’s “Baseball’s Giving Spirit” Series Shares the Heart of Major League Teams

Baseball ran its annual “Baseball’s Giving Spirit” series, which profiles each team and their respective community efforts.

In a lead-off piece,’s Mark Newman wrote under the header, “Baseball offers plenty to be thankful for.” Newman includes the tireless work of personnel at the club levels to help local causes and give their time, sometimes mandated by the organization and often quietly and without request (Mark Newman,, 11/26).

Atlanta Braves: Braves Teach Baseball, More to Kids; Club’s Charity Youth League Brings Game to Inner-City Children (Mark Bowman,, 11/26).

Arizona Diamondbacks: D-backs Lend Hand With Ticket Program; Unique Giveaway Just One Way Team Supports Community (Steve Gilbert,, 11/26).

Baltimore Orioles: Orioles’ Reach Extends Far in Baltimore; Club Shows Commitment With Fundraising, Youth Programs (Spencer Fordin,, 11/26).

Boston Red Sox: Red Sox Building Legacy of Giving Back; From Boston to Japan, Club Deeply Involved in Community (Ian Browne,, 11/26).

Chicago Cubs: Cubs Spread Goodwill With Good Deeds; Throughout Year, Club Makes Presence Felt in Community (Carrie Muskat,, 11/26).

Cincinnati Reds: Reds Give Back Through Youth Baseball; Community Fund Supported 284 Teams, Renovated Fields in ’08 (Mark Sheldon,, 11/26).

Cleveland Indians: Tribe’s Efforts Benefiting Community; Team’s Charitable Organization Raising Millions for Cleveland Area (Andrew Gribble,, 11/26).

Colorado Rockies: On-Field Success Helped Rockies Give; World Series Appearance Boosted 2008 Charitable Efforts (Thomas Harding,, 11/26).

Detroit Tigers: Tigers Have Detroit on Their Minds; Tough Times Have Team Even More Focused on Giving Back (Jason Beck,, 11/26).

Florida Marlins: Marlins Celebrate Holidays With Charity; Club Involved in Several Events to Benefit South Florida Community (Joe Frisaro,, 11/26).

Houston Astros: Community Service a Priority for Astros; Team Participated in Nearly 40 Different Activities in 2008 (Alyson Footer,, 11/26).

Kansas City Royals: Bucks Giving Back to KC Community; Royals Catcher Raising Funds, Awareness for Prenatal Care (Dick Kaegel,, 11/26).

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Angels Bring Winning Ways to Children; Los Angeles’ Charitable Efforts Spread Good Cheer Among Youths (Rhett Bollinger,, 11/26).

Los Angeles Dodgers: Dreamfields Highlight Season of Giving; Fields Are Just Part of Dodgers Dream Foundation Program (Rhett Bollinger,, 11/26).

Milwaukee Brewers: Brewers Lend a Hand in Tough Times; More Than 17,000 Items Donated to Assorted Charities (Adam McCalvy,, 11/26).

New York Mets: Amazin’s Use Popularity to Give Back; TeamMets Encourages Fans to be Charitable as Club Sets Strong Example (Anthony DiComo,, 11/26).

New York Yankees: Yankees Spreading Bronx Cheer; Borough Benefits From Club’s Extensive Involvement (Bryan Hoch,, 11/26).

Oakland Athletics: Athletics Continue to Make an Impact; Club’s Ongoing Outreach Touches Bay Area and Beyond (Mychael Urban,, 11/26).

Philadelphia Phillies: Phanatic to Take on New Coat for Charity; Phils Organization Hosting Painting Event in Latest Benevolent Venture (Ken Mandel,, 11/26).

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bucs’ Season of Giving Never Ends; Pirates Charities to Distribute Over $400,000 to Local Programs (Jenifer Langosch,, 11/26).

San Diego Padres: Young, Gonzalez Lead Padres’ Charge; CY All-Stars Stands Among Many Friars Outreach Programs (Corey Brock,, 11/26).

San Francisco Giants: Giants Impact Community in Big Ways; Mays, Lincecum Among Team’s Prominent Figures to Give Back (Chris Haft,, 11/26).

Seattle Mariners: Everyone Wins With Mariners Care; Non-Profit Organization Raises More Than $1 Million for Ninth Straight Year (Jim Street,, 11/26).

St. Louis Cardinals: Cardinals Care Focuses on Helping Kids; Programs Provide Opportunities for Thousands of Area Children (Matthew Leach,, 11/26).

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays Enjoy Helping Community; Players Renovate Fields, Support Local Youth Organizations (Bill Chastain,, 11/26).

Texas Rangers: Young’s Honor Embodies Texas’ Spirit; Miller Award Recognizes Just Small Part of Rangers’ Charitable Efforts (T.R. Sullivan,, 11/26).

Toronto Blue Jays: Jays Care About the Community; Toronto Area Benefits From Countless Club Initiatives (Jordan Bastian,, 11/26).

Washington Nationals: Hanrahan at Forefront of Giving Attitude; Right-Hander One of Many Nationals Aiding Local Community (Bill Ladson,, 11/26).

View the entire “Baseball’s Giving Spirit” series