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12/17/2014

Statement of MLBPA regarding announcement concerning relations between US, Cuba

The Major League Baseball Players Association today issued the following statement regarding the announcement concerning relations between the United States and Cuba.

12/01/2014

Independent program administrator issues annual report

The Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball today released the annual public report from the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program's Independent Program Administrator.

11/11/2014

Major League Baseball Players Trust, Japan Society gather in Tokyo to spotlight earthquake relief, recovery

Japan Society today announced it will host a press event in Tokyo to highlight the Major League Baseball Players Trust's contribution to the Society's Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (JERF), and ongoing recovery work the fund supports.

11/10/2014

Twelve players decline qualifying offers

The following 12 players presented with Qualifying Offers by their former Clubs have declined those offers, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

11/07/2014

Full roster announced for Japan All-Star Series 2014

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association today announced the full squad of players who have been named to the MLB All-Star Team to be led by Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell during the upcoming Japan All-Star Series 2014.

11/03/2014

Two additional players added to list of free agents

The following two players are now free agents per the option provisions in their Uniform Players Contract.

11/03/2014

Major League Baseball players announce 2014 Players Choice Awards winners

Clayton Kershaw on Monday became the first player to ever win three Players Choice Awards in a single year, as he was recognized by his fellow players as the National League's Outstanding Pitcher, the overall Player of the Year and the Marvin Miller Man of the Year.

11/03/2014

Major League Baseball players to announce winners of 2014 Players Choice Awards on Nov. 3 on MLB Network

Winners of the 2014 Players Choice Awards will be announced exclusively on MLB Network, Monday, Nov. 3, from 8-9 p.m. ET during the telecast of The 2014 Players Choice Awards presented by PlayStation.

11/01/2014

Five additional players added to list of free agents

The following five players are now free agents per the option provisions in their Uniform Players Contract.

10/31/2014

Nine additional players added to list of free agents

In addition to the 121 players who became XX B free agents on Oct. 30, the following nine players are now free agents per the option provisions in their Uniform Players Contract.

10/30/2014

121 Players become Free Agents under Article XX B of the Basic Agreement

Below is the complete list of 121 XX B free-agent players eligible to negotiate and sign with any club beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

10/26/2014

Tony Clark issues statement on the passing of Oscar Taveras

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark issued this evening the following statement upon learning of the passing of Oscar Taveras.

10/01/2014

Major League Baseball players announce finalists for 2014 Players Choice Awards

Major League Baseball players today announced the finalists for their highest honors, the Players Choice Awards, in which the players themselves recognize excellence on and off the field.

09/30/2014

Altuve, Morneau, Harper named to MLB squad for Japan All-Star Series 2014

American League batting champion Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, National League batting champion Justin Morneau of the Colorado Rockies and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals have been named to the MLB All-Stars team led by Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell for the Japan All-Star Series 2014.

09/25/2014

Jeter finishes career atop most popular player jerseys list

As New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter approaches retirement, his jersey is as popular as ever. Jeter once again stands atop the list of most popular MLB player jerseys, and as the Postseason approaches, the next crop of young stars chasing a World Series title fills out the majority of the list.

09/15/2014

Fans select finalists for 2014 Man of the Year

Thousands of baseball fans participated in an internet poll on MLBPLAYERS.com between Sept. 6-12 to determine which six players, one from each division, inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.

09/12/2014

Statement from Chris Davis

The Major League Baseball Players Association released the following statement on behalf of Chris Davis.

09/06/2014

Fans to help select baseball's Man of the Year

Beginning today, fans voting online will help select the Major League baseball player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement. Fan voting for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award will be conducted on MLBPLAYERS.com, the official website of Major League baseball players, through midnight Friday, Sept. 12.

08/21/2014

Cano, Jones, Puig, Pujols to participate in All-Star Series 2014

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that MLB All-Stars Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will be among the group of accomplished Major Leaguers who will travel to Japan this November to play a five-game series against "Samurai Japan" (Japan's National Team) in "All-Star Series 2014."

08/14/2014

Tony Clark issues statement on the naming of Rob Manfred as Major League Baseball's next commissioner

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding the naming of Rob Manfred as Major League Baseball's next commissioner.

08/13/2014

Major Leaguers & 108 Stitches to host Strike Out Cancer Day

Major League Baseball players will stand together as one and do their collective best to "strike out cancer" on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, when they host a player-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities across the United States.

07/28/2014

Minifigurines depict top players as Little Leaguers

Now you can collect minifigurines depicting some of your favorite big league players wearing their former Little League uniforms.

07/23/2014

Statement from Cameron Maybin

The Major League Baseball Players Association released the following statement on behalf of Cameron Maybin.

07/18/2014

Tony Clark issues statement on Houston Astros

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding the Houston Astros.

07/15/2014

Major Leaguers announce creation of Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies

Major League Baseball players, through the Major League Baseball Players Trust (@MLBPlayersTrust), are creating a scholarship program to honor the life of former MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner, it was formally announced today.

06/27/2014

Starkey Hearing Technologies named presenting sponsor of 2nd Annual All Star Golf Tournament

The Major League Baseball Players Trust today announced that Starkey Hearing Technologies has been named presenting sponsor of the Trust's second annual All Star Golf Tournament, co-hosted by Minnesota's own Joe Mauer and Dave Winfield. The tournament will take place at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn., on Wednesday, July 16, the day after the 85th MLB All-Star Game.

06/19/2014

MLBPA, MLB announce creation of Puerto Rico Summer League

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association today formally announced the creation of the Puerto Rico Summer League, which began play on June 3.

06/16/2014

Tony Clark issues statement on passing of Tony Gwynn

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding the passing of Tony Gwynn.

06/10/2014

MLB players award $165,250 in grants to Volunteers of America programs nationwide

Major League baseball player LaTroy Hawkins of the Colorado Rockies presented $150,000 in grants from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to seven Volunteers of America programs that further the organization's mission to strengthen communities and build better lives for those in need. Additionally, the players contributed $15,250 to two local affiliates in recognition of their efforts to help grow and improve the Action Team national youth volunteer program.

06/10/2014

MLB players to tour Japan for All-Star Series 2014

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that All-Stars and other accomplished Major Leaguers will travel to Japan this November to play a five-game series against "Samurai Japan" (Japan's National Team) in "All-Star Series 2014."

04/30/2014

Javier Vazquez named MLBPA international special assistant

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today announced that former Major League pitcher Javier Vazquez has joined the association as international special assistant.

04/24/2014

Mauer, Winfield to co-host second annual Players Trust All Star Golf Tournament on July 16

Six-time All-Star Joe Mauer and Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, both Minnesota natives, are joining forces with the Major League Baseball Players Trust to raise funds for area children's charities when they co-host the second annual Players Trust All Star Golf Tournament at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn., on Wednesday, July 16.

04/21/2014

Major Leaguers award $36,000 in college scholarships

Major League Baseball players will award $2,000 college scholarships to 18 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

04/11/2014

Tony Clark statement regarding recent public remarks of club personnel about Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding recent public remarks by club officials about Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales that clearly violate the parties' collectively bargained agreements.

04/03/2014

MLB, MLBPA release list of most popular player jerseys since 2013 World Series

World Series MVP David Ortiz tops the current list of most popular MLB player jerseys, which features many of the top performers during the 2013 postseason, offseason newsmakers and some of the brightest young stars in the game.

04/02/2014

MLBPA, MLB, Mariners donate $225,000 to Oso slide recovery efforts

The Seattle Mariners, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are donating $225,000 to assist with the recovery from the massive mudslide in Snohomish County on March 22, 2014, that has claimed the lives of more than two dozen people with many others still missing.

03/28/2014

MLB, MLBPA agree to upgrades of Joint Drug Agreement

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today significant improvements to virtually every component of their Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. In making the most extensive modifications to the program since 2006, MLB and the MLBPA continue to take steps to ensure that baseball has the most comprehensive drug program of any professional sports organization in the world.

03/27/2014

Major Leaguers confirm Tony Clark as executive director

The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced that its general membership -- through a secret ballot distributed during Spring Training and through online voting -- has overwhelmingly confirmed the Dec. 3, 2013, decision of the executive board to name Tony Clark as its executive director.

02/25/2014

MLB Opening Series Sydney to be telecast live on MLB Network in US

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that MLB Network has been selected as the national telecast partner in the United States for the MLB Opening Series Sydney between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers.

02/24/2014

Statement of MLBPA executive director Tony Clark regarding new experimental rule governing home plate collisions

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding the experimental rule governing home plate collisions.

02/24/2014

MLBPA, MLB adopt experimental Rule 7.13 on home plate collisions

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have officially negotiated the addition of Rule 7.13, covering collisions at home plate, on an experimental basis for the 2014 season.

02/13/2014

Yankees, Marlins to bring MLB to Panama in two-game set March 15-16

A two-game series between the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins will mark the return of Major League Baseball to Panama for the first time since 1947, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) announced today. The "Legend Series" will be played March 15-16 at Panama City's Rod Carew Stadium and will honor the legacy of newly retired Yankees great Mariano Rivera, the game's all-time saves leader.

02/12/2014

Statement of MLBPA executive director Tony Clark regarding Derek Jeter

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding Derek Jeter.

02/07/2014

Statement of MLBPA regarding Alex Rodriguez's lawsuit withdrawal

The Major League Baseball Players Association issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of the lawsuit filed against it by Alex Rodriguez.

02/06/2014

Jeffrey Hammonds named MLBPA special assistant, player program developement

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark announced today that former Major League outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds has joined the MLBPA in the newly created position of special assistant, player program development.

01/16/2014

Statement of MLBPA executive director Tony Clark regarding instant replay

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding instant replay.

01/16/2014

Bob Tewksbury named MLBPA director of player development

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark announced today that former Major League pitcher Bob Tewksbury has joined the MLBPA as director of player development, a newly created position.

01/14/2014

146 Major Leaguers file for salary arbitration

On Tuesday, 146 Major Leaguers filed for salary arbitration.

01/13/2014

Statement of MLBPA executive director Tony Clark regarding lawsuit filed against MLBPA by Alex Rodriguez

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark today issued the following statement regarding the lawsuit filed by Alex Rodriguez against the MLBPA.

01/12/2014

MLBPA statement regarding the "60 Minutes" appearances of MLB and Anthony Bosch

The Major League Baseball Players Association today released the following statement regarding MLB's decision to appear on "60 Minutes" and to authorize Tony Bosch's appearance on "60 Minutes."

01/11/2014

Statement of MLBPA regarding the Alex Rodriguez arbitration award

The Major League Baseball Players Association today released the following statement regarding the Alex Rodriguez arbitration award.

01/08/2014

Kevin McGuiness to join MLBPA as chief operating officer

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark announced today that Kevin McGuiness will join the MLBPA as chief operating officer.

01/06/2014

Major League Baseball Players Trust to hold annual meeting, fundraising dinner and golf tournaments in San Diego area Jan. 8-10

More than 30 Major League Baseball players will gather in the San Diego area this week to mix a little business with pleasure when the Major League Baseball Players Trust holds its annual board meeting and fundraising events Wednesday-Friday, Jan. 8-10, 2014, at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and Del Mar Country Club.

12/09/2013

Statement from former MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr on Hall of Fame vote

The following statement was issued today by former Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Donald Fehr regarding the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Expansion Era Committee election results.

12/09/2013

Statement from MLBPA executive director Tony Clark on Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee election results

The following statement was issued today by Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark regarding the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Expansion Era Committee election results.

12/05/2013

Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield joins MLBPA staff

The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced the hiring of Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield as a special assistant to executive director Tony Clark.

12/03/2013

MLBPA executive board appoints Tony Clark executive director pending vote of the general membership

The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting.

11/21/2013

Donald Fehr statement on the passing of Michael Weiner

NHLPA executive director and former MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr released the following statement on the passing of Michael Weiner.

11/21/2013

MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner passes

The Major League Baseball Players Association is sad to announce that its executive director, Michael Weiner, today lost his heroic, 15-month battle with brain cancer. He passed away quietly at home in New Jersey surrounded by his loving wife, Diane, and three daughters.

11/20/2013

Statement from the MLBPA regarding the ruling by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in the Alex Rodriguez grievance hearing

The Major League Baseball Players Association today released the following statement regarding today's ruling by independent arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in the Alex Rodriguez grievance hearing.

11/14/2013

Major Leaguers designate $250,000 in funding from the Players Trust to support recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Philippines

Major League Baseball players today announced that they have designated $250,000 in grants to help fund the efforts of non-profits working to help the Philippines recover and rebuild from the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan.

11/11/2013

Thirteen players decline qualifying offers

Each of the below 13 players presented with qualifying offers by their former clubs have declined those offers, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

11/05/2013

Four players added to the list of free agents, per the option provisions in their contracts

The below four players have been added to the list of free agents, per the option provisions in their contracts.

11/04/2013

Major League Baseball players announce 2013 Players Choice Awards winners

Major League Baseball players this evening announced the winners of their highest honors -- the Players Choice Awards -- in which the players themselves recognize their peers' most outstanding and inspiring performances.

11/02/2013

Six players added to the list of free agents, per the option provisions in their contracts

The below six players have been added to the list of free agents, per the option provisions in their contracts.

11/01/2013

Eleven players added to the list of free agents, per the option provisions in their contracts

The below 11 players have been added to the list of free agents, per the option provisions in their contracts.

11/01/2013

Major League Baseball players to announce winners of 2013 Players Choice Awards on Nov. 4 on MLB Network

Winners of the 2013 Players Choice Awards will be announced exclusively on MLB Network, Monday, Nov. 4, from 8-9 p.m. ET during the telecast of The 2013 Players Choice Awards presented by PlayStation.

