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Major Leaguers to host Strikeout Cancer Day

Major Leaguers & 108 Stitches to host first Strikeout Cancer Day
in all clubhouses on Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Big Leaguers to raise funds and awareness for various cancer-related charities through the wearing and sale of Strikeout Cancer T-shirts

Major League baseball players will stand together as one and do their collective-best to “strikeout cancer” on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, when they host a player-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities across the United States.

“Strikeout Cancer” day was created as an extension to an ongoing initiative spearheaded by St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher, Jason Motte.  On this day, Players throughout the league will wear t-shirts emblazoned with a large, backward K (the notation for a strikeout “looking” in baseball scoring) in colors representative of their team cities.  Each team will be supporting a different cancer-based charitable organization, selected at the suggestion of one Player representative on behalf of that team.  Fans can support their favorite Players in this effort by purchasing these shirts at

Proceeds from every shirt sold are split between the Jason Motte Foundation and the charity selected by the Player representative, who in many cases has a personal attachment to the charity because of someone he knows who has or had cancer.  (Please see below for the complete list of Player representatives and their chosen charities.)  In addition, the MLBPA will contribute its customary licensing fee to the Brain Tumor Center at Columbia University Hospital in memory of Michael Weiner, the former MLBPA executive director who passed away last November after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

“I’m honored by the support my fellow Major Leaguers have displayed in joining the Jason Motte Foundation’s effort to strikeout cancer,” stated Motte.  “What started out as a ripple of awareness in St. Louis a year ago has turned into a tidal wave of international support to help eradicate this horrible disease.  I want to thank the Players for standing together in support of this initiative, as well as 108 Stitches and fans everywhere for doing their best to help strikeout cancer.”

“I’m extremely proud of the Players for rallying around a member of their fraternity to raise awareness for a cause that hits too close to home for all of us,” stated MLBPA Executive Director, Tony Clark.  “For generations, Players have demonstrated their willingness to stand together as one in support of issues important to them as a group, and their Strikeout Cancer initiative is one more example of this.”

“It has been amazing for us to watch the Players rally together to take the fight directly to cancer,” said 108 Stitches Vice President of Sales, Eric Ross.  “What started out as a small run of shirts for Jason Motte has turned into a campaign supported by the entire MLBPA membership.  It has been an honor to be a part of this campaign and see the passion that the Players possess in helping raise awareness and much needed funds to help charities K cancer.”

On September 2, the Player representative and his teammates will demonstrate their desire to wipe out this terrible disease by wearing Strikeout Cancer T-shirts throughout the day.  By wearing their K Cancer shirts on the way to the ballpark, in the clubhouse, in the batting cage, or after the game, the Players hope their support for each other and their fans will bring attention to this initiative and encourage others to do what they can to “strikeout cancer.”

Fans purchasing shirts are encouraged to wear them to a Major League game on Tuesday, September 2.

The MLBPA, 108 Stitches and the players will support the “Strikeout Cancer” initiative through various social media efforts between now and September 2, using #KCancer14.


Strikeout Cancer Day
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

#KCancer14  Rep & Charity Name
Arizona Diamondbacks – Miguel Montero – Ronald McDonald House
Atlanta Braves – Craig Kimbrel – Curing Kids Cancer
Baltimore Orioles – Nick Markakis – Lungevity
Boston Red Sox – Craig Breslow – Strike 3 Foundation
Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo – The Anthony Rizzo Foundation
Chicago White Sox – John Danks – St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Cincinnati Reds – Skip Schumaker – Jessie Rees Foundation
Cleveland Indians – John Axford – The Movember Foundation
Colorado Rockies – Brandon Barnes – Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
Detroit Tigers – Rajai Davis – Voices Against Brain Cancer
Houston Astros – Brett Oberholtzer – Leukemia Research Foundation
Kansas City Royals – Bruce Chen – Friends of Kids with Cancer
LA Angels of Anaheim – CJ Wilson – CJ Wilson’s Children’s Charities
LA Angels of Anaheim – Jason Grilli – Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
LA Dodgers – AJ Ellis – City of Hope
Miami Marlins – Jose Fernandez – Live Like Bella Foundation for Childhood Cancer
Miami Marlins – Jarred Cosart – Make-A-Wish Foundation
Milwaukee Brewers – Yovani Gallardo – Brewers Community Foundation (breast cancer prevention & research)
Minnesota Twins – Trevor Plouffe – Susan G. Komen Foundation
New York Mets – Dillon Gee – Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
New York Yankees – Carlos Beltran – Go – Gogo Foundation (P.R.)
Oakland Athletics – Nick Punto – Jessie Rees Foundation
Oakland Athletics – Jon Lester – Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
Philadelphia Phillies – Cliff Lee – Multidisciplinary Long Term Effects Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Pirates – Ike Davis – Solving Kids’ Cancer
San Diego Padres – Cameron Maybin – Sister Network Triangle
San Francisco Giants – Jeremy Affeldt – Lazarex Cancer Foundation
Seattle Mariners – Logan Morrison – Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
St. Louis Cardinals – Jason Motte – The Jason Motte Foundation
Tampa Bay Rays – Evan Longoria – Moffitt Cancer Center
Texas Rangers – Derek Holland – Clayton Dabney Fndation For Kids with Cancer
Toronto Blue Jays – R.A. Dickey – Voices Against Brain Cancer
Washington Nationals – Craig Stammen – Darke County Cancer Association
Washington Nationals – Kevin Frandsen – 19 For Life