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5/8/2013 1:58 P.M. ET

2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest Winners announced and will be recognized in MLB ballparks for "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer"

Major League Baseball today announced the 30 winners of the 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest that recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. The 30 winners, one per MLB Club, will be recognized on-field at Major League ballparks on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12th or an alternative date for away Clubs. The complete list of winners is located in the below chart and each of the winner's stories can be found on HonoraryBatGirl.com.

Fans across the country shared inspirational stories that provide hope and motivation in the fight against breast cancer, as well as the reasons they or their nominees should represent their favorite team. The 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners were selected by fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com along with feedback from a Guest Judging Panel that included CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees, Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals, Maria Menounos of Extra TV and Sam Ryan, MLB Network host and reporter.

During MLB's annual Mother's Day national day of recognition, Honorary Bat Girls will take part in pre-game activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony, and will receive pink MLB merchandise and two tickets to the game. For Clubs that are away on Mother's Day, another home game in May will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl. 

Louisville Slugger, the official bat of MLB, will introduce a new design element to their iconic pink bats that are used by hundreds of players throughout the League on Mother's Day. The hot pink color was introduced in 2012 and this year, it will include the new Louisville Slugger logo, which changed on MLB's Opening Day, marking the bat maker's first logo change in 33 years and only the second significant change in its 129 years in professional baseball. Louisville Slugger and MLB first introduced the pink bat program on Mother's Day in 2006. Fans can obtain their own personalized pink bat by going to shop.mlb.com or sluggergifts.com. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother's Day games will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer. 

To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards will also be pink.

Following is the list of all 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest winners (Clubs in alphabetical order; * = Home on Mother's Day).



*Arizona Diamondbacks

Tracie Stratton

Atlanta Braves

Joan Dumas

Baltimore Orioles

Krista McKenzie McElwain

*Boston Red Sox

Christie Cantara

Chicago Cubs

Ally Fairfield

*Chicago White Sox

Sherri Waldvogel

*Cincinnati Reds

Josie Shuler

Cleveland Indians

Colleen DeVito

Colorado Rockies

Paz Dierks

*Detroit Tigers

Tracie Kania

*Houston Astros

Gina Law

*Kansas City Royals

Kelly VanBuskirk

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Nancy Oshiro

*Los Angeles Dodgers

Sara Aguilera

Miami Marlins

Ana Sanchez

Milwaukee Brewers

Susan Meunier

*Minnesota Twins

Cheri Krejci

*New York Mets

Nicole Malato

New York Yankees

Lisa Forte-Doyle

Oakland Athletics

Kristin Frost

Philadelphia Phillies

Tami Perrin

Pittsburgh Pirates

Maria Heddleston

San Diego Padres

Michelle Jenkins

*San Francisco Giants

Wanda Zimmerman

*Seattle Mariners

Kimberly Fugere

*St. Louis Cardinals

Kathy Day

*Tampa Bay Rays

Cauney Bamberg

Texas Rangers

Terri Huestis

Toronto Blue Jays

Amanda McQueen

*Washington Nationals

Nell Bennett

The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual "Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative celebrated on Mother's Day. In four years, over 4,000 testimonials have been submitted and more than 10 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners Stand Up to Cancer, a charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This initiative has set out to raise awareness about the breast cancer cause and funds to support life saving breast cancer research.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.