10/31/2013

147 players become free agents under Article XX B of the Basic Agreement

Below is the complete list of 147 XX B free-agent players eligible to negotiate and sign with any club beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

10/23/2013

'Livin' the Dream' series returns to give fans an up-close and personal look at their favorite players

The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced the release of three new "Livin' the Dream" videos, out of a series of five, that feature an inside look into the lives of the Major Leaguers in hot pursuit of a World Series championship.

10/15/2013

Statement from MLBPA deputy executive director Tony Clark on the passing of Wally Bell

Major League Baseball Players Association deputy executive director Tony Clark issued the following statement regarding the passing of umpire Wally Bell.

10/12/2013

MLBPA statement regarding the winter leagues agreement

The Major League Baseball Players Association today released the following statement regarding the agreement between Major League Baseball and the winter leagues.

10/01/2013

Major League Baseball players announce finalists for 2013 Players Choice Awards

Major League Baseball players today announced the finalists for their highest honors, the Players Choice Awards, in which the players themselves recognize excellence on and off the field.

09/26/2013

Most popular MLB jerseys list dominated by youth, postseason contenders

With the MLB postseason fast approaching, the current list of most popular MLB jerseys is filled with young stars and players fighting to help their teams reach the postseason.

09/16/2013

Fans select six finalists for 2013 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award

After thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on www.MLBPLAYERS.com from Sept. 10-15, Mariano Rivera (Yankees, AL East), Nick Swisher (Indians, AL Central), Raul Ibanez (Mariners, AL West), Chase Utley (Phillies, NL East), Carlos Beltran (Cardinals, NL Central) and Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers, AL West) have been named finalists for 2013 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

09/10/2013

Fans to help select baseball's Man of the Year

Beginning today, fans voting online will help select the Major League Baseball player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement. Fan voting for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award will be conducted through 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 15

08/17/2013

Statement from Miguel Tejada

The Major League Baseball Players Association released the following statement on behalf of Miguel Tejada.

08/09/2013

Michael Cuddyer and teammates to provide Denver children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to this evening's game at Coors Field, Michael Cuddyer and teammates will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from St. Elizabeth's School, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's "Buses for Baseball" program motors into Denver.

08/05/2013

Statement from MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner regarding Biogenesis suspensions

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner today issued the following statement regarding the Biogenesis suspensions.

07/24/2013

Major League Baseball Players Trust to be presented 2013 Humanitarian Award

This fall, the Major League Baseball Players Trust will receive the 2013 Charles E. Horton Humanitarian Award for Global Health at the Physicians for Peace Gala on Nov. 2. The annual award, Physicians for Peace's highest honor, recognizes an individual or organization that has improved the health care of the world's most vunerable populations.

07/23/2013

Tony Clark named MLBPA deputy executive director

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner today announced that director of player services, Tony Clark, has been appointed to the newly created position of deputy executive director.

07/22/2013

Statement from MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner regarding Ryan Braun

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner today issued the following statement regarding the suspension of Ryan Braun.

07/11/2013

Most popular MLB jerseys list dominated by youth, All-Stars

With the 84th MLB All-Star Game just days away, the current list of most popular MLB jerseys is dominated by All-Stars while reflecting the new crop of young stars making headlines this season.

07/11/2013

Statement from MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner regarding leaks related to Biogenesis investigation

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner today issued the following statement regarding the leaking of Biogenesis-related information to the media.

07/09/2013

Mind reader Eric Dittelman to perform during dinner of Players Trust's Sandy benefit golf tournament

If you share skills with Eric Dittelman, then you won't have to read any further, because you would already know that the mind reader will display his mind-blowing talent for guests and golfers attending the Players Trust's Superstorm Sandy benefit golf tournament on Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, Long Island, on Wednesday, July 17.

07/08/2013

Hall of Famer Rice, Griffey Jr., Sheffield, Bouton among former players scheduled to join Davis, Robertson for Superstorm Sandy benefit golf tournament on Bethpage Black

New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis and New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson are representing their peers and going to bat for Superstorm Sandy victims when they co-host a Players Trust all-star golf tournament on Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, Long Island, on Wednesday, July 17.

06/17/2013

Major League Baseball players award $186,750 in grants to Volunteers of America programs

Major League Baseball players presented $150,000 in grants from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to five Volunteers of America programs that further the organization's mission to strengthen communities and build better lives for those in need. More than $1.3 million has been provided by the Players Trust to 70 Volunteers of America programs since the first grants were presented by Major Leaguers in 2003.

06/12/2013

Major League Baseball's 2014 Opening Series set for Sydney, Australia

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that the 2014 championship season will begin in Sydney, Australia, on March 22-23, 2014, when the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers will play MLB's Opening Series at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground.

06/05/2013

Statement from MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner regarding ESPN's Biogenesis report

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner today issued a statement regarding ESPN's Biogenesis report.

06/04/2013

Jon Jay, David Freese and teammates to provide St. Louis children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to this evening's game at Busch Stadium, Jon Jay, David Freese and teammates will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from Mission: St. Louis, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's "Buses for Baseball" program motors into St. Louis.

05/31/2013

MLBPA and Commissioner's Office end international draft discussions

The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced that its discussions with the Commissioner's Office over the creation of an international amateur draft have ended without reaching an agreement.

05/20/2013

Ike Davis, David Robertson to co-host Superstorm Sandy benefit golf tournament on Bethpage Black

New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis and New York Yankees relief pitcher David Robertson are representing their peers and going to bat for Superstorm Sandy victims when they host a Players Trust all-star golf tournament on Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, Long Island, N.Y., on Wednesday, July 17.

05/17/2013

Major League Baseball players, Volunteers of America promote service-learning through new PSA campaign 'Teammates'

Major League Baseball players and Volunteers of America have teamed up to inspire the next generation of volunteers by launching a new radio and TV public service announcement campaign titled "Teammates." The PSA campaign was created to encourage students, teachers and administrators to volunteer through the high school-based Action Team national youth program, administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.

05/10/2013

Major Leaguers visit New York Center for Autism Charter School's annual baseball extravaganza

At the Harlem RBI baseball field in New York City, New York Mets players Scott Atchison, John Buck and LaTroy Hawkins were joined by Pittsburgh Pirates players Russell Martin and Mark Melancon when they launched the 2013 City Clinics program by visiting the New York Center for Autism Charter Schools annual baseball extravaganza. Former Mets and Pirates player and current MLBPA special assistant Bobby Bonilla also joined the fun.

05/09/2013

Baseball Tomorrow Fund, New York Mets Foundation to donate up to $1 million through grant program for youth baseball and softball organizations affected by Superstorm Sandy

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) and the New York Mets Foundation will donate up to $1 million through a relief grant program for youth baseball and softball organizations that were directly affected by Superstorm Sandy. The grant program, which will be administered by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, is intended to provide support to organizations to maintain or re-establish youth baseball and softball programs and/or facilities affected by the storm.

05/07/2013

Fowler, Young Jr. to serve as co-hosts of fundraising 'Bowling Bash' in Denver

Colorado Rockies players, including co-hosts Dexter Fowler and Eric Young Jr., will trade in their cleats for bowling shoes when the Major League Baseball Players Trust hosts a fundraising All-Star Bowling Bash at Denver's Punch Bowl Social on Thursday, June 13, from 6-9 p.m. local time.

04/25/2013

Major Leaguers award $40,000 in college scholarships to high school student volunteers

Major League Baseball players will award $2,000 college scholarships to 20 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Each scholarship recipient is a member of the Action Team® national youth volunteer program created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.

04/21/2013

MLB, MLBPA and Boston Red Sox join together to contribute $600,000 to support victims of Boston Marathon bombing

Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the Boston Red Sox have announced a combined $600,000 donation to assist the victims and families affected by the bombing at this year's Boston Marathon. Major League Baseball and the MLBPA will donate a combined $500,000, and the Boston Red Sox will contribute $100,000 to One Fund Boston, established by Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and Boston mayor Tom Menino.

04/10/2013

Miguel Cabrera to accept Players Choice Awards for 2012 Player of the Year, AL Outstanding Player

In a pregame ceremony prior to Wednesday's game in Detroit, Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera will receive two prestigious Players Choice Awards as the 2012 Player of the Year and AL Outstanding Player. Teammate and 2011 Player of the Year Justin Verlander will present Cabrera with his awards.

04/02/2013

MLBPA executive board member and Red Sox reliever Craig Breslow defends athlete-led foundations in The Boston Globe letter to the editor

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Craig Breslow, a member of the Major League Baseball Players Association's executive board and an active participant in the operational procedures of the union's own 501 c 3 foundation, the Major League Baseball Players Trust, recently defended foundations created by professional athletes in a letter to the editor of The Boston Globe.

03/21/2013

World Baseball Classic grows baseball globally with record-setting 2013 tournament

The 2013 World Baseball Classic set records in attendance, licensing, viewership and sponsorship sales and social-media activity as the tournament continued its mission of growing the sport of baseball around the world.

03/11/2013

World Baseball Classic sets attendance records leading into Round 2

The World Baseball Classic has recorded its largest attendance in its history through the completion of the first round. The competition has registered nearly one half million fans (463,017) for games completed prior to the second round.

03/08/2013

One-third of all televisions on in Japan tuned to World Baseball Classic

As Team Japan began its quest for a third consecutive World Baseball Classic championship, fans in the country tuned in at levels matched only by the world's biggest sporting events.

02/26/2013

Todd Frazier contributes $10,000 to Baseball United Foundation

Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds and a native of Point Pleasant, N.J., has designated the Baseball United Foundation's "Grand Slam for Sandy" fundraising effort as the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

02/25/2013

Jose Cruz Jr. joins MLBPA staff

Major League Baseball Players Association director of player services Tony Clark today announced that former Major Leaguer Jose Cruz, Jr. has joined the player services department as special assistant.

02/14/2013

MetLife signs on as global sponsor of 2013 World Baseball Classic

MetLife has signed on to be a global sponsor and the official insurance company of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. MetLife, and its brand ambassador Snoopy, will be incorporated into multiple aspects of the event including in-stadium exposure and on worldwide media platforms.

02/06/2013

Dave Prouty promoted to general counsel

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner today announced that chief labor counsel Dave Prouty has been promoted to general counsel, replacing Weiner in that role.

01/22/2013

Hundreds turn out to celebrate the life and achievements of Marvin Miller

Last evening at NYU's Tishman Auditorium in New York City, nearly 450 people, including close to 100 current and former Major Leaguers, joined the Major League Baseball Players Association in honoring the life and achievements of MLBPA founding executive director Marvin Miller. Miller passed away in November 2012 at the age of 95.

01/15/2013

133 Major Leaguers file for salary arbitration

On Tuesday, 133 Major Leaguers filed for salary arbitration.

01/10/2013

MLB, MLBPA agree to random in-season testing for HGH and longitudinal profile program

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced that they have modified their Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program to provide for unannounced, random blood testing for the detection of human growth hormone (HGH) during the regular season, beginning in 2013.

01/09/2013

Statement of Michael Weiner regarding Hall of Fame election results

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner today issued a statement regarding the Baseball Hall of Fame's election results.

12/21/2012

Major League baseball players to convene in San Diego Jan. 9-11, 2013

More than 40 Major League baseball players will head to the San Diego area to mix a little business with pleasure when the Major League Baseball Players Trust holds its annual board meeting and fundraising events in the area between Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.

12/19/2012

Brand USA and Delta Air Lines sign on as global partners of 2013 World Baseball Classic

Brand USA, the new tourism marketing organization for the United States, and Delta Air Lines have signed on as global partners for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Both sponsors will be incorporated into all aspects of the event, with full integration across the seven venues of the tournament and on all media platforms worldwide.

12/10/2012

Sixteen fans to represent their countries/territories in the MLB Fan Cave during the 2013 World Baseball Classic

Sixteen fans, one representing each of the participating World Baseball Classic countries/territories, will cheer on their nation during the tournament from New York City as part of the "MLB Fan Cave: World Baseball Classic Edition." Fans may begin applying today at MLBFanCave.com/WBC to be a "Cave Dweller" and represent their National Teams inside the MLB Fan Cave. Entries -- which include an essay and video submission -- will be accepted through Jan. 11.

12/03/2012

2013 World Baseball Classic pools finalized and schedule announced

World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the final pool compositions, which include qualifier winners Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei and Spain, and the full tournament schedule for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will begin on Saturday, March 2, in Fukuoka, Japan, and Taichung, Taiwan. In addition, each of the 16 competing countries and territories announced two players who have committed early to compete in the Classic.

11/30/2012

Independent program administrator issues annual report

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association today released the annual public report from the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program's Independent Program Administrator.

11/28/2012

MLBPA announces player-officer election results

The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced the results of its biennial player-officer elections.

11/27/2012

Statement from Carlos Ruiz

The Major League Baseball Players Association has released a statement on behalf of Carlos Ruiz.

11/27/2012

MLBPA sadly announces the passing of Marvin Miller, founding executive director

Marvin Miller, 95, the founding executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, passed away at his home early this morning, it was announced today by the MLBPA.

11/15/2012

Voices Against Brain Cancer to present Vision of Hope Award to MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner

Voices Against Brain Cancer announced that Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner is the recipient of the non-profit's 2012 Vision of Hope Award. Michael will receive his award during Voices Against Brain Cancer's annual "Join the Voices! Run/Walk" on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Central Park in New York at 8:15 a.m. The charitable event features a five-mile run, a scenic walk, kids' races and a fun family festival.

11/14/2012

Major Leaguers scheduled to participate in this week's World Baseball Classic qualifiers

World Baseball Classic qualifiers taking place in Panama City, Panama, and New Taipei City, Taiwan, this week will feature several prominent Major Leaguers, including four All-Stars in free-agent shortstop Edgar Renteria, Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and free-agent outfielders Johnny Damon and Carlos Lee. In addition, Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera of the Yankees will serve as a baseball ambassador in his native Panama.

11/09/2012

Nine players decline qualifying offers

Nine players presented with qualifying offers by their former clubs have declined those offers, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

11/09/2012

Statement from Marvin Miller on the passing of Lee MacPhail

Former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller has issued a statement on the passing of Lee MacPhail.

11/07/2012

Statement from Yasmani Grandal

The Major League Baseball Players Association has released a statement on behalf of Yasmani Grandal.

11/06/2012

Major League Baseball players announce 2012 Players Choice Award winners

Major League baseball players have announced the winners for their highest honors -- the Players Choice Awards -- in which the players themselves recognize their peers' most outstanding and inspiring performances. The Players Choice Awards winners were announced on MLB Network during an exclusive Players Choice Awards broadcast special presented by 2K Sports and benefitting the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Miguel Cabrera was named Player of the Year and AL Outstanding Player, and Chipper Jones was chosen as Marvin Miller Man of the Year.

11/02/2012

MLB players to announce winners of 2012 Players Choice Awards on Nov. 5

Winners of the 2012 Players Choice Awards will be announced exclusively on MLB Network on Monday, Nov. 5, from 8-9 p.m. ET during the broadcast of "The 2012 Players Choice Awards Presented by 2K Sports." The Players Choice Awards program benefits the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

10/29/2012

137 players become free agents under Article XX B of the Basic Agreement

Today, 137 players became free agents pursuant to Article XX B (2) of the Basic Agreement. Free-agent players are eligible to negotiate and sign with any club beginning 12:01 a.m. EST Saturday, Nov. 3.

10/23/2012

2013, 2017 World Baseball Classic to be telecast exclusively on MLB Network in the U.S.

World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced that MLB Network has been selected as the exclusive English-language telecast partner in the United States for both the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic tournaments. The 2013 World Baseball Classic, which is the third edition of the tournament, will feature the world's best players representing their countries and territories.

10/02/2012

Major League baseball players announce finalists for 2012 Players Choice Awards

Major League baseball players today announced the finalists for their highest honors -- the Players Choice Awards -- in which the players themselves recognize excellence on and off the field. Vying for top honor as 2012 Player of the Year are Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and standout rookie Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

10/01/2012

Most popular MLB jerseys list dominated by postseason contenders

With the MLB postseason rapidly approaching, the current list of most popular MLB jerseys mirrors the top of the standings, as players on postseason contenders dominate the list. Derek Jeter, Josh Hamilton and Ichiro Suzuki top the list, released jointly today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, with rookie sensations Bryce Harper and Mike Trout rounding out the top five.

09/25/2012

International venues, pools, format and dates announced for 2013 World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the international venues, pools, format and dates for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will begin play on Saturday, March 2. Japan, which has hosted a first-round pool at the Tokyo Dome in each of the previous two World Baseball Classics, will be home to first- and second-round pools in 2013. Opening-round contests in Pool A will be held in Fukuoka at the Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome from March 2-6, featuring host Japan, China, Cuba (pending license approval) and a qualifier winner to be determined.

09/24/2012

Major League Baseball Players Trust to receive Medicines for Humanity's Humanitarian of the Year Award

This evening during an awards dinner at Boston's Harvard Club, Medicines for Humanity (MFH), the Boston-based non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to reducing child mortality in impoverished communities worldwide, will present the Major League Baseball Players Trust with its Humanitarian of the Year Award.

09/21/2012

Statement from Melky Cabrera

Melky Cabrera makes a statement following his request to be removed from consideration for the 2012 National League batting title.

09/21/2012

MLBPA and MLB reach agreement on Rule 10.22(a)

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that for purposes of determining the individual batting, slugging or on-base percentage champion, the last sentence of Official Baseball Rule 10.22(a) shall not be applicable for the 2012 season for any player who failed to obtain 502 plate appearances if such player served a drug suspension for violating the Joint Drug Program.

09/18/2012

2013 World Baseball Classic begins this week with qualifiers in Florida and Germany

The 2013 World Baseball Classic gets underway this week in Jupiter, Fla., and Regensburg, Germany, with the playing of the first two of four qualifiers. France, Israel, South Africa and Spain will square off in Florida, and Canada, Czech Republic, Germany and Great Britain will do the same in Germany. The winners of each qualifier will advance to compete in the 2013 World Baseball Classic tournament next March.

09/17/2012

Fans select six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award

Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on www.MLBPLAYERS.com from Sept. 11-16 to determine which six players, one from each division, inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities. From this list of 30 players, Adam Jones (Orioles) was tabbed to represent the American League East, Paul Konerko (White Sox) the AL Central, Michael Young (Rangers) the AL West, Chipper Jones (Braves) the National League East, Skip Schumaker (Cardinals) the NL Central and Barry Zito (Giants) the NL West.

09/12/2012

Fans to help select baseball's Man of the Year

Beginning today, fans voting online will help select the Major League baseball player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement. Fan voting for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award will be conducted on www.MLBPLAYERS.com, the official website of Major League baseball players, through noon on Sunday, Sept. 16.

08/22/2012

Statement from Bartolo Colon

The Major League Baseball Players Association has released a statement on behalf of Bartolo Colon.

08/21/2012

Statement regarding MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner

The Major League Baseball Players Association today announced that Executive Director Michael Weiner began treatment for a brain tumor on Monday, Aug. 20. Michael's treatments are expected to last about one month, and it is anticipated that he will continue to work out of the Union's New York office on a daily basis during this time.

08/20/2012

Joint statement from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association issued the following joint statement today about the testing protocols for testosterone under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

08/15/2012

Statement from Melky Cabrera

The Major League Baseball Players Association has released a statement on behalf of Melky Cabrera.

07/25/2012

U.S. venues for 2013 World Baseball Classic announced

World Baseball Classic, Inc. has announced the United States venues for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will be played at sites throughout the world in March.

07/17/2012

Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in Cincinnati

Earlier today at Roselawn Park in Cincinnati, Reds players Bill Bray, Chris Heisey, Sam LeCure and Drew Stubbs helped teach the game of baseball to their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program stopped in Cincinnati.

07/16/2012

Frazier, Heisey, LeCure & Stubbs to provide Cincinnati children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to this evening's game at Great American Ball Park, Reds players Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey, Sam LeCure and Drew Stubbs will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from the James J. Espy Club, Lower Price Hill from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Cincinnati.

06/25/2012

Statement from Marlon Byrd

The Major League Baseball Players Association has released the following statement on behalf of Marlon Byrd.

06/22/2012

Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in D.C.

On Thursday at Gallaudet University's Hoy Field in Washington, D.C., Nationals players Roger Bernadina, Ian Desmond and Edwin Jackson helped teach the game of baseball to their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program stopped in the nation's capital.

06/20/2012

Statement from Freddy Galvis

The Major League Baseball Players Association has released the following statement on behalf of Freddy Galvis.

06/19/2012

Schneider & Victorino to provide Philadelphia children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to this evening's game at Citizens Bank Park, Phillies players Brian Schneider and Shane Victorino will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from the Anna Sample Complex and Eleanor Corbett House, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Philadelphia.

06/19/2012

Two days remaining in Players Trust fundraising auction hosted by CharityBuzz.com

Baseball fans have just two days remaining to bid on some memorable and unique player-related experiences currently up for bid on a fundraising auction taking place on CharityBuzz.com. Bidding for the current lot of available auction packages ends Thursday, June 21, between 12:05 p.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET. Proceeds from the auction benefit initiatives of the Players Trust, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization created and administered by the players themselves.

06/13/2012

Rays to provide St. Petersburg children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to this evening's game at Tropicana Field, Rays players Matt Moore, Carlos Pena, Sean Rodriguez, Luke Scott and B.J. Upton will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Tampa Bay.

06/12/2012

Marlins players teach baseball to under-served youth in Miami

Earlier today at Grapeland Park in Miami, Marlins players Heath Bell, Chris Coghlan and Brett Hayes helped teach the game of baseball to their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program kicked off its 2012 schedule.

06/11/2012

Major League Baseball, Players Association appoint new independent program administrator

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that they have appointed Jeffrey M. Anderson, M.D., as the new independent program administrator of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

06/07/2012

MLBPA and MLB modify Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that they have completed revisions to their Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The revisions reflect changes that were agreed upon during the recently completed collective bargaining negotiations, changes made as part of the parties' 2011 year-end review, and additional modifications made following the Ryan Braun arbitration decision.

06/05/2012

Players award $150,000 in grants to Volunteers of America programs nationwide

Major League baseball players presented $150,000 in grants from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to six Volunteers of America programs that further the organization's mission to strengthen communities and build better lives for those in need. More than $1 million has been provided by the Players Trust to 65 Volunteers of America programs since the first grants were presented in 2003.

05/23/2012

Players contribute $310,000 to Hands On Tokyo to build mobile café for areas of northeastern Japan

Major League baseball players today continued their support of earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan by awarding a $310,000 grant from the Players Trust to nonprofit organization, Points of Light. The funds will be used by Points of Light's Japanese affiliate, Hands On Tokyo, to expand its mobile Community Café to serve as a cultural hub to help restore a sense of community to areas devastated by last year's twin disasters.

05/21/2012

Astros to provide Houston-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to this evening's game at Minute Maid Park, Astros players Jason Castro, Jed Lowrie and Wesley Wright will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from the CAN DO Prevention Program of Volunteers of America-Texas, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Houston.

05/16/2012

Indians to provide Cleveland-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to this evening's game at Progressive Field, Indians players Travis Hafner, Lou Marson, Justin Masterson and Vinnie Pestano will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland - West Side Club, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Cleveland.

05/09/2012

Players Trust, MLB and State Farm team up with Habitat for Humanity

The Major League Baseball Players Trust, Major League Baseball (MLB) and State Farm® are teaming up with Habitat for Humanity International in an effort to build new homes with families in Joplin, Mo., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., which were two of the communities devastated by the tornadoes in April and May of 2011. Nine homes will be built in these communities -- five in Joplin; four in Tuscaloosa, with two of them to be framed near Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City in the backdrop of the 83rd MLB All-Star Game.

04/18/2012

Major Leaguers award $40,000 in college scholarships to high school student volunteers

Major League baseball players will award $2,000 college scholarships to 20 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

04/05/2012

Jeter, Lee, Pujols top MLB most popular jerseys list

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies and Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim top the list of MLB most popular jerseys released jointly today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, based on sales of official Majestic jerseys for the 2011 calendar year.

03/27/2012

MLB, MLBPA dedicate Gloops Japan Opening Series 2012 to celebrating spirit of volunteerism

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, in partnership with Yomiuri, have announced that Gloops Japan Opening Series 2012 is being dedicated to celebrating the spirit of volunteerism in Japan.

03/26/2012

Everyday heroes to be recognized in video tribute before Japan Opening Series 2012

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, in partnership with Yomiuri, will celebrate individuals who made extraordinary efforts to help others in the wake of last year's earthquake and tsunami prior to Game 1 of Gloops Japan Opening Series 2012.

03/22/2012

Venues, pools set for 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifiers

World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) today announced the venues and pools of the new qualifiers for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The winners of each qualifying pool will advance to compete in the 2013 World Baseball Classic tournament next March.

03/19/2012

Gloops named title sponsor of Japan Opening Series 2012

Gloops, a Japanese social application provider that develops and operates social applications for mobile phones, has been named the title sponsor for Japan Opening Series 2012. Major League Baseball will open its season in Tokyo for the fourth time when the Oakland Athletics take on the Seattle Mariners in the Gloops Japan Opening Series 2012, a two-game series March 28 and 29.

03/08/2012

MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner to speak at The National Press Club

Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, will speak at a luncheon hosted by The National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 11.

03/02/2012

MLB adopts expanded format for 2012 postseason

The 2012 postseason will feature a 10-team format that includes two additional Wild Card clubs and an elimination game in each league prior to the Division Series, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today.

02/23/2012

Arbitration panel sustains Ryan Braun grievance

Today, the arbitration panel announced its decision, by a 2-1 vote, to sustain Ryan Braun's grievance challenging his 50-game suspension by the Commissioner's Office.

02/16/2012

Statements of Weiner and Rogers on the passing of Gary Carter

Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, and Steve Rogers, former teammate of Gary Carter and current MLBPA Special Assistant, today issued statements upon learning of the passing of the Hall of Fame catcher.

01/18/2012

International talent committee agrees to seek input from foreign baseball experts

During its first official meeting in New York on Jan. 9, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball's newly-created International Talent Committee agreed to broaden its resources by identifying and seeking partnerships with a wide variety of outside sources with direct knowledge of international baseball operations and cultures.

01/13/2012

142 Major Leaguers file for salary arbitration

On Friday, 142 Major Leaguers filed for salary arbitration.

12/15/2011

MLBPA, MLB appoint members to a committee to discuss international player acquisition

In accordance with the recently negotiated Basic Agreement, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Office of the Commissioner today announced their respective appointees to the International Talent Committee responsible for discussing the development and acquisition of international players.

12/15/2011

MLBPA, MLB designan miembros a un comité para discutir la adquisición de jugadores internacionales

De acuerdo con el nuevo Convenio Básico, MLBPA y la Oficina del Comisionado hoy anunciaron sus seleccionados respectivos para el Comité de Talento Internacional responsable para la discusión el desarrollado y la adquisición de jugadores internacionales.

12/13/2011

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner regarding Ryan Braun

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner, who was traveling to Latin America on Monday to meet with active Union members, today, upon his arrival in Venezuela, issued the following statement regarding Ryan Braun.

12/06/2011

Brand Affinity Technologies & MLBPA announce groundbreaking license agreement

Brand Affinity Technologies, Inc. (BAT), the company reinventing endorsement and celebrity marketing, announced today they have signed a licensing agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). BAT becomes the first company to offer advertisers a streamlined endorsement process utilizing three or more Major League baseball players, for both traditional and digital media campaigns.

12/01/2011

Independent program administrator issues annual report

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association today released the annual public report from the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program's independent program administrator.

12/01/2011

Major League baseball players ratify recently negotiated labor contracts

The Major League Baseball Players Association's Executive Board voted unanimously to ratify the labor contracts recently negotiated with the Major League Baseball owners, including the Basic Agreement, Joint Drug Agreement and Benefit Plan Agreement, it was announced today by Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner.

11/28/2011

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner on the passing of Jerry Clothier

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner today issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of Jerry Clothier, the Philadelphia Phillies executive and longtime member of the Pension Committee of the Major League Baseball Players Benefit Plan.

11/23/2011

Update on status of several 2011-12 free agents

As a result of the collective bargaining process, the Commissioner's Office and the Players Association have agreed to modify free agent Draft pick compensation for a select group of Type A free agents.

11/22/2011

MLB, MLBPA announce new five-year labor agreement

Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig and Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner announced today that MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement that will allow play to continue uninterrupted through the 2016 season.

11/21/2011

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner on the passing of Greg Halman

Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, today issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of 24-year-old Greg Halman, Seattle Mariners outfielder.

11/03/2011

Verlander named Player of the Year and AL Outstanding Pitcher

Major League baseball players today announced the winners for their highest honors -- the Players Choice Awards -- in which the players themselves recognize their peers' most outstanding and inspiring performances. The Awards announcement was made this evening on MLB Network during an exclusive Players Choice Awards broadcast special presented by 2K Sports and benefiting the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

11/02/2011

166 players are free agents under Article XX B of the Basic Agreement

Major League Baseball Players Association has released the complete list of 166 XX B free agent players eligible to negotiate and sign with any club beginning 12:01 a.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 3.

11/02/2011

Winners of the 2011 Players Choice Awards will be announced Thursday, Nov. 3

Winners of the 2011 Players Choice Awards will be announced exclusively on MLB Network on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8-9 p.m. ET during the broadcast of The 2011 Players Choice Awards Presented by 2K Sports.

10/30/2011

148 players become free agents under Article XX B of the Basic Agreement

On Sunday, 148 players became free agents pursuant to Article XX B (2) of the Basic Agreement. Free agent players are eligible to negotiate and sign with any club beginning 12:01 a.m. EST Thursday, Nov. 3.

10/28/2011

Free agency period delayed by 24 hours

The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the Office of the Commissioner today announced that in connection with the collective bargaining process they have agreed to delay the start of the free agency period.

10/21/2011

Major League baseball players announce finalists for 2011 Players Choice Awards

Major League baseball players today announced the finalists for their highest honors -- the Players Choice Awards -- in which the players themselves recognize excellence on and off the field. Winners of the 2011 Players Choice Awards will be announced exclusively on MLB Network, Thursday, Nov. 3, from 8-9 p.m. ET during the broadcast of The 2011 Players Choice Awards Presented by 2K Sports. The Players Choice Awards program benefits the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

09/28/2011

Major League Baseball to open 2012 championship season in Japan

Major League Baseball will open its season in Tokyo for the fourth time when the Oakland Athletics take on the Seattle Mariners in Japan Opening Series 2012, a two-game set scheduled for March 28 and 29, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) announced Wednesday.

09/22/2011

MLB and MLBPA will bring All-Star series to Taiwan in November

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) announced that a team of Major Leaguers will travel to Taiwan this November to play against the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series.

09/15/2011

Panini America signs multi-year trading card agreement with MLBPA

Panini America (www.paniniamerica.net), the world's largest sports and entertainment collectibles company and Major League Baseball Players Association announced Thursday a multi-year trading card agreement. The deal secures Panini's presence in America's Pastime and adds to its U.S. sports license roster, making Panini the only trading card company in the world with licenses in all four of the U.S. major sports.

09/14/2011

Statement of Eliezer Alfonzo and MLBPA on Alfonzo's suspension for violating MLB's drug policy

Eliezer Alfonzo and MLBPA make statements regarding Alfonzo's suspension for violating MLB's drug policy.

09/11/2011

Konerko, Robertson, Tulowitzki, Wainwright, Wright and Young named finalists for 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award

Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on www.MLBPLAYERS.com between Sept. 9-12 to determine which six players, one from each division, inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities. From this list of 30 players, David Robertson (New York Yankees) was tabbed to represent the AL East, Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox) the AL Central, Michael Young (Texas Rangers) the AL West, David Wright (New York Mets) the NL East, Adam Wainwright (St. Louis Cardinals) the NL Central and Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado Rockies) the NL West.

09/09/2011

Fans to help select baseball's Man of the Year

Beginning Friday, fans voting online will help select the Major League baseball player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement. Fan-voting for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award will be conducted on www.MLBPLAYERS.com, the official website of Major League baseball players, through 12 p.m. ET Monday, Sept. 12.

08/24/2011

Twins honor local Action Team student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Wednesday night's game, Twins players Drew Butera and Matt Capps will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor eight Twin Cities-area high school students serving as Action Team captains. The Action Team is a national youth volunteer program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

08/09/2011

Orioles to provide Baltimore-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Tuesday evening's game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Orioles players Josh Bell, Jeremy Guthrie and Adam Jones will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 parents and children from the Cool Kids Campaign, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Baltimore.

07/27/2011

Cardinals teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in St. Louis

On Wednesday at James "Cool Papa" Bell Stadium in St. Louis, Cardinals players Mitchell Boggs, Daniel Descalso, Jon Jay, Kyle Lohse, Lance Lynn and Nick Punto helped teach the game of baseball to 250 of their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program made a stop along the Mississippi.

07/26/2011

Punto to provide St. Louis-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Tuesday night's game at Busch Stadium, Cardinals infielder Nick Punto and teammates will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from Saving Black Minds, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into St. Louis.

07/25/2011

Red Sox honor local Action Team student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Monday night's game, Red Sox shortstop Jed Lowrie will represent all Major Leaguers when he honors five Boston-area high school students serving as Action Team captains. The Action Team is a national youth volunteer program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

07/21/2011

Mets teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in New York City

On Wednesday in New York's Central Park, Mets players Chris Capuano, Nick Evans, Jon Niese, Bobby Parnell and Ronny Paulino helped teach the game of baseball to 250 of their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program made a stop in the Big Apple.

07/12/2011

First-ever "Social Media Derby" results in huge increases in Twitter following for All-Stars

Major League Baseball's first-ever "Social Media Derby" successfully integrated social media into Monday's State Farm Home Run Derby (@StateFarm #HRDerby), resulting in a significant volume of online activity, considerable increases in Twitter followings for the participating MLB All-Stars, as well as increased television ratings and viewership for the event on ESPN.

07/10/2011

Major League All-Stars to use social media during State Farm Home Run Derby

Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media and the Major League Baseball Players Association today announced that, for the first time ever, players on the field will interact with fans via social media during the State Farm Home Run Derby (@StateFarm #HRDerby), Monday, July 11, at Chase Field in Phoenix and televised nationally on ESPN at 8 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Pacific.

07/08/2011

Royals to provide Kansas City-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to this evening's game at Kaufmann Stadium, Royals players Billy Butler, Jeff Francis, Mitch Maier and Matt Treanor will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from Billy Butler's Hit-It-A-Ton campaign, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Kansas City.

07/08/2011

Michael Weiner issues statement regarding 2011 All-Star Game

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner today issued the following statement regarding the 2011 All-Star Game and related activities to be held in Phoenix on July 10-12.

07/07/2011

Cora, Zimmerman honor local Action Team student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Thursday night's game, Nationals players Alex Cora and Ryan Zimmerman will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor nine Washington-area high school students serving as Action Team captains. The Action Team is a national youth volunteer program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

06/28/2011

Major League Baseball Players Association enters multi-year license deal with Polar Mobile

Polar Mobile (www.polarmobile.com) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) are announcing a multi-year agreement with Polar Mobile to develop and power MLBPA mobile products. MLBPA and Polar Mobile plan to launch a series of mobile initiatives, including apps that connect fans with their favorite big leaguers.

06/27/2011

Twins to provide Minneapolis-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Monday night’s game at Target Field, Twins players Matt Capps, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Repko and Danny Valencia will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 students from Volunteers of America-Minnesota, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into Minneapolis.

06/21/2011

Young, Pence honor local Action Team student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Tuesday night's game, Rangers designated hitter Michael Young and Astros outfielder Hunter Pence will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 18 Dallas and Houston-area high school students serving as Action Team captains.

06/21/2011

Brewers to provide Milwaukee-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Tuesday night's game at Miller Park, Brewers players LaTroy Hawkins, Casey McGehee, Wil Nieves and Randy Wolf will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 students from Our Next Generation, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into Milwaukee.

06/14/2011

Yankees' personally designed jerseys and T-shirts unveiled in the virtual world

The Major League Baseball Players Association unveiled the Players Choice Signature Series jerseys and T-shirts designed by Yankees Robinson Cano, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez on Facebook.com. The players designed the apparel exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes.

06/14/2011

Players award $150K in grants to Volunteers of America programs nationwide

During Volunteers of America’s national conference in Sioux Falls, S.D., Major League baseball players presented $150,000 in grants from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to five Volunteers of America programs that further the organization’s mission to strengthen communities and build better lives for those in need.

06/10/2011

Giants unveil their personally designed jerseys and T-shirts

During a press conference at AT&T Park on Friday, Giants players Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Cody Ross unveiled the Players Choice Signature Series™ jerseys and T-shirts they designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes.

06/09/2011

Spilborghs, Street and Young Jr. honor local high school Action Team captains

During an on-field ceremony prior to Thursday night's game, Colorado Rockies players Ryan Spilborghs, Huston Street and Eric Young, Jr. will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 16 area high school students serving as Action Team captains. The Action Team is a national youth volunteer program in which Major League players and high school students inspire and train the next generation of volunteers.

06/09/2011

Jimenez and Spilborghs to provide Denver-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Thursday evening’s game at Coors Field, Rockies players Ubaldo Jimenez and Ryan Spilborghs will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 low-income elementary school students and children from the Brandon Center/Theodora House, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into Denver.

06/07/2011

Janish, Masset and Stubbs honor local high school Action Team captains

During an on-field ceremony prior to Tuesday night’s game, Reds players Paul Janish, Nick Masset and Drew Stubbs will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor seven area high school students serving as Action Team captains. The Action Team is a national youth volunteer program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

06/03/2011

Red Sox unveil their personally designed jerseys and T-shirts

During a press conference at the Majestic Clubhouse store on Yawkee Way in Boston, Red Sox players Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis unveiled the Players Choice Signature Series™ jerseys and T-shirts they designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes.

06/01/2011

2013 World Baseball Classic field expands to 28 teams

World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced Wednesday, with the endorsement of the tournament Steering Committee, the introduction of a new World Baseball Classic Qualifying Round for the 2013 World Baseball Classic which will expand the competitive field from 16 to 28 countries. The new round will feature 16 teams divided into four pools of four teams each.

05/26/2011

MLB, MLBPA donate $200,000 to support tornado-relief efforts

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) are joining together to contribute $200,000 toward relief efforts for tornado victims in the Midwest and the Southeast. The funds from MLB and the MLBPA are being donated to Heart to Heart International, a Kansas City-based humanitarian organization that has been providing technical assistance, volunteer support and necessary resources, including their Mobile Health clinic, in disaster areas in the Midwest and Southeast.

05/24/2011

Francisco, Howard, Rollins and Victorino honor local high school Action Team captains

During an on-field ceremony prior to Tuesday night’s game, Phillies players Ben Francisco, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 12 area high school students serving as Action Team captains.

05/20/2011

Angels to provide Los Angeles-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Friday evening’s game at Angel Stadium, Angels players Erik Aybar, Trevor Bell, Hank Conger, Scott Downs, Torii Hunter, Howie Kendrick, Joel Pineiro, Mark Trumbo and Vernon Wells will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from Covenant House California, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into Los Angeles.

05/19/2011

Padres' Gregerson and Stauffer honor local Action Team student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Thursday night’s game, San Diego Padres players Luke Gregerson and Tim Stauffer will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor seven area high school students serving as Action Team captains. The Action Team is a national youth volunteer program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/18/2011

Mariners' Pauley teams with Seattle-area Action Team® student leaders to strike out hunger at Volunteers of America Community Resource Center

On Wednesday, Major Leaguer David Pauley of the Mariners and high school student leaders from Seattle-area Action Teams will step up to the plate to help hungry families and seniors at the North Seattle Food Bank (11 a.m. local time/9041 Greenwood Avenue North).

05/12/2011

Michael Weiner issues statement regarding Civil Rights

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner today issued a statement regarding civil rights and baseball’s role in furthering the civil rights movement. Weiner’s statement is being issued in advance of this weekend’s Civil Rights Game and related activities in Atlanta, Ga.

05/11/2011

Major League baseball players contribute $50,000 to Physicians for Peace

Major League baseball players today continued their support of earthquake relief efforts in Haiti by awarding a $50,000 grant from the Players Trust to international nonprofit organization Physicians for Peace. The funds will be used by the humanitarian organization to provide prostheses and rehabilitation to amputee victims in Haiti.

05/05/2011

Major League players and Volunteers of America promote service learning through new PSA campaign

Major League baseball players and Volunteers of America are supporting their ongoing efforts to help train and inspire the next generation of volunteers by launching a new radio and TV public service campaign titled “Are You In?

05/04/2011

Mets honor local Action Team captains

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, New York Mets players Pedro Beato, R.A. Dickey and David Wright will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 12 high school students serving as captains of New York-area Action Teams®, part of the national youth volunteer program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/02/2011

Austin Jackson and Brandon Inge presented Players Choice Awards

In a pregame ceremony prior to this evening’s game, Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson and infielder Brandon Inge will receive prestigious 2010 Players Choice Awards from teammate Max Scherzer -- a member of the MLBPA’s Executive Board. Scherzer will be representing his Major League peers when he presents Jackson with the AL Outstanding Rookie award and Inge the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award.

04/21/2011

MLB, MLBPA reach agreement regarding payments for pre-1980 players

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that they have agreed to make an annual payment to players who retired before 1980 but who did not have enough service time to qualify for a pension benefit under the Major League Baseball Players Benefit Plan.

04/20/2011

Rays honor local Action Team captains

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Tampa Bay Rays players Johnny Damon, David Price and Kelly Shoppach will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor nine high school students serving as captains of the Plant City High School (Fla.) Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

04/12/2011

Major Leaguers award $42,000 in college scholarships to reward youth community involvement

Major League baseball players will award $1,500 college scholarships to 28 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

04/01/2011

Carlos Gonzalez presented Players Choice Awards as 2010 NL Outstanding Player & Player of the Year

In a pregame ceremony prior to this afternoon's game, Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will receive two prestigious Players Choice Awards as 2010 NL Outstanding Player and Player of the Year. Teammate Ryan Spilborghs -- a member of the MLBPA’s Executive Board -- will represent his Major League peers in presenting the awards to Gonzalez in recognition of his outstanding performances in 2010.

03/29/2011

MLB and MLBPA announce new protocols on concussions

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced that they have adopted a series of protocols under its new joint policy regarding concussions, which will be in effect from Opening Day forward.

03/28/2011

MLB and MLBPA contribute $500,000 to UNICEF toward Japan relief effort

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are joining together to contribute $500,000 toward earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan to UNICEF and will be encouraging baseball fans to support the effort during Opening Week and dates following.

03/23/2011

Jeter, Mauer, Halladay top MLB most popular jerseys list

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins and Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies top the list of MLB most popular jerseys released jointly Wednesday by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, based on sales of official Majestic jerseys for the 2010 calendar year.

03/10/2011

MLBPA announces staff restructuring in business affairs group

On Thursday, Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner announced changes in the staffing structure of the MLBPA business affairs group.

03/01/2011

Craig Counsell speaks out in support of Wisconsin's unionized workers

On Tuesday, Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers infielder and long-time official of the Major League Baseball Players Association, today issued the following statement in support of Wisconsin’s unionized workers.

02/08/2011

Matt Nussbaum joins MLBPA staff

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner announced that Matt Nussbaum has been hired by the MLBPA as an assistant general counsel.

01/14/2011

119 players file for salary arbitration

On Friday, 119 Major Leaguers filed for salary arbitration.

12/21/2010

Major Leaguers contribute $5,000 each to PROJECT C.U.R.E. and Medicines for Humanity

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball players continued their support of earthquake relief and recovery efforts in Haiti by awarding a combined $10,000 in grants from the Players Trust to PROJECT C.U.R.E. and Medicines for Humanity.

12/18/2010

Statement of MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner on Don Fehr being named NHLPA executive director

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner issued the following statement in response to the announcement that Don Fehr has been named National Hockey League Players Association executive director.

12/14/2010

Government drops appeal of ruling that MLB 2003 drug testing results were seized illegally

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Justice Department announced on Friday, Dec. 10, that the government would not ask the United States Supreme Court to reverse a court of appeals ruling that the government had illegally seized records regarding Major League Baseball's 2003 survey-drug testing. The deadline for asking the Supreme Court to review the case -- by filing a petition for certiorari -- was Monday, Dec. 13.

12/08/2010

VYou launches channels in partnership with MLBPA

For decades fans have been lining up against ballpark railings game after game for a chance to talk to their favorite players. Imagine being able to see your favorite players answer your questions directly? Today VYou and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) deliver the players directly to you.

12/06/2010

Statement from former MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr regarding the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee election results

On Monday, former Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Donald Fehr released a statement regarding the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee election results.

12/06/2010

Statement from MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner regarding the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee election results

On Monday, Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner released a statement regarding the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee election results.

12/06/2010

Statement from MLBPA founding executive director Marvin Miller regarding the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee election results

On Monday, Major League Baseball Players Association founding executive director Marvin Miller released a statement regarding the Hall of Fame Expansion Era Committee election results.

12/01/2010

Independent program administrator issues annual report on MLB-MLBPA Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association released the following annual public report from the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program's independent program administrator.

11/10/2010

Rick VandenHurk leads Major Leaguers promoting baseball in Europe

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Rick VandenHurk is leading a group of Major League Baseball players on a tour of his native Netherlands and Belgium. Players joining VandenHurk include John Baker (Florida Marlins), Jeremy Guthrie (Baltimore Orioles), Greg Halman (Seattle Mariners) and Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles). In addition, former Major Leaguer Brady Anderson is serving as an instructor.

11/02/2010

142 players become free agents under Article XX B of the Basic Agreement

On Monday, following the final out of the 2010 World Series, 142 players became free agents pursuant to Article XX B (2) of the Basic Agreement.

10/29/2010

Major League Baseball players recognize Carlos Gonzalez as Player of the Year and Brandon Inge as Man of the Year

In a season marked by extraordinary performances on and off the field, Major League Baseball players bestowed their highest honors on two players -- Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez as Player of the Year and Detroit Tigers infielder Brandon Inge as the Marvin Miller Man of the Year.

10/28/2010

Major League Baseball players recognize top pitchers in each league

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays are Major League Baseball's kings of the hill, according to their peers.

10/27/2010

Major League Baseball players recognize American League Outstanding Player

In a season in which he led Texas to their first World Series, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was named the Players Choice Award winner for Outstanding Player in the American League.

10/27/2010

Major League Baseball players recognize National League Outstanding Player

In a season in which he led the National League in average, hits and total bases, Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was named the Players Choice Award winner for Outstanding Player in the NL.

10/26/2010

Major League Baseball players recognize top rookie in each league

In a season full of exceptional rookie accomplishments, Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey were voted by their peers as tops in Major League Baseball's 2010 freshman class.

10/25/2010

Major League Baseball players recognize top comeback performances in each league

Perseverance and dedication took center stage today as Major League Baseball players named Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson and Texas Rangers designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero this season's top comeback players.

10/22/2010

Major League Baseball Players announce finalists for 2010 Players Choice Awards

Major League Baseball players have chosen finalists for their highest honors, the Players Choice Awards, in which the players themselves recognize excellence on and off the field. Winners of the 2010 Players Choice Awards will be announced exclusively in a series of segments featuring interviews with each winning player on ESPN Radio beginning Monday, Oct. 25, and continuing through Friday, Oct. 29. The 2010 Players Choice Awards, presented by Majestic Athletic and 2K Sports, benefit the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

10/19/2010

Statement of Francisco Rodriguez regarding resolution of grievance

On Tuesday, Francisco Rodriguez issued a statement regarding the resolution of his grievance against the New York Mets.

09/30/2010

Statement from the MLBPA regarding negotiated changes to the free-agent provisions of the Basic Agreement

The following statement was issued Thursday by the Major League Baseball Players Association: Today, the MLBPA is pleased to announce that its Executive Board has approved an agreement that will modify certain aspects of the free-agent system for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 offseasons.

09/28/2010

Gene Orza to retire

Gene Orza, the Major League Baseball Players Association’s Chief Operating Officer, today announced his retirement plans, bringing an end to an illustrious 26-year career with the union. Orza will remain on staff through March 31, 2011.

09/13/2010

Ian Penny joins MLBPA staff

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner announced that Ian Penny has been hired by the MLBPA as a senior labor attorney.

09/13/2010

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals again rules in favor of MLBPA in case involving seizure of 2003 drug testing records

On Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a revised opinion in favor of the Major League Baseball Players Association, holding that the seizure by the Government of test results from Major League Baseball's 2003 drug testing program was unconstitutional. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the testing results were intended to be anonymous and confidential.

09/13/2010

Torii Hunter, Brandon Inge, Chipper Jones, Jorge Posada, Albert Pujols and Troy Tulowitzki selected by fans as finalists for 2010 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award

Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on www.MLBPLAYERS.com between September 8 and 12, to determine which six players, one from each division, inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities. From this list of 30 players, Jorge Posada (NY Yankees) was tabbed to represent the AL East, Brandon Inge (Detroit Tigers) the AL Central, Torii Hunter (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) the AL West, Chipper Jones (Atlanta Braves) the NL East, Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals) the NL Central and Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado Rockies) the NL West.

09/11/2010

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner on NHLPA Executive Board endorsing recommendation to hire Don Fehr

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner issued a statement in response to the news that the National Hockey League Players Association's Executive Board has endorsed the recommendation of its Search Committee to hire former MLBPA Executive Director Donald Fehr.

09/09/2010

USAID teams up with Major League Baseball Players Trust and MLB to benefit Medicines for Humanity in the Dominican Republic

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance (MLB-DDA), has matched a recent $50,000 grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to Medicines for Humanity, which will expand medical services in underserved communities in the Dominican Republic.

09/08/2010

Fans to help select baseball's Man of the Year

Beginning Sept. 8, fans voting online will help select the Major League Baseball player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement. Fan voting for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award will be conducted on www.MLBPLAYERS.com, the official website of Major League Baseball players, through Sunday, Sept. 12.

09/03/2010

Major Leaguers join with other unions in Labor Day Tweet-A-Thon

This Labor Day, people who work in the sports, entertainment and news media industries -- baseball players, actors, recording artists, Broadway performers, broadcasters and more -- are coming together on Twitter to celebrate unions. With Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Pulitzer, and Players Choice awards and nominations under their belts, they all have one thing in common: They’re union members.

08/23/2010

Justin Maxwell of the Nationals joins with student leaders from the Washington Action Team to help homeless adults in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, Aug. 24

Justin Maxwell of the Washington Nationals and high school student leaders from the Washington Action Team will join together to help homeless adults living at Volunteers of America's Residential Treatment Center in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

08/19/2010

Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in Southern California

Thursday, at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., (10 a.m.-1 p.m. PT), big leaguers Jamey Carroll, Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw and James Loney of the Los Angeles Dodgers will help teach the game of baseball to 250 of their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program stops in Southern California.

08/18/2010

MLBPA files grievance on behalf of Francisco Rodriguez

On Wednesday, the Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the New York Mets and the Commissioner's Office challenging yesterday's actions taken against relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez. The grievance challenges both Francisco's placement on the disqualified list and the conversion of his contract to non-guaranteed status.

08/18/2010

Belliard, Carroll, Jansen, Podsenik and Weaver to provide Los Angeles-area youth with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Wednesday evening’s game at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers players Ron Belliard, Jamey Carroll, Kenley Jansen, Scott Podsednik and Jeff Weaver will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 youth from the MLB Urban Youth Baseball Academy in Compton as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Los Angeles.

08/16/2010

Major Leaguers Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow, Rajai Davis and Brad Ziegler Team with Bay Area Action Team® student leaders to enrich the lives of local children on Aug. 17

Major Leaguers Andrew Bailey, Craig Breslow, Rajai Davis and Brad Ziegler of the Oakland A’s and high school student leaders from the Bay Area Action Team will join together for a day of games and other fun activities for low- and moderate-income children in Hayward, Calif., on Tuesday, August 17.

08/12/2010

Major Leaguers help teach baseball to underprivileged children

On August 19, at MLB Urban Youth Academy (10 a.m.-1 p.m. PT), big leaguers Jamey Carroll, Andre Ethier, Clayton Kershaw, Ted Lilly and James Loney of the Los Angeles Dodgers will help teach the game of baseball to children from Los Angeles-area Boys and Girls Clubs and the MLB Urban Youth Academy, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program makes a stop in Compton, Calif.

08/04/2010

Lopez, Pujols, Wainwright and Winn to provide St. Louis-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Wednesday evening’s game at Busch Stadium, Cardinals players Felipe Lopez, Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright and Randy Winn will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from the Pujols Family Foundation as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into St. Louis.

08/02/2010

Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in Gary, Ind.

On Tuesday, August 3, at RailCats Stadium, 250 Gary, Ind., youth will join hometown heroes Kenny Lofton, LaTroy Hawkins and other current and former Major Leaguers for Players Trust's City Clinics program in Gary.

08/02/2010

Jones, Karstens, Malholm, McCutchen and Meek to provide Pittsburgh-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Monday evening’s game at PNC Park at North Shore, Pirates players Garrett Jones, Jeff Karstens, Paul Maholm, Andrew McCutchen and Evan Meek will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from the Volunteers of America’s All of Us Care program as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into Pittsburgh.

07/30/2010

Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in Kansas City

On July 30, at Kansas City’s Cleveland Field (10 a.m.-1 p.m. CT), big leaguers Mike Aviles, Brian Bannister, Billy Butler and Mitch Maier of the Kansas City Royals will help teach the game of baseball to 250 of their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program makes its first visit to Kansas City.

07/29/2010

Bloomquist, Butler, Chen, Getz and Kendall to provide Kansas City-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Thursday evening's game at Kauffman Stadium, Royals players Willie Bloomquist, Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Chris Getz and Jason Kendall will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from the Hit It a Ton Foundation as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Kansas City.

07/29/2010

Major Leaguers to teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in Kansas City

On Friday, July 30, at Cleveland Field, 250 youth from Operation Breakthrough and Boys and Girls Clubs will join Royals players Mike Aviles, Brian Bannister, Billy Butler, Bruce Chen, Mitch Maier and Brayan Pena for Players Trust's City Clinics program in Kansas City.

07/28/2010

Floyd, Konerko, Kotsay, Pierre, Thornton and Vizquel to provide Chicago area youth with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Wednesday evening's game at U.S. Cellular Field, White Sox players Gavin Floyd, Paul Konerko, Mark Kotsay, Juan Pierre, Matt Thornton and Omar Vizquel will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 youth from the Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary youth program as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Chicago.

07/27/2010

Capuano, Counsell, Hart, Hoffman and Weeks to provide Milwaukee-area students with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Tuesday evening's game at Miller Park, Brewers players Chris Capuano, Craig Counsell, Corey Hart, Trevor Hoffman and Rickie Weeks will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 students from Our Next Generation as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Milwaukee.

07/27/2010

Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball players award more than $215,000 in third quarter Baseball Tomorrow Fund grants to six U.S. communities

Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) announced Tuesday the awarding of third-quarter grants totaling more than $215,000 to six communities across the country, including: Gary, Ind.; Gonzales, La.; Miami; Orlando; Portland, Maine; and Reidsville, Ga.

07/27/2010

Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in Milwaukee

On July 27, at Milwaukee’s Beckum-Stapleton Little League Field (10 a.m.-1 p.m. CT), big leaguers John Axford, Zach Braddock, Chris Capuano, LaTroy Hawkins and Kameron Loe of the Milwaukee Brewers will help teach the game of baseball to 250 of their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program makes its first visit to the Milwaukee area.

07/23/2010

Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in New York City as Players Trust’s City Clinics program makes its Big Apple debut

Friday, in Central Park’s North Meadow (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), big leaguers Joba Chamberlain, Sergio Mitre, David Robertson and Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees will help teach the game of baseball to 250 of their youth league counterparts, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s City Clinics program makes its first visit to New York City.

07/22/2010

Statement from MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner regarding MLB's announcement to implement blood tests in the Minors

On Thursday, Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner issued a statement in reaction to the announcement by Major League Baseball that Minor League players will be subject to blood testing for HGH.

Major Leaguers help teach baseball to underprivileged children

Brewers players John Axford, Zach Braddock, Chris Capuano, Kameron Loe and Dave Riske will join 250 children from Milwaukee-area Little Leagues and Boys and Girls Clubs at the Players Trust’s City Clinics program on Tuesday, July 27, at Beckum-Stapleton Field.

07/21/2010

Major Leaguers help teach baseball to underprivileged children

Yankees players Joba Chamberlain, Sergio Mitre, David Robertson, CC Sabathia and Nick Swisher will join 250 New York City youth at the Players Trust’s City Clinics program on Friday, July 23, at Central Park’s North Meadow.

07/20/2010

Diaz, Glaus, Hinske and Ross to provide Atlanta area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Tuesday evening's game at Turner Field, Braves players Matt Diaz, Troy Glaus, Eric Hinske and Dave Ross will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from The Villages at Carver Family YMCA as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Atlanta.

07/20/2010

Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association team up with White House and Ad Council to educate families and children about nutrition and physical fitness

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) are teaming up with the White House, the Ad Council and First Lady Michelle Obama in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to support Let's Move!, a campaign started by the First Lady with the goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity so America's youngest children will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.

07/16/2010

Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association to announce new joint initiative with White House

Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association and the White House will announce a new joint initiative. Following the announcement, the players will conduct a clinic on the field for 50 young baseball players from local RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) leagues and Boys & Girls Clubs.

07/15/2010

Affeldt, Romo and Wellemeyer to provide San Francisco area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Thursday evening’s game at AT&T Park, Giants players Jeremy Affeldt, Buster Posey, Sergio Romo and Todd Wellemeyer will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunters Point as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into San Francisco.

07/13/2010

Statement of former MLBPA Executive Director Donald Fehr on the passing of George Steinbrenner

Donald Fehr, former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, issued a statement upon learning of the passing of George Steinbrenner on Tuesday.

07/13/2010

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner on the passing of George Steinbrenner

Michael Weiner, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, issued a statement upon learning of the passing of George Steinbrenner on Tuesday.

07/08/2010

Lidge and Madson to provide Philadelphia-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Thursday evening's game at Citizens Bank Park, Phillies players Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson will provide everlasting memories to 50 residents from the Anna Sample Complex and Eleanor Corbett House family shelters, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Philadelphia.

07/08/2010

Heilman and Johnson to provide Scottsdale-area youth with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Thursday evening's game at Chase Field, Diamondbacks players Aaron Heilman and Kelly Johnson will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children and teens from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Phoenix.

07/07/2010

Blum, Keppinger and Lyons to provide Houston-area students with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Wednesday night's game at Minute Maid Park, Astros players Geoff Blum, Jeff Keppinger and Brandon Lyon will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from CAN DO (Community and Neighborhood Drug Offensive) as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Houston.

07/07/2010

Morse, Storen and Walker to provide D.C.-area students with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Wednesday night's game at Nationals Park, Nationals players Mike Morse, Drew Storen and Tyler Walker will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 children from Loudoun Homeless Services Center as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Washington, D.C.

07/07/2010

Buck, Hill, Janssen, Lewis, McDonald, Morrow and Wells to provide Toronto-area students with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Wednesday night's game at Rogers Centre, Blue Jays players John Buck, Aaron Hill, Casey Janssen, Fred Lewis, John McDonald, Brandon Morrow and Vernon Wells will provide everlasting memories to a group of 10 SickKids patients, along with their family and friends, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Toronto.

07/07/2010

Major Leaguers help teach baseball to underprivileged children

On Friday, July 9, 250 Philadelphia-area youth will join Phillies players Ben Francisco, Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Jimmy Rollins, Brian Schneider and Shane Victorino at Players Trust’s City Clinics program at Richie Ashburn Field.

06/29/2010

Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth in Puerto Rico

On Tuesday, June 29, The Major League Baseball Players Trust's City Clinics program makes its second visit to Carolina, Puerto Rico’s Ciudad Deportiva Roberto Clemente, when Chris Coghlan, Anibal Sanchez and Wes Helms of the Florida Marlins and Chris Carter, Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets host more than 200 Puerto Rican youth in a free baseball skills clinic.

06/24/2010

Texas Rangers players treat underprivileged children to a memorable night at the ballpark

Fifty children from the Tommie Allen Recreation Center in Dallas are attending tonight’s Texas Rangers game as invited guests of the players, when the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Buses for Baseball program motors into Arlington.

06/22/2010

Major Leaguers from Marlins and Mets to host clinic to help teach baseball to underprivileged children in Puerto Rico

More than 200 youth will join Marlins players Cody Ross, Chris Coghlan, Anibal Sanchez, Wes Helms and Mets players Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada and Raul Valdes at Players Trust's CITY CLINICS program, Tuesday, June 29, in Carolina, P.R.

06/15/2010

Boston Red Sox center fielder Mike Cameron and high school student leaders to visit Tobin Community Center in Boston to promote reading

Boston Red Sox center fielder Mike Cameron is scheduled to join high school student leaders from the Boston Action Team to help promote reading at the Tobin Community Center in Boston on June 16.

06/10/2010

Twins players J.J. Hardy, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan, Nick Punto and Kevin Slowey unveil their personally designed jerseys, T-shirts and caps

On Thursday, June 10, during a press conference at Target Field, Minnesota Twins players J.J. Hardy, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan, Nick Punto and Kevin Slowey unveiled the Players Choice Signature Series™ jerseys, T-shirts and caps they designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes.

06/09/2010

Mets players Bay, Francoeur and Reyes unveil their personally designed jerseys, T-shirts and caps

On Wednesday, June 9, during a press conference at Citi Field, New York Mets players Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur and Jose Reyes unveiled the Players Choice Signature Series™ jerseys, T-shirts and caps they designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes. Items designed by Carlos Beltran (injured) and Johan Santana (scheduled to pitch that evening) also were unveiled.

06/09/2010

Spiborghs to honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Wednesday night's game, Colorado Rockies player Ryan Spilborghs will represent all Major Leaguers when he honors 23 high school students serving as captains of the Denver Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

06/08/2010

Twins players Hardy, Morneau, Nathan, Punto and Slowey to unveil their personally designed jerseys, T-shirts and caps

On Thursday, June 10, during a press conference at Target Field, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Minnesota Twins players J.J. Hardy, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan, Nick Punto and Kevin Slowey will unveil the Players Choice Signature Series™ jerseys, T-shirts and caps the players designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes.

06/07/2010

Mets players Bay, Francoeur and Reyes set to unveil their personally designed jerseys, T-shirts and caps

On Wednesday, June 9, during a press conference at Citi Field, the Major League Baseball Players Association and New York Mets players Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur and Jose Reyes will unveil the Players Choice Signature Series™ jerseys, T-shirts and caps the players designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes.

06/07/2010

Major League baseball players award $150,000 in grants to Volunteers of America programs nationwide that serve those in need

Major League baseball players presented $150,000 in grants from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to six Volunteers of America programs that further the organization’s mission to strengthen communities and build better lives for those in need.

06/04/2010

Phillies players Hamels, Ibanez, Rollins, Victorino and Werth unveil their personally designed jerseys, T-shirts and caps

During a press conference at a Philadelphia Modell’s sporting goods store Friday, Phillies players Cole Hamels, Raul Ibanez, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth unveiled the Players Choice Signature Series™ jerseys, T-shirts and caps they designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes.

06/03/2010

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America's Time To Talk® and the Major League Baseball Players Association Promote "Healthy Competition" with new online campaign

The Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on Thursday introduced a new online campaign, "Healthy Competition: A Resource for Parents," that offers unique insight from Major League Baseball players on raising healthy teens and student-athletes.

06/02/2010

Boesch, Everett, Inge, Jackson, Porcello, Sizemore & Verlander to provide Detroit-area students with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Wednesday evening’s game at Comerica Park in Detroit, Tigers players Brennan Boesch, Adam Everett, Brandon Inge, Austin Jackson, Rick Porcello, Scott Sizemore and Justin Verlander helped provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 students from the University Prep Academy, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motored into Detroit.

06/02/2010

Phillies players Hamels, Ibanez, Rollins, Victorino and Werth set to unveil their personally designed jerseys, T-shirts and caps

On Friday, June 4, during a press conference at a Philadelphia Modell's Sporting Goods store, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Philadelphia Phillies players Cole Hamels, Raul Ibanez, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino and Jayson Werth will unveil the Players Choice Signature Series™ jerseys, T-shirts and caps the players designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes.

06/02/2010

Aardsma, Bedard, League, Snell & Sweeney to provide Seattle-area students with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Wednesday evening’s game at Safeco Field in Seattle, Mariners players David Aardsma, Erik Bedard, Brandon League, Ian Snell and Mike Sweeney will provide everlasting memories to a group of 50 students from Mentoring Children of Promise, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into Seattle.

05/27/2010

Yankees players Chamberlain, Granderson, Pettitte, Sabathia, Swisher and Teixeira set to unveil their personally designed jerseys, T-shirts and caps

On Wednesday, June 2, during a Yankee Stadium press conference, Yankees players Joba Chamberlain, Curtis Granderson, Andy Pettitte, C.C. Sabathia, Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira will unveil the Players Choice Signature Series™ jerseys, T-shirts and caps they designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing their unique personalities and attitudes.

05/26/2010

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Wednesday night's game, New York Mets players Alex Cora, Jeff Francoeur and Gary Matthews Jr. will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 12 high school students serving as captains of the New York Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/20/2010

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During batting practice prior to Thursday night's game, Chicago White Sox players Mark Kotsay, Jake Peavy, A.J. Pierzynski and J.J. Putz will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor five high school students serving as captains of the Chicago Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/17/2010

Ben Francisco, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino team with student leaders from the Philadelphia Action Team® Youth Volunteer Program to build recreation area for seniors

On Tuesday, May 18, Major League Baseball players Ben Francisco, Ryan Howard and Shane Victorino are scheduled to join local high school students from the Philadelphia Action Team® youth volunteer program and volunteers from The Home Depot to build a gazebo, picnic and recreation area for seniors living at Volunteers of America’s Lindenwold Towers.

05/17/2010

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Monday night's game, Oakland A’s players Craig Breslow, Eric Chavez, Rajai Davis and Brad Ziegler will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor nine high school students serving as captains of the Oakland Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/07/2010

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Friday night's game, Pittsburgh Pirates players Joel Hanrahan and Ross Ohlendorf will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor eight area high school students serving as Captains of the Pittsburgh Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/06/2010

Statement from former MLBPA Executive Director Marvin Miller on the passing of Robin Roberts

On Thursday, former Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Marvin Miller issued a statement on the passing of Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

05/06/2010

Statement from MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner on the passing of Robin Roberts

On Thursday, Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner issued a statement on the passing of Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.

05/05/2010

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Wednesday's game, Cincinnati Reds players Jay Bruce, Mike Lincoln and Nick Masset will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor eight high school students serving as captains of the Cincinnati Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/04/2010

Branyan, LaPorta honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Tuesday night’s game, Cleveland Indians players Russell Branyan and Matt LaPorta will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor nine high school students serving as captains of the Cleveland Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/04/2010

Travis Hafner, Austin Kearns, Jensen Lewis, Grady Sizemore, and Jamey Wright to provide Cleveland-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to Tuesday evening’s game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Indians players Travis Hafner, Austin Kearns, Jensen Lewis, Grady Sizemore and Jamey Wright will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from Asian Services in Action as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s Buses for Baseball program motors into Cleveland.

04/30/2010

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner regarding Arizona immigration law

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner issued a statement Friday regarding the immigration law recently passed by the state of Arizona.

04/30/2010

Carpenter, Pujols and Wainwright presented Players Choice Awards

In a pregame ceremony Friday night at Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and pitchers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright will receive prestigious Players Choice Awards in recognition of their outstanding performances in 2009. Pitchers Kyle McClellan -- a member of the MLBPA’s Executive Board -- and Trever Miller will represent their Major League peers in presenting the awards.

04/28/2010

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to Wednesday’s game, Tampa Bay Rays players Gabe Kapler, Carlos Pena and Kelly Shoppach will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor seven high school students serving as Captains of the Tampa Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

04/28/2010

Major Leaguers create unforgettable ballpark memories for underprivileged children

Tampa Bay Rays players Jason Bartlett, Pat Burrell, Carlos Pena, Andy Sonnanstine and Dan Wheeler will host a Major League Baseball Players Trust “Buses for Baseball event prior to the April 28th game against the Oakland A’s. The players will welcome 50 students from St. Joseph’s School in Tampa, Fla.

04/23/2010

Gordon Beckham to be presented Players Choice Award as 2009 AL Outstanding Rookie

In a pregame ceremony April 23, Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham will receive a prestigious Players Choice Award as 2009 AL Outstanding Rookie. Paul Konerko, Gordon’s teammate and a member of the MLBPA’s Executive Board, will represent his American League peers in presenting the award to Gordon.

04/22/2010

Major Leaguers award $45,000 in college scholarships to reward youth community involvement

Major League baseball players will award $1,500 college scholarships to 27 outstanding high school students -- each a member of the Action Team® national youth volunteer program -- in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced April 22 by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

04/20/2010

Statement from MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner on the passing of Keli McGregor

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner issued a statement on the passing of Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor on April 20.

04/20/2010

Bell, Garland, Gonzalez, Hairston, Hundley & Stauffer to provide San Diego-area students with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to the April 20th game at Petco Park in San Diego, Padres players Heath Bell, Jon Garland, Adrian Gonzalez, Jerry Hairston Jr., Nick Hundley and Tim Stauffer will provide everlasting memories to a group of 28 students from the High Tech High Chula Vista baseball program, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s "Buses for Baseball" program motors into San Diego.

04/19/2010

Major Leaguers join forces with Wounded Warrior Project to support and honor this generation of wounded veterans

Major League baseball players are honoring the sacrifices made by our nation’s wounded warriors by launching an exclusive line of military-themed licensed products to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, it was jointly announced April 19 by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the Wounded Warrior Project.

04/16/2010

Joe Mauer to be presented Players Choice Award as 2009 AL Outstanding Player

In a pregame ceremony on Sunday, April 18, Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer will receive a prestigious Players Choice Award as 2009 AL Outstanding Player. In Joe’s honor, the Players Trust contributes $5,000 each to the Catholic Athletic Association, Friends of St. Paul Baseball, Gillette Children’s Foundation and Highland Friendship Club.

04/16/2010

Curtis Granderson presented Players Choice Award as 2009 Marvin Miller Man of the Year

In a pregame ceremony on Saturday, April 17, New York Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson will receive a prestigious Players Choice Award as the 2009 Marvin Miller Man of the Year. In Curtis’s honor, the Players Trust contributes $50,000 to the Grand Kids Foundation.

04/16/2010

J.A. Happ to be presented Players Choice Award as 2009 NL Outstanding Rookie

In a pregame ceremony on Saturday, April 17, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ will receive a prestigious Players Choice Award as 2009 NL Outstanding Rookie. In J.A.’s honor, the Players Trust contributes $20,000 to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

04/12/2010

Aaron Hill presented Players Choice Award for 2009 AL Comeback Player

In a pregame ceremony on Aptil 12, Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill will receive a prestigious Players Choice Award as the 2009 AL Comeback Player. Vernon Wells, Aaron’s teammate and a member of the MLBPA’s Executive Board, will represent his American League peers in presenting the award to Aaron.

04/09/2010

Zack Greinke accepts Players Choice Award for 2009 AL Outstanding Pitcher

In a pregame ceremony on April 9, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Zack Greinke will receive a prestigious Players Choice Award as the 2009 AL Outstanding Pitcher. Selected in a secret ballot of all American League players, Zack will receive the Players Choice Award in recognition of his exceptional season.

04/06/2010

2010 Opening Day average salary increases to $3,340,133

The average salary of a Major League Baseball player on Opening Day in 2010 is $3,340,133, it was announced Tuesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association. This is the sixth consecutive season in which the Opening Day average salary has increased.

03/18/2010

Major League Baseball players pledge $1 million to Haiti relief and recovery efforts

The Florida Marlins will host the New York Mets in three Major League Baseball games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 28-30, MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Thursday. The three-game set in Puerto Rico will be part of the 2010 MLB Championship Season and will be home games for the Florida Marlins.

03/10/2010

Tony Clark joins MLBPA as Director of Player Relations

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner today announced that former 15-year Major League veteran Tony Clark has been hired by the MLBPA as director of player relations. In this newly-created position, Tony will oversee the Union’s expanded efforts in the areas of membership communications and education. Tony also will play a major role in future rounds of collective bargaining.

03/10/2010

Steve Fehr named MLBPA Special Counsel

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner today announced that Steve Fehr has been named Special Counsel. Today’s announcement formalizes a role Steve has held for the past 23 years while serving as outside counsel to the MLBPA.

02/24/2010

Statement from MLBPA regarding HGH testing

The following statement was issued today by the Major League Baseball Players Association regarding HGH testing. "Human growth hormone is banned under our Joint Drug Program. Discipline has been imposed against players who have been found to have used HGH. We do not test currently for HGH, because no scientifically validated urine test exists. Our program calls for immediate and automatic implementation of urine testing for HGH once a scientifically validated test is available." Click the link above to read the rest of the statement.

01/28/2010

Major League Baseball players pledge $1 million to Haiti relief and recovery efforts

Major League Baseball players Thursday pledged their long-term support of relief and recovery efforts in Haiti by committing up to $1 million from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Beginning with immediate $100,000 contributions each to Esperanza International and Medicines for Humanity, over the next five years, the Players Trust will provide grants totaling up to $1 million to support the efforts of non-profit organizations working to help Haiti recover from the devastating effects of the earthquake.

01/25/2010

Statement from MLBPA Executive Director, Michael Weiner, regarding the retirement of Mark Loretta, MLBPA Association Representative

The following statement was issued today by Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director, Michael Weiner, regarding the retirement of Mark Loretta, MLBPA Association Representative: "For many years, the MLBPA has benefited from Mark Loretta's dedication, insight and leadership. The members and staff of the union congratulate Mark for his accomplishments on and off the field, and we wish him well as he joins the Padres' front office. I know Mark will continue to contribute meaningfully to the game."

01/22/2010

NFLPA, MLBPA, NHLPA & NBPA join Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund to lead 'One Team 4 Haiti' campaign

The NFL Players Association, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) today announced the creation of the “One Team 4 Haiti campaign to support the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s focus on the country’s earthquake relief and recovery efforts.

01/12/2010

Statement from MLBPA, Florida Marlins, MLB regarding Marlins' compliance with revenue sharing provisions of the basic agreement

The Basic Agreement requires that each Club use its revenue sharing receipts in an effort to improve its performance on the field. This requirement is of obvious importance to all players, Clubs and fans of the game. In recent years, the Union has had concerns that certain Clubs have not lived up to this requirement, and has consulted regularly with the Commissioner’s Office about those concerns. The Florida Marlins are one of a number of Clubs that have been discussed.

12/17/2009

Tim Maxey hired as joint strength and conditioning coordinator

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that Tim Maxey has been named the sport’s Joint Strength and Conditioning Coordinator, a new position whose duties will focus on providing guidance to and identifying best practices for Clubs and Players on issues involving conditioning, fitness, nutrition and other related subjects.

12/07/2009

Statement from Michael Weiner regarding Hall of Fame Veterans Committee election results

Michael Weiner: “We are disappointed that the committee selected by the National Baseball Hall of Fame to consider such matters once again did not elect Marvin Miller to the Hall. Very few individuals have had as significant or as positive an impact upon the history of baseball as Marvin. That impact has been and will be recognized by those who lived through and will study the game’s history. The Hall remains incomplete without Marvin’s plaque.

12/02/2009

MLBPA Executive Board votes unanimously to approve Weiner

The Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to approve the selection of Michael Weiner as Executive Director, effective immediately, it was announced today during the MLBPA’s annual Executive Board meeting. Weiner replaces Donald Fehr, who announced his resignation plans on June 22, following 26 years as Executive Director.

11/24/2009

Heeter announces plans to step down

Judy Heeter announced today her intention to step down as Director of Business Affairs and Licensing of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

11/12/2009

Donald M. Fehr statement regarding NHLPA

Major League Baseball Players Association outgoing Executive Director, Donald M. Fehr, today issued the following statement regarding the National Hockey League Players Association.

10/30/2009

Pujols is Players Choice Player of the Year, Granderson Man of Year

In a season marked by extraordinary performances on and off the field, Major League baseball players today bestowed their highest honors on two players – St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols is Player of the Year and Detroit Tigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson is the Marvin Miller Man of the Year.

10/29/2009

Mauer, Pujols win Players Choice outstanding player awards

Major League baseball players in each league cast votes to determine this season’s "best of the best," and the 2009 Players Choice Award winner for American League Outstanding Player is Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer and the National League Outstanding Player is St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols.

10/28/2009

Terry Miller, wife of Marvin Miller, passes

Members and staff of the Major League Baseball Players Association were saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Miller, the wife of founding Executive Director Marvin Miller, on Tuesday, October 27. She was 90.

10/28/2009

Greinke, Wainwright win Players Choice top pitcher awards

Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals are Major League Baseball’s kings of the hill, according to their peers. Today, the Major League Baseball Players Association and ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic announced the winners of the 2009 Players Choice Awards for each league’s Outstanding Pitcher during the third in a series of five daily broadcast segments highlighting the on-field performances and community leadership of Major League players.

10/27/2009

Carpenter, Hill win Players Choice comeback awards

Perseverance and dedication took center stage today as Major League baseball players named St. Louis Cardinals’ starting pitcher Chris Carpenter and Toronto Blue Jays’ second baseman Aaron Hill this season's top comeback players. Today, the Major League Baseball Players Association and ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic announced the winners of the 2009 Players Choice Awards for each league’s Comeback Player during the second of a series of daily broadcast segments highlighting the on-field performances and community leadership of Major League players.

10/26/2009

Happ, Beckham win Players Choice top rookie awards

In a season full of outstanding rookie performances, standouts Gordon Beckham and J.A. Happ were voted by their peers as tops in Major League Baseball’s 2009 freshman class. Today, the Major League Baseball Players Association and ESPN Radio’s Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic announced the winners of the 2009 Players Choice Awards for each league’s Outstanding Rookie during the first of a series of segments to be broadcast exclusively this week on the Mike & Mike in the Morning show (6 am – 10 am ET).

10/22/2009

2009 Players Choice finalists announced

The 2009 Players Choice Awards will be announced exclusively next week in five daily segments of ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning show.

10/15/2009

Major Leaguers in Atlanta help teach baseball to underprivileged children

The Upper Deck Company, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), is very excited to announce its partnership to launch the first-of-its kind “National Packtime sampling promotion on Saturday, March 6, 2010. The centerpiece of the promotion is a one-day event that will provide fans with free packs of baseball cards. Exclusive packs of “National Packtime baseball cards will be distributed via Upper Deck’s network of baseball card specialty shops.

10/09/2009

Major Leaguers in Atlanta help teach baseball to underprivileged children

300 Atlanta-area youth to join former Major League baseball players, including Chris Chambliss, Brian Jordan, Charlie Leibrandt and Steve Rogers at Players Trust’s CITY CLINICS program, Saturday, Oct. 10, in Atlanta.

10/03/2009

Major Leaguers teach baseball to disadvantaged youth

On Saturday, the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s City Clinics program makes its fifth stop on its 10-city tour, when former Florida Marlins and World Series champs, Cliff Floyd, Lenny Harris and Charles Johnson host 300 South Florida-area youth in a free baseball skills clinic. Through their City Clinics program, Major Leaguers are teaching baseball and important life skills to 3,000 disadvantaged children from inner-cities across the United States.

10/02/2009

MLBPA membership votes in favor of naming Michael Weiner as MLBPA Executive Director

MLBPA Executive Director Don Fehr announced today that the membership of the Major League Baseball Players Association has voted overwhelmingly (1,055 to 4) to endorse the Executive Board’s recommendation that Michael Weiner become the MLBPA’s next Executive Director. "I congratulate Michael on securing this extraordinary vote of confidence," said Fehr.

09/14/2009

Six players selected by fans as finalists for 2009 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award

Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on www.MLBPLAYERS.com between Sept. 4 and 13, to determine which six players, one from each division, inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities. From this list of 30 players, Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) was tabbed to represent the AL East, Curtis Granderson (Detroit Tigers) the AL Central, Torii Hunter (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) the AL West, Shane Victorino (Philadelphia Phillies) the NL East, Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals) the NL Central and Barry Zito (San Francisco Giants) the NL West.

09/11/2009

MLBPA and MLB to distribute free tickets to veterans

Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) will donate up to one million tickets to people who serve their country and community, as well as under-served youth, through the launch of a new program called MLB & Players GIVE BACK starting today on September 11 -- a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

09/04/2009

Fans to help select baseball's Man of the Year

Beginning Friday, fans voting online will help select the Major League Baseball player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement. Fan-voting for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award will be conducted on www.MLBPLAYERS.com, the official website of Major League baseball players, through Sunday, Sept. 13.

08/26/2009

MLBPA statement regarding decision of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Don Fehr writes, "Today the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, ruled in favor of the Players Association in the litigation regarding the government's seizure of the 2003 testing records."

08/13/2009

Statement regarding IOC executive board decision

The Major League Baseball Players Association today issued a statement in response to the International Olympic Committee Executive Board’s decision regarding additional sports in the 2016 Olympics.

08/08/2009

MLBPA statement regarding 2003 testing

Major League Baseball Players Association General Counsel, Michael Weiner, today issued the following statement regarding 2003 testing.

08/05/2009

Pittsburgh Pirates players to provide underprivileged children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pirates players will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from the All of Us Care Program, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program motors into Pennsylvania.

08/05/2009

Royals players to provide Kansas City-area children with a memorable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Royals players Willie Bloomquist, Bruce Chen, David DeJesus, Zack Greinke, Luke Hochevar, Mike Jacobs and Jamey Wright will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from the Concord Fortress of Hope Church in Kansas City, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program motors into Missouri.

08/04/2009

Major League Baseball players, Funny or Die launch Internet video to promote volunteerism

Major League baseball players Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins team up in an Internet video-short premiering today on www.funnyordie.com to promote the Major League Baseball Players Trust and inspire volunteerism. "Fantasy Camp, the fourth in a series of humorous video-shorts starring Major Leaguers, features the Philadelphia Phillies first baseman and shortstop providing an exclusive and outrageous inside-look at what it takes to be a Major League ballplayer.

07/30/2009

MLBPA response to New York Times report

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Donald M. Fehr issued the following statement in response to today’s report in The New York Times. “Today The New York Times, once again, reports what it asserts to be information contained in documents under court seal. And precisely for that reason, the Players Association will not, indeed cannot, comment on whether the information is accurate. But there should be no mistake. The leaking of information under a court seal is a crime. The active pursuit of information that may not lawfully be disclosed because it is under court seal is a crime. That its informants, according to the Times, are lawyers is both shocking and sad. That the Times is pursuing and publishing what it openly declares to be information which may not be legally disclosed is equally sad.

07/28/2009

Mets players unveil their personally designed jerseys, T-shirts and caps

Tuesday, during a Citi Field press conference, Mets players Daniel Murphy, Bobby Parnell, J.J. Putz, Omir Santos and Gary Sheffield unveiled The Players Choice Signature Series ™ featuring jerseys, T-shirts and caps they designed exclusively for their fans, with each product expressing the personalities and attitudes of the individual players who designed them.

07/28/2009

Angels players teach baseball to inner-city youth

Tuesday, the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s City Clinics program makes its third stop on its 10-city tour, when Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim players Brian Fuentes, Torii Hunter, Howie Kendrick and Gary Matthews, Jr., host 300 area youth in a free baseball skills clinic.

07/22/2009

Nationals players to provide Washington-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at Nationals Park in Washington, Nationals players Adam Dunn, John Lannan, Wil Nieves, Ron Villone, Josh Willingham and Jordan Zimmermann will provide everlasting memories to children from the Loudon Transitional Housing Program and Eastern Avenue Apartments, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program motors into Washington.

07/07/2009

MLBPA Executive Board makes preliminary decision to name Michael Weiner executive director

During a teleconference held on Tuesday, July 7, the MLBPA Executive Board made a preliminary decision to name Michael Weiner, currently MLBPA General Counsel, as the Association’s next Executive Director, replacing Donald Fehr, who announced his resignation on June 22.

07/07/2009

Twins honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Minnesota Twins players Joe Mauer and Nick Punto will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor eight high school students serving as Captains of the Minnesota Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

07/07/2009

White Sox players to provide Chicago-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at US Cellular Field in Chicago, White Sox players Brian Anderson, Josh Fields, Gavin Floyd, AJ Pierzynski, Jim Thome, and Dewayne Wise will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Youth mentoring program located in Chicago, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program motors into Illinois.

07/01/2009

MLBPA grants license to Upper Deck

After twenty years in the baseball card market, The Upper Deck Company has been granted a new trading card license agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association. “We are thrilled to renew our commitment to the baseball card market and look forward to working closely with the Players Association to further grow the category, said Upper Deck CEO Richard McWilliam.

06/26/2009

Blue Jays players to provide Toronto-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Toronto, Blue Jays players Shawn Camp, Aaron Hill, John McDonald, Alex Rios, Marco Scutaro, and Vernon Wells will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from the Make a Wish Foundation as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program rolls into Ontario.

06/23/2009

Mariners honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Mariners players Miguel Batista, Russell Branyan, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Brandon Morrow will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 13 Seattle-area high school students serving as Captains of the Seattle Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

06/22/2009

Donald Fehr announces his plans to step down as MLBPA Executive Director

Donald Fehr announced today his intention to step down as Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, a position he has held since December, 1983.

06/22/2009

Highlights of Don Fehr's tenure

The biggest and most significant moments of MLBPA Executive Director Don Fehr's tenure. Fehr announced Monday his plans to step down from that post.

06/10/2009

Major League Baseball players award $150,000 in grants to Volunteers of America programs serving the needy

Major League Baseball players presented $150,000 in grants from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to five Volunteers of America programs that further the organization’s mission to strengthen communities and build better lives for those in need.

06/09/2009

D-backs players to provide Phoenix-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Diamondbacks players Tony Clark, Dan Haren, Felipe Lopez, Augie Ojeda and Chris Young will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from the Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program motors into Arizona.

06/09/2009

Rays players to provide Tampa-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., Rays players Carl Crawford, Matt Garza, Gabe Kapler, Evan Longoria and BJ Upton will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from the Wilbert Davis Boys & Girls Club, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program motors into the Sunshine State.

06/09/2009

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Tampa Bay Rays players, Gabe Kapler and Carlos Pena will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor seven high school students serving as Captains of the Tampa Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

06/03/2009

Major Leaguers to teach baseball and life skills to inner-city youth

Major League baseball players will begin teaching baseball and important life skills to 3,000 disadvantaged children from inner-cities across the United States, when they launch their first in a series of 10 City Clinics in Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday, June 10, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

05/27/2009

Major Leaguers recognize local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, New York Mets relief pitcher, J.J. Putz, will represent all Major Leaguers when he honors 14 high school students serving as Captains of the New York Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/21/2009

Astros to provide Houston-area families with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Astros players Geoff Blum, Michael Bourn, LaTroy Hawkins and Russ Ortiz will provide everlasting memories to 50 parents and children from Crockett Elementary, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program motors into Houston.

05/20/2009

Braves to provide Atlanta-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at Turner Field in Atlanta, Braves players Garret Anderson, Jeff Francoeur, Derek Lowe, Brian McCann, Peter Moylan, David Ross and Javier Vazquez will provide everlasting memories to 40 children from the Charles R. Drew Charter School and the Gresham Park Baseball and Softball Association, as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program motors into Atlanta.

05/20/2009

Red Sox honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, eight high school students serving as Captains of the Boston Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers, will receive certificates of achievement signed by Boston Action Team players, Mark Kotsay, David Ortiz and Jason Varitek.

05/19/2009

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Washington Nationals players Joel Hanrahan, Julian Tavarez and Ryan Zimmerman will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 12 high school students serving as Captains of the Washington D.C. Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/11/2009

Indians recognize student leaders in national program to encourage youth volunteerism

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Cleveland Indians players Josh Barfield, Jamey Carroll, Ben Francisco and Ryan Garko will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 10 high school students serving as Captains of the Cleveland Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/11/2009

Indians to provide Cleveland-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Indians players Mark DeRosa, Ben Francisco, Ryan Garko, Masa Kobayashi, Jensen Lewis, Kelly Shoppach, Grady Sizemore and Kerry Wood will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from St. Luke's Catholic Church as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program rolls into Cleveland.

05/07/2009

MLBPA Statement in response to suspension of Manny Ramirez

"The Commissioner's Office announced today that Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games under Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. That suspension was issued pursuant to Section 8.G.2 of the Program. Manny, after consultation with the Players Association and his personal representatives, waived his right to challenge that suspension..."

05/06/2009

David Ortiz and Jason Varitek recognize student leaders in national program to encourage youth volunteerism

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Boston Red Sox players David Ortiz and Jason Varitek will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 40 high school students serving as Captains of the Maine Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/06/2009

Ryan Spilborghs and Huston Street recognize student leaders in national program to encourage youth volunteerism

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Colorado Rockies players Ryan Spilborghs and Huston Street will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 21 high school students serving as Captains of the Denver Action Team®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

05/06/2009

Aaron Cook, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jason Marquis, Glendon Rusch, Seth Smith and Yorvit Torrealba to provide Denver-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at Coors Field in Denver, Rockies players Aaron Cook, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jason Marquis, Glendon Rusch, Seth Smith and Yorvit Torrealba will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from Loyola Elementary School as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program motors into Colorado.

05/05/2009

Josh Anderson, Edwin Jackson, Gerald Laird, Placido Polanco and Justin Verlander to provide Detroit-area children with an unforgettable day at the ballpark

Prior to today’s game at Comerica Park in Detroit, Tigers players Josh Anderson, Edwin Jackson, Gerald Laird, Placido Polanco and Justin Verlander will provide everlasting memories to a group of children from University Prep Academy’s elementary school as the Major League Baseball Players Trust’s “Buses for Baseball program rolls into Detroit.

05/04/2009

Curtis Granderson and Nate Robertson recognize student leaders in national program to encourage youth volunteerism

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Cincinnati Reds players Mike Lincoln, Nick Masset and David Weathers will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 12 high school students serving as Captains of the Cincinnati and Indianapolis Action Teams®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

04/28/2009

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to tonight’s game, Cincinnati Reds players Mike Lincoln, Nick Masset and David Weathers will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 12 high school students serving as Captains of the Cincinnati and Indianapolis Action Teams®, part of the national service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

04/27/2009

Major Leaguers Lincoln, Masset and Weathers and local youth volunteers join forces to landscape Volunteers of America facility for disabled adults

Today, Cincinnati Reds players Mike Lincoln, Nick Masset and Dave Weathers joined forces with local high school volunteers from the Cincinnati Action Team to spruce up the landscape at Volunteers of America’s Antioch Manor, a residence serving 36 disabled, low-income adults.

04/24/2009

Albert Pujols to accept Players Choice Awards for 2008 Player of the Year & NL Outstanding Player

In a pre-game ceremony this evening, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman, Albert Pujols, will receive two prestigious Players Choice Awards as the 2008 Player of the Year and NL Outstanding Player. Selected in a secret ballot of Major League players, Albert will receive the Players Choice Awards in recognition of his inspiring and record-setting 2008 season.

04/23/2009

Major Leaguers award scholarships to reward youth community service

Major League baseball players will award $1,000 college scholarships to 23 outstanding high school students in recognition of their dedication to community service and tireless efforts to encourage others to get involved with causes they believe in, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Each scholarship recipient is a member of the Action Team national youth volunteer program created and administered by the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America.

04/09/2009

Statement of MLBPA Executive Director, Donald M. Fehr, on the passing of Nick Adenhart

“We were shaken and deeply saddened when we learned about the terrible accident that claimed the lives of Nick Adenhart and others. Just hours before the accident, Nick demonstrated his passion for baseball and his prospects for a very bright future when he pitched six scoreless innings for the Angels. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Nick’s family, his teammates, the Angels organization and his many friends and fans; It is very painful to lose a son, a teammate and a friend under these circumstances, and we also extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the other victims of the crash.

03/17/2009

Rick Helling and Mike Myers to join MLBPA staff

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director, Donald M. Fehr, today announced that former Major League pitchers Rick Helling and Mike Myers are joining the Association's staff. Helling and Myers join former Major Leaguers Bobby Bonilla, Phil Bradley, Stan Javier and Steve Rogers as special assistants to the Executive Director.

03/09/2009

Major Leaguers honor local student volunteers

During an on-field ceremony prior to this evening’s World Baseball Classic game between Puerto Rico and Netherlands, Team Puerto Rico players Alex Cora, Felipe Lopez and J.C. Romero will represent all Major Leaguers when they honor 10 San Juan-area high school students serving as Captains of the Puerto Rico Action Team®, a service-learning program in which Major League players and high school students are inspiring and training the next generation of volunteers.

03/03/2009

2009 World Baseball Classic to contribute more than $15 million

World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) will distribute more than $15 million in proceeds from the 2009 World Baseball Classic to the participating federations and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), it was announced today. The prize pool for the participating teams will be $14 million, which is nearly double the $7.8 million that was awarded after the inaugural event. In addition, the IBAF, the worldwide governing body for the sport of baseball, will receive over $1 million to invest in game development globally.

02/09/2009

Statement regarding questions about destroying samples and tipping players

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director, Donald M. Fehr, today issued the following statement in response to questions raised concerning recent reports about the 2003 testing program: Read Statement »

02/07/2009

MLBPA response to Sports Illustrated report

“Information and documents relating to the results of the 2003 MLB testing program are both confidential and under seal by court orders. We are prohibited from confirming or denying any allegation about the test results of any particular player(s) by the collective bargaining agreement and by court orders. Anyone with knowledge of such documents who discloses their contents may be in violation of those court orders."

01/06/2009

MLBPA statement in response to media reports on the suspension of J.C. Romero

"Some press stories have stated that the Association advised players that the particular supplement J.C. took was safe. Others have suggested that the Association knew, in advance of the positive tests, that this supplement contained a banned substance. Neither is accurate. The Association knew nothing about the particular supplements involved here prior to learning of these positive results."

01/06/2009

MLBPA statement regarding suspensions of Sergio Mitre and J.C. Romero

"Sergio Mitre and J.C. Romero were suspended for fifty games each by the Commissioner because they tested positive during the 2008 regular season for a Performance Enhancing Substance. Those suspensions were upheld by a neutral third-party arbitrator after hearing. We strongly disagree with the Commissioner’s discipline and with the arbitrator’s decision."

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