Miguel Batista a community role player
The Mariners' pitcher is versatile on and off the field
During his 14-year career, Miguel Batista has assumed every role possible as a Major League pitcher, from starter to middle reliever to closer. He's also an accomplished writer, with a published novel to his credit. But his most important role has been that of humanitarian.
In the winter of 2008, Batista and Julio Lugo worked with Medicine for Humanity and the Major League Baseball Players Trust to help deliver more than $1 million in medical supplies to people who were devastated by hurricanes in the Dominican Republic.
"The Trust donated some money to help us with the people who were affected by the hurricane in the Dominican Republic. We covered a big, big part of our country and helped those people," Batista told MLBPLAYERS.com on a recent Players Talk show.
"The Trust, they move heaven and earth for us to get those people assistance as fast as they could. They tell us where to go, what to do, and it was a great help."
A Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native, Batista is beginning his second season with the Seattle Mariners, for whom he had a career-high 16 wins in 2007.
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