Best of the Week: 5/17/2020 – 5/23/2020

Orioles’ great Brooks Robinson turned 83 on Monday and some of his friends and teammates threw him a birthday party on Zoom – which is one of the best things I’ve seen all year!

~ baseballrebecca

MLB’s Response to the Pandemic, Part 3

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Cal Ripken, Jr., in 1993. Photo by Rick Dikeman via Wikipedia.

Last week, I reported on the efforts of MLB, MLBPA, and individual teams during this time of crisis. Several players have also pledged donations to various charities. Here’s a team-by-team rundown of what players are doing:

  • Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman donated a total of $125,000 to three charities: $50,000 to the Atlanta Food Bank, $50,000 to Giving Kitchen, and $25,000 to the Salvation Army.
  • Baltimore Orioles: Orioles’ reliever Richard Bleier catered lunch for emergency room staff at Wellington Regional Medical Center in Palm Beach County, Florida. Similarly, Chris Davis catered breakfast for the staff of the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital on what would have been Opening Day. Cal Ripken, Jr., Bill Ripken, and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation are participating in Feeding America’s “Strike Out Hunger” campaign.
  • Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward donated $100,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and $100,000 to MASK, an organization that is providing food and supplies to families impacted by the pandemic. In addition, the Anthony Rizzo Foundation has expanded its Hope44 Meals program.
  • Cleveland Indians: Trevor Bauer set-up and contributed $10,000 to a GoFundMe page for stadium workers.
  • Colorado Rockies: Daniel Murphy had donated $100,000 to a general fund for minor leaguers. Murphy donated another $100,000 to the Rockies’ “Stay at Home Opener” fundraiser for local food banks.
  • Houston Astros: Justin Verlander and wife Kate Upton announced that they would donate Verlander’s MLB paychecks to a different charity each week while baseball is on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. George Springer donated $100,000 to Minute Maid Park employees. Other Astros’ efforts include: Carlos Correa donated $500,000 worth of medical supplies to the city of Houston; Jose and Nina Altuve, along with the Astros Foundation, donated 60,000 meals to Kids’ Meals, Inc.; Joe Smith and his wife arranged for hundreds of meals to be sent to hospitals in Houston and greater Cleveland.
  • Milwaukee Brewers: Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun have partnered with local companies to provide meals to healthcare workers, providing 1,000 meals at their first donation event. Yelich, Braun, and several other players, as well as Brewers’ announcer Bob Uecker also contributed to the fund for Brewers’ employees.
  • New York Mets: Steven Matz donated $32,000 to New York City hospitals and first responders.
  • New York Yankees: Gerrit Cole said he would be making “significant” donations to Direct Relief, which is an organization that coordinates with various organizations to assist health workers. CC Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation joined with local grocer FreshDirect to hold a food drive to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs.
  • Philadelphia Phillies: Bryce Harper and his family donated $500,000 to organizations in Las Vegas and Philadelphia or relief efforts.
  • St. Louis Cardinals: Adam Wainwright donated $250,000 to Cardinals’ minor leaguers. Dexter Fowler matched donations to a local food bank in Las Vegas, providing over 64,000 meals to people in the community.
  • Texas Rangers: Shin-Soo Choo donated $1,000 to each of the team’s 190 minor leaguers. He also donated $200,000 to Community Chest of Korea to support the city of Daegu, near his hometown, Busan. In addition, Kyle Gibson is helping coordinate the Big League Impact program, which is partnering with Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation to send funds to each big league city to help feed children. Elvis Andrus, Robinson Chirinos, and Lance Lynn also have contributed to this effort. Andrus also Elvis Andrus contributed to Fort Worth’s Assist the Officer drive which supports local businesses and restaurants by serving hot meals to local police officers. Rougned Odor contributed to both Safe Haven and Mission Arlington, which provide shelter and emergency aid people in need. The Rangers’ GM Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward are proving provided 1,000 meals for health care workers in Arlington and
  • Toronto Blue Jays: Hyun-Jin Ryu donated $100,000 to the Korea Disaster Relief Association.
  • Washington Nationals: Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan donated 25,000 meals to the Capital Area Food Bank. Nationals Philanthropies have given $48,000 to chef Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen and the Nationals have provided space at Nats Park for the cooking and packaging of meals to be distributed in the community.

There are likely other examples out there, but these are the ones that have been reported in the news over the last few weeks.

~ baseballrebecca








Best of the Week: 4/5/2020 – 4/11/2020

The Best of the Week: Cal Ripken, Jr., joined Twitter! Ripken was encouraged to join Twitter in order to promote his latest endeavor to help feed families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cal, brother Bill, and their Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation have joined Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and the Kevin Harvick Foundation to create the “Strike Out Hunger” campaign.  Together, these organizations have contributed $250,000 to Feeding America and their member food banks across the country.

We can always count on the Iron Man to help support the community. And we love his reminiscing and dog pictures, too!

~ baseballrebecca





Films on Friday: 2131

On September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken, Jr., broke the record for the most consecutive baseball games played in by a Major Leaguer. During that game, he hit a home run, as discussed in the video below featuring Jon Miller and President Bill Clinton:


Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca






Stat-urday, 8/24/2019

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Cal Ripken, Jr., in 1993 (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

Baseball’s Iron Man, Cal Ripken, Jr., turns 59 today! Despite retiring from baseball nearly 20 years ago, Cal remains an import part of baseball, baseball history, and the State of Maryland. Here are a few of his important stats:

  • At bats: 11,551
  • Hits: 3,184
  • Runs: 1,647
  • RBIs: 1,695
  • Home runs: 431
  • Career batting average: .276
  • Consecutive games played: 2,532
  • Total games played: 3,001
  • Seasons played: 21
  • All-Star games: 19
  • MVP Awards: 2
  • Gold Gloves: 2
  • Silver Slugger Awards: 8
  • MLB teams played for: 1

Happy birthday, Cal!

~ baseballrebecca






Films on Friday: Cal and Bill Ripken

I noted the other day that Cal and Bill Ripken made an appearance at last Saturday’s Aberdeen IronBirds game. Before the game started, and before they each threw out a ceremonial first pitch, they spoke about their dad’s impact on the game of baseball and why the continue to support youth baseball and their team the Aberdeen IronBirds:

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca