11/02/2004 11:25 AM ET
Moyer wins Branch Rickey Award
By Jim Street / MLB.com
When it comes to off-the-field activities, the Mariners are the champs.
|The Moyer Foundation has raised more than $6 million and supported more than 100 organizations that help children in need. (Gail Burton/AP)
For the second time in a week, a member of the team will be honored for his charitable work in the Seattle community.
Left-handed pitcher Jamie Moyer, who along with his wife, Karen, created the Moyer Foundation four years ago, has been selected as the 2004 winner of the Branch Rickey Award and will be inducted into the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame on Friday night in Denver.
The award honors individuals in baseball who "contribute unselfishly to their community and who are strong role models for others."
The selection of Moyer comes one week after Edgar Martinez was presented the Roberto Clemente Award. Martinez, who retired at the end of the regular season, is the first player from Puerto Rico to win the award and the second consecutive Mariner to win it. Moyer was the 2003 recipient.
The Moyer Foundation has raised more than $6 million and supported more than 100 organizations that help children in need. It also has created two key initiatives -- Camp Erin bereavement camps for children who have suffered the loss of a loved one, and The Gregory Fund to support early cancer detection research at The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Besides the Clemente Award, Moyer received the Lou Gehrig Award and the Sporting News Good Guy Award earlier this year.
"When we started this [Moyer Foundation], our goal wasn't to get accolades, but it's nice to be recognized for it," Moyer said. "We are trying to do good things and set good examples for people in the area we live in."
The Branch Rickey Award, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Denver and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, benefits Denver Kids, Inc., a program for at-risk students in the Denver Public Schools.
Moyer said he feels fortunate to fulfill his childhood dream of playing Major League Baseball and being in position to use that to help others.
"It's a great platform to have," he said. "A lot of times I don't understand why we have the impact that we do, but it sure makes you feel good when you bring a smile to a very sick kid."
Moyer said he visited the Children's Hospital in Seattle last week and made a seriously ill boy smile.
"Afterwards, his mom told me that it was the first time in a week that he had smiled," Moyer said. "It was pretty neat. I have found that I take away more than I give. It allows me to keep things in perspective."
Moyer will spend Friday in Denver and then return to Seattle early Saturday morning so he can attend a Moyer Foundation benefit event Saturday night.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.