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Yogi and Joba being honored at tonight’s B.A.T. dinner

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 22, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yogi Berra will be the guest of honor, Joba Chamberlain will receive an award named after late commissioner Bart Giamatti, and the Yankees as a team will be recognized at the annual B.A.T. fundraising dinner tonight in Manhattan. Here are the details from the Baseball Assistance Team.

Nine members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Reggie Jackson, Juan Marichal and Joe Morgan, will be among the more than 100 current and former Major Leaguers scheduled to attend the 2013 “Going to Bat for B.A.T. Fundraising Dinner,” which will honor the legendary Hall of Famer Yogi Berra. Additional Hall of Famers scheduled to attend include Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Rollie Fingers, Pat Gillick and Jim Palmer. The annual fundraising dinner, which benefits the Baseball Assistance Team (B.A.T.), will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.

B.A.T. also will recognize New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana and New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain. Santana will receive the Big B.A.T./Frank Slocum Award for his financial support and generosity to the B.A.T. organization. Chamberlain 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. Octavio “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 New York Yankees. Five-time MLB All-Star and Arizona Diamondbacks Special Assistant to the President & CEO Luis Gonzalez will accept the National League Bobby Murcer Award on behalf of the D-backs players.

A number of Berra’s former teammates, as well as several players who played for him during his managing and coaching career will attend the 24th annual event, including Yogi’s sons Dale Berra ( the first player in baseball history to ever play for his father) and Larry Berra, Jim Bouton, Dr. Bobby Brown, Steve Garvey, Bud Harrelson, Tommy John, Cleon Jones, Ed Kranepool, Phil Linz, Rusty Staub, Ron Swoboda and Bob Watson. The list of attendees also includes Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones, Boston Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow, four-time All-Star John Franco, five-time All-Star and 1979 National League Most Valuable Player Keith Hernandez, five-time All-Star Jack Morris, and many others.

Johan Santana will receive the Big B.A.T./Frank Slocum Award, named after B.A.T.’s first director. The award is given to a player who has been financially generous to the organization and best exemplifies Slocum’s community-focused values. Santana has two charity-based foundations, one based in Venezuela and one in the United States. Three days prior to becoming the first pitcher in Mets history to throw a no-hitter, Santana and his Johan Santana Foundation joined forces with the Mets Foundation to provide seed money to launch a new Tuesday’s Children initiative for Spanish-speaking members of the 9/11 community. Tuesday’s Children is a non-profit family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Santana and his Foundation allowed Tuesday’s Children to increase its outreach and enhance services and programs for the underserved Spanish-speaking community. The lefthander serves as the project’s spokesperson help reaching those in need. For the last seven years he has hosted a holiday party in his hometown of Tovar, Venezuela. During this weekend-long event, Santana helps umpire a baseball tournament, oversees a health and wellness outreach program for children and adults, and hands out over 10,000 gifts to children. Santana has a long-standing commitment to raising awareness about skin cancer, specifically Melanoma after the wife of one of his agents was lost to the disease. He was one of the first area athletes to rally support for victims of Hurricane Sandy, delivering supplies and bottled water to Brooklyn residents, especially those near MCU Park, the home of the Mets’ Single-A affiliate Brooklyn Cyclones.

Joba Chamberlain will receive the Bart Giamatti Award, which is presented annually to an individual associated with baseball who best exemplifies the compassion demonstrated by the late Commissioner. Since arriving in New York, he has been involved with the Police Athletic League, New Yorkers for Children, Camp Acorn, and the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2010, Chamberlain was awarded the Thurman Munson Award for his philanthropic efforts. In 2011, Chamberlain and his sister, Tasha, created the Dream 62 Foundation to help children in need and the disabled in both Nebraska and New York, and he spends countless hours fundraising and attending events in the off-season to promote awareness. He recently raised $25,000 for the foundation by answering sales calls at ICAP’s annual charity day. The foundation hosted its first annual cocktail mixer on December 13th to raise money to help build a baseball facility in Lincoln.

