare resources, rehabilitative counseling and more. Those eligible to receive assistance from B.A.T. include current and former on-field Major & Minor League personnel (players, managers, coaches) as well as scouts, umpires, athletic trainers, Major & Minor League front office personnel, Negro Leagues players, and players from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. B.A.T.'s coverage also extends to widows and children, ages 23 and under, of the above groups.

During the Spring Training Fundraising Tour, B.A.T. board members Randy Winn, Matt Slater, Christine O’Reilly, Pedro Grifol, Adam Jones and Eduardo Perez joined B.A.T. President Buck Martinez, staff and previous grant recipients as they spread awareness and raised funds.

“We are so grateful to all the managers, coaches, players and staff for the continued support, which has allowed us to set fundraising records for three consecutive years,” said Martinez. “This support allows B.A.T. to help those within our sport and their families overcome difficulties in complete confidentiality. I would like to extend my congratulations to the Mets and White Sox personnel for leading their leagues in amazing generosity, embodying the legacy of our dear friend Bobby Murcer.”

To date, B.A.T. has awarded more than $65 million in grants, benefiting more than 11,400 members of the Baseball Family. All aid provided by B.A.T. is strictly confidential, allowing those in need to receive help discreetly. For more information about the Baseball Assistance Team, please visit:, or