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08/13/2014 10:56 AM ET
Major Leaguers & 108 Stitches to host first Strike Out Cancer Day in all big league clubhouses on Sept. 2

Major League Baseball players will stand together as one and do their collective best to "strike out cancer" on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, when they host a player-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities across the United States, it was announced today by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

"Strike Out 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 www.108stitches.com.

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. 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 strike out 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 strike out 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 Strike Out 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 Eric Ross, 108 Stitches vice president of sales. "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 Sept. 2, the player representative and his teammates will demonstrate their desire to wipe out this terrible disease by wearing Strike Out 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 "strike out cancer."

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

The MLBPA, 108 Stitches and the players will support the "Strike Out Cancer" initiative through various social media efforts between now and Sept. 2 using #KCancer14.

Players representatives' charities of choice:

Team #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
Los Angeles Angels CJ Wilson CJ Wilson's Children's Charities
  Jason Grilli Musculoskeletal Tumor Society
Los Angeles Dodgers AJ Ellis City of Hope
Miami Marlins Jose Fernandez Live Like Bella - Foundation for Childhood Cancer
  Jarred Cosart Make-A-Wish Foundation
Milwaukee Brewers Yovani Gallardo Brewers Community Foundation
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
  Jon Lester Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
Philadelphia Phillies Cliff Lee 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 Center
St. Louis Cardinals Jason Motte The Jason Motte Foundation
Tampa Bay Rays Evan Longoria Moffitt Cancer Center
Texas Rangers Derek Holland Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer
Toronto Blue Jays R.A. Dickey Voices Against Brain Cancer
Washington Nationals Craig Stammen Darke County Cancer Association
  Kevin Frandsen 19 For Life