SAN DIEGO -- Padres closer Trevor Rosenthal has joined the B.A.T. board of directors, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday.
The Baseball Assistance Team, or B.A.T., is a unique organization dedicated to confidentially assisting members of the baseball community. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it has distributed $3.8 million in grants to nearly 2,000 people.
"This game has given so much to me over the years, and it is truly an honor to serve on the board of directors for the Baseball Assistance Team," Rosenthal said in a statement. "Through this opportunity, I look forward to helping B.A.T. continue the work they are doing in assisting those in need in and around the game of baseball that help make our sport so great."
Rosenthal joins announcers Buck Martinez and Eduardo Perez, outfielder Adam Jones and former Dodger and Padre Steve Garvey on the board.
Acquired from the Royals at the Trade Deadline, Rosenthal has been lights-out at the back end of the Padres' bullpen. He's poised to return to the postseason for the first time since 2015 with St. Louis.
Rosenthal spent the first six years of his career with the Cardinals, where he and his wife, Lindsey, served as co-chairs for the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
Now, he is joining the board of B.A.T., which has awarded more than $54 million in grants, benefiting nearly 7,000 people -- including current and former players, managers and coaches as well as scouts, umpires, athletic trainers, front-office personnel, Negro League players and players from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. All aid provided by B.A.T. is strictly confidential, allowing those in need to receive help discreetly.