Mariners raise awareness of prostate cancer

Team wearing special blue hats during weekend series

June 17th, 2017
Mariners pitcher Yovani Gallardo wore a special light-blue cap during his start Saturday, as teams raised awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer. (AP)Tony Gutierrez/AP

ARLINGTON -- Like all 30 Major League teams, the Mariners are giving a tip of the hat to dads this Father's Day Weekend, and they are doing so wearing special light-blue caps along with blue wristbands and ribbons on their uniforms as part of an effort to raise awareness and funds to fight prostate cancer.

The special uniforms and hats are being worn both Saturday and Sunday as the Mariners play the Rangers at Globe Life Park and MLB will donate all royalty payments from the sales of caps and jerseys to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer.

:: Father's Day 2017 ::

For the first time this year, all Father's Day games on Sunday will feature a blue-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Players and all on-field personnel have worn blue ribbons and sported blue wristbands on Father's Day since MLB first partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation in 1996.

This year's campaign also includes the annual Prostate Cancer Foundation "Home Run Challenge," which runs between June 1-18, and has given fans the chance to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their favorite team. All money donated through the Home Run Challenge goes to PCF to fund critical research to defeat prostate cancer.

As of Thursday, more than $3 million had already been pledged via the Home Run Challenge. The Mariners are one of several clubs -- including the Twins and Brewers -- who have pledged a dollar amount for every home run their teams have hit during the Home Run Challenge time period.

Since its inception, the Home Run Challenge has raised more than $45 million for PCF.

On Sunday, and all 30 clubs and broadcast partners will express their gratitude by sharing their favorite baseball moments of their dad on social media using #MLBDads and fans are encouraged to do the same.