Raul Ibañez nominated for 2013 Branch Rickey Award
Mariners Outfielder Raul Ibañez has been nominated for the prestigious Branch Rickey Award which recognizes MLB players for their community service.
Ibañez, who is on his third tour with the Mariners, has always been active in community programs. He was one of the co-chairs of the annual Mariners Care Cystic Fibrosis Golf Tournament, which raised $220,000 this year. During his career with the Mariners, Raul has hosted the charity tournament six times. Over those years, the event has raised over $1.176 million for CF research.
Ibañez has also served as spokesman for the Mariners Refuse to Abuse® partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and is an active participant in Make-A-Wish, which grants wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions.
Over his career, Raul has also supported a number of local charities and non-profits including Boys & Girls Clubs, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Esperanza, Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program, Volunteers of America, Teammates For Kids Foundation, Olive Crest, Treehouse, