Release Courtesy of MLB
New York, New York - May 5, 2014 - Major League Baseball today announced the 31 winners of the 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. The 31 winners, one per MLB Club, plus husband and wife co-winners who are both survivors, will be recognized on-field at Major League ballparks on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th or an alternative date for away Clubs. The complete list of winners is located in the below chart and each of the winner’s stories can be found on HonoraryBatGirl.com.Fans across the country shared inspirational stories that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they or their nominees should represent their favorite team. The 31 Honorary Bat Girl winners were selected by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com along with feedback from a Guest Judging Panel that included Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays, Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves, Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants, with country music superstar and Atlanta Braves fan Jason Aldean, and Sam Ryan, MLB Network host and reporter.During MLB’s annual Mother’s Day national day of recognition, the Honorary Bat Girl winners will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony, and receive pink MLB merchandise with two tickets to the game. For Clubs that are away on Mother’s Day, another home game later in May will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl. Players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards will also be pink. Games will use a pink stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game day baseball. Hundreds of MLB players will use pink bats and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.Following is the list of all 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Contest winners (Clubs in alphabetical order).Arizona Diamondbacks: Carol WellsAtlanta Braves: Lori SmithBaltimore Orioles: Debra NelsonBoston Red Sox: Barbara KnoxChicago Cubs: Lisa KatesChicago White Sox: Vanessa ParzatkaCincinnati Reds: Patty Stump + Mike Shroder (Husband and Wife Co-Winners)Cleveland Indians: Charlene WuthrichColorado Rockies: Carrie KollmarDetroit Tigers: Ann ChapatonHouston Astros: Tammy RobertsKansas City Royals: Paige LollarLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Danielle AdamsLos Angeles Dodgers: Isela DiazMiami Marlins: Beth ArmstrongMilwaukee Brewers: Lisa ZalazoskiMinnesota Twins: Becky GessweinNew York Mets: Stefanie LesnikNew York Yankees: Elizabeth TagueOakland Athletics: Kristin GoldthorpePhiladelphia Phillies: Terry MoserPittsburgh Pirates: Cathy McGrathSan Diego Padres: Lorraine HutchinsonSan Francisco Giants: Eleanor UhlingerSeattle Mariners: Donna Person-SmithSt. Louis Cardinals: Karen NealTampa Bay Rays: Connie WebbTexas Rangers: Sheila TaylorToronto Blue Jays: Tracy GavrielidesWashington Nationals: Annie ArensdorfThe Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In five years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 4 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.