For the fourth consecutive year, the New York Yankees will be the American League Club recognized as the recipients of the annual Bobby Murcer Award. The Arizona Diamondbacks will receive the award for the first time, on behalf of the National League. In 2009, B.A.T. established the award in honor of the late B.A.T. Chairman, MLB All-Star and Yankees legend. The award is presented to the team in both the American League and National League whose players commit the most amount of money to B.A.T. during the Spring Training Fundraising Tour. The Yankees have won the award for the American League each year since it was created. Bobby’s widow Kay Murcer, and his son Todd Murcer will be on-hand to present the awards at this year’s dinner.

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102 Responses to “Yogi and Joba being honored at tonight’s B.A.T. dinner”

  1. LevinsonSF January 22nd, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    How can you not like Joba? and not being a NY’er, I was surprised to hear such great stuff about Johan Santana…

  2. Chip January 22nd, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    Jerkface January 22nd, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    In return you’re getting a guy who might be no better than what the Yankees already have in Melky Mesa or Zoilo Almonte.

    Or Betances is Brackman and Dom Brown is a major league outfielder and then oh no! Brown could atleast play in the majors next year. Betances has to get his walk rate into single digits.
    —————–

    Yeah both of them are a risk to be anything other than minor league flame outs – but before giving up on Betances I would try converting him to relief and see if that works. Also maybe having someone who isn’t a complete putz in charge of the development of minor league pitching would help him too.

    Brown has been given a lot of looks and never shown enough for the Phillies to trust him. Again, that might be an indictment of the Phillies’ self scouting and development, but it could just be that he’s a Quad A ball player.

  3. yankeefeminista January 22nd, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Brown has had a swing tweak and multiple injuries to hand/wrist, which may have affected his power, injuries to knees, neck, etc. Wonder if he can stay healthy this year or if he is damaged goods.

    Also in spite of the numbers, whenever I have seen him bat, he actually lacks much plate discipline. But then he was facing Betances, Brett Marshall, Banuelos, so…

    Atta boy, Joba!

  4. J. Alfred Prufrock January 22nd, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    yankeefeminista January 22nd, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    “The AFL outings sound encouraging.”

    Yep, AAA was the outlier actually, plus he had the shoulder strain. AFL = 11.25 K/9 3.00 BB/9 3.75 K/BB
    ///

    On AAA being an outlier: no question about that.

    Wonder if that shoulder strain had anything to do with that weird interruption of momentum and less leg drive? Nice K/BB there. Wonder if he threw changeups. They were short stints.

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock January 22nd, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Good joba. ;D

  6. Chip January 22nd, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I like Craig Calcaterra’s hypothesis on why Dom Brown can’t get a look “he must have had an affair with Ruben Amaro’s wife or something”

  7. theREALkevin January 22nd, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I for one would trade Betances for Dom brown. Should have dealt him a while ago, quit compounding the error if you can something of value right now. Of course if the offers are crap you have to hold onto him and just hope he finds it.

  8. Rich in NJ January 22nd, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Axisa has a good writeup on Youkilis’s swing v. RHP with heatmaps, and what adjustments Long hopes to make.

  9. blake January 22nd, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I really hope Joba has a good year and sets himself up to get paid next year…..

  10. blake January 22nd, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 22, 2013 at 6:35 pm
    Axisa has a good writeup on Youkilis’s swing v. RHP with heatmaps, and what adjustments Long hopes to make.

    I think a time machine would help him more

  11. Rich in NJ January 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Heh. A time machine could make the Yankees’ current expenditures look smart.

  12. blake January 22nd, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Rich in NJ says:
    January 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    Heh. A time machine could make the Yankees’ current expenditures look smart.

    Very true….just think if we could teleport the prime seasons from Youk, Tex, Granderson, Jeter, Ichiro, and Arod!

  13. Against All Odds January 22nd, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Number 28 would be a lock but then of course you can’t predict baseball lol

  14. blake January 22nd, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    @AndrewMarchand: Joba: Hey, Youk, call me back http://t.co/HPsUePlf

    Hey Youk I just met you….and this is crazy ….but here’s my number

  15. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Jays sign, Mark DeRosa – someone to smack the younguns ’round when they get out of hand in all those big centres avec all that loot?

    Great to hear about Yogi!

  16. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Joba, too! I hope things work out for Joba!!! ( Even with u guys :D )

  17. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    … I still dunno what’s crazier, that Youk is a Yankee or that Hal considers him one of the top free agents on the market.

    I now have Call Me Maybe stuck in my head. Thanks, blake (also, I hate you).

  18. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Joba is due for a good season… kid has really had it rough. I hope he’s able to deliver and show he’s got a lot of value back there. I could get used to seeing Robertson and Joba taking over in the late innings once Mo decides to walk into the sunset.

  19. Chip January 22nd, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Joba is mostly irrelevant. We talk about him a lot – more than any other non closer relief pitcher – but even if Mariano and D-Rob got hurt, there’s no assurance that he would be the closer – it could be Aardsma.

    Joba’s just another relief pitcher, and not likely to be here beyond this season.

  20. blake January 22nd, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    “I now have Call Me Maybe stuck in my head. Thanks, blake (also, I hate you).”

    Picture Youks back hair while you’re singin it as a bonus

  21. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Chip, maybe not, but his heart touches us all.

  22. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Ewwwwwies!!!

    I think I’ve dedicated the majority of my brain power over the last several months strictly to keeping that song out of my head. (We sing it at work all the time.. usually, when the phone rings. Happens quite a bit.)

    Chip – Just just like Joba’s pudgy face. I’m a sucker for a chubby face. I wish Aardsma did a bit more to impress me last year. Hopefully a full off season healthy will make him more consistent.

  23. blake January 22nd, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I’m envisioning Shame Spencer washing her car while watching youk mow the grass right now :)

  24. Chip January 22nd, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Look – I hope Joba goes off and has a wonderful career somewhere; but I’m just saying, the amount of time spent talking about him versus his role on the team don’t match up.

  25. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Blake,….hilarious!!!

  26. Chip January 22nd, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    More stupidity from Boston – they have Napoli, Ross and Saltalamaccia and of the three of them they’re asking Salty to move to 1b instead of Napoli…that’s what I call smart baseball.

  27. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    blake – Oh my god, is this like a gross out contest? I just had one of these with my nephews. One of them ended up ‘drinking corn juice’ (we were eating tv dinners because that’s how Aunt Shame roles when she watches the kids) and won. I was sort of proud he thought of it on his own.

    Chip – We’re suckers for a good storyline ;) Anyone that involves even the faintest hope is better than anything involving which one of our 3B’s will be more injured this season.

  28. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Chip January 22nd, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    More stupidity from Boston – they have Napoli, Ross and Saltalamaccia and of the three of them they’re asking Salty to move to 1b instead of Napoli…that’s what I call smart baseball.

    ——————

    Are you sure about that? I thought it was reported Napoli would be at 1B.

    If I were them I’d see what I could get for Salty. Probably a pretty decent return in this market.

  29. blake January 22nd, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Corn juice from a TV dinner is def gross…..

  30. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I’ve caught more games than Napoli…..

  31. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Maybe they should call up Bob Boone?

  32. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Bill Freehan,….at the very least.

  33. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    ” The Hungry Man’s T.V. Dinner, ” by Swansons; I haven’t had one of those in years.

  34. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    It was epically gross.

    Their parents were just happy I gave them protein this time. Normally I let them have cookies for dinner when I watch them.

  35. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Shame, I like your attitude!

  36. blake January 22nd, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    @jcrasnick: #Dbacks are discussing a 2-year deal with SS Cliff Pennington. He’s in his first year of salary arbitration.

  37. austinmac January 22nd, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Joba, that is very impressive. Good man.

  38. Shame Spencer January 22nd, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Cookies are made with eggs.. and milk.. and stuff.

    Great hockey game by the Devils tonight. I’ve seen a penalty shot, a couple fights and some great goal-tending.

    Meanwhile, what are the Dbacks up to? They are a sneaky bunch.

  39. yankeefeminista January 22nd, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    People care about Joba not only because he is a good kid, but because he once had 4 very good pitches, and could have been a heckuva starter. A full arsenal is a terrible thing to waste. Further, if his arm is stronger now after rehabbing from the TJS and he can stay healthy, he just may surprise some people. Keep tuned.

  40. jmills January 22nd, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Shame, I knew u made good cookies. Its not as if you were trying to do Hanzel and Gretal in :)

    Hi, YF, keep listening to that Blondie!

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