B.A.T. is the charitable organization formed in 1986 by a group of former Major League Baseball Players to help members of the baseball family who are in need of assistance with no place to turn.
Tonight, B.A.T. is hosting the 24th annual “Going to Bat for B.A.T. Fundraising Dinner” on Tuesday, January 22nd at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, honoring the legendary Yogi Berra. Other HOF-ers attending the event will be Reggie Jackson, Juan Marichal, Joe Morgan, Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Rollie Fingers, Pat Gillick and Jim Palmer.
B.A.T. also will recognize Johan Santana, who will receive the Big B.A.T./Frank Slocum Award for his financial support and generosity to the B.A.T. organization, and Joba Chamberlain, who will receive the Bart Giamatti Award, which is presented annually to an individual in baseball who best exemplifies the compassion demonstrated by the late commissioner.
Cookie Rojas will be presented with the Joe Garagiola Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the organization. Chamberlain will also accept the annual American League Bobby Murcer Award on behalf of the Yankees. Luis Gonzalez, a five-time All-Star and current D-backs special assistant to the president, will accept the National League Bobby Murcer Award on behalf of the D-backs players. The awards are presented to the team in each league whose players commit the most amount of money to B.A.T. during the Spring Training fundraising tour.
Since 1986, B.A.T. has awarded more than 2,700 grants and over 23 million dollars to restore health, pride and dignity to members of the “baseball family,” who include former Major League players, Minor League players, umpires, scouts, coaches, former managers, Negro League players, athletic trainers, front office personnel, women from the professional baseball league and their spouses.