Baseball is back.
Pitchers and catchers report today for many teams, and by the end of the week, all teams will have their full rosters in play as spring training 2018 begins.
— MLB (@MLB) February 13, 2018
Braden Bishop is a prospect in the Seattle Mariners organization. He was selected in the third round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft and is one of the team’s top young players. As he heads into spring training 2018, Bishop isn’t just competing for a major league roster spot, he’s also looking to raise awareness and funds for a charity near and dear to his heart.
During spring training I will personally be donating money to Alzheimer’s for every hit (can’t promise I’ll get any ??) in either major or minor league games.
Home Run=$40 (don’t hit many of these ?)#Knocks4MOM #Hits2EndALZ
— Braden Bishop (@bradenbishop7) February 7, 2018
Bishop started the 4MOM foundation after his mother, Suzy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. He has been involved in fundraising with the charity during his time in college at the University of Washington and through his first three minor league baseball seasons, where he reached AA Arkansas in 2017.
“I always wanted to help out, whether it was a teammate’s mom who had breast cancer or one of my best friends’ through high school, his cousin had pediatric cancer, so I got involved with that,” Bishop, told MLB.com. “I felt like I was called to serve in whatever capacity, but I always felt like I didn’t want to force helping, especially for these causes.”
On February 7, Bishop tweeted that he was going to donate money to Alzheimer’s for every hit he gets in spring training.
But it didn’t end there.
Athletes, coaches and fans from around the league and beyond have tweeted about donating a dollar amount for every hit or strikeout recorded during Spring Training to Bishop’s 4MOM charity.
— Tyler Pike (@tpike10) February 11, 2018
— Logan Ice (@LoganIce33) February 10, 2018
— Chris Shaw (@SHAWESOME24) February 10, 2018
— Dan Altavilla (@DanAlt3225) February 10, 2018
— Sal Biasi (@sal_biasi) February 10, 2018
— Alex Jackson (@alex_jaxxsun) February 10, 2018
Bishop will report to Mariners spring training 2018 on February 19 in Peoria, Arizona. His first chance for game action will come Friday February 23 when Seattle opens up Cactus League action against San Diego. Here’s hoping he gets a bunch of extra-base hits.
You can watch more on Bishop’s story and why he plays 4MOM below.