Thomas C. Brasuell, Vice President of Community Affairs & Educational Programming for Major League Baseball, will depart from his position effective February 22, following more than two decades of service to the game, MLB announced. Brasuell will also step down as President of MLB Charities.Before leading the Community Affairs Department,
Thomas C. Brasuell, Vice President of Community Affairs & Educational Programming for Major League Baseball, will depart from his position effective February 22, following more than two decades of service to the game, MLB announced. Brasuell will also step down as President of MLB Charities.
Before leading the Community Affairs Department, Brasuell managed MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program. Under his guidance, RBI grew from 12 participating cities to more than 200 worldwide and expanded to include softball. Brasuell also established USA Baseball's "Tournament of Stars," and in 2013 he was named to Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig's On-Field Diversity Task Force.
Brasuell, who became the inaugural Director of MLB's Community Affairs Department in 2000, has served in his current capacity since 2002, overseeing the community relations initiatives of the Central Office. He has been a primary liaison of the Commissioner's Office to the Community Relations Departments of all 30 Clubs, MLB's charitable and civic partners, and youth baseball and softball organizations. Brasuell played a key role in MLB's annual celebrations of Jackie Robinson Day and Roberto Clemente Day and helped direct the league's Breaking Barriers and Roberto Clemente Award programs, the latter of which highlights the outstanding community work of Major League players. He was vital to the legacy programs of the sport's jewel events and drove awareness for special causes and themed observances throughout MLB's regular season, such as the fight against cancer and law enforcement appreciation.
In addition, Brasuell supported, established or expanded partnerships with the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, Make-A-Wish, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and many others.
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: "On behalf of Major League Baseball, it is a pleasure to congratulate Tom on his many contributions to our sport and its community and charitable partners for two-plus decades. We are grateful that he has helped our game meet its most significant responsibilities and we wish Tom all the best in the future."
Sharon Robinson, MLB's Educational Programming Consultant and daughter of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, said: "The Robinson family joins Major League Baseball in recognizing Tom Brasuell's contributions to baseball and society. Tom is a great ambassador for the game, supporter of the Jackie Robinson Foundation and friend to our family."
Roberto Clemente, Jr., son of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, remarked: "From the start, Tom's work with our family and MLB has always been characterized by his patience and integrity. I would take nine of him for my team anytime."
Brasuell was MLB's representative to one of its core partners, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), and in 2005 he was inducted into BGCA's Alumni Hall of Fame. Jim Clark, President of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, described Brasuell as "a stalwart partner for Boys & Girls Clubs of America; he singlehandedly created moments, experiences and opportunities for youth that will never be forgotten. Our nation and its youth are better because of Tom Brasuell."
Steve Salem, President & CEO of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, said: "From the Foundation's earliest days, Tom has played an important role in helping to build the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation into the thriving national organization that it is today. Cal and I have called upon Tom many times over the years to help guide and shape our mission of helping America's most at-risk children. His passion for this work is always apparent."
Prior to his association with Baseball, Brasuell, a lifelong resident of New York's Lower East Side, was chief of staff to former New York City Councilwoman Miriam Friedlander and worked with New York City's Department of Youth Services. No replacement has been named.
Brasuell said: "For more than 20 years, it has been an honor to enhance communities and the lives of children and families through Baseball. I am grateful to Commissioner Manfred and Commissioner Emeritus Selig for the opportunity to positively impact so many through the initiatives I worked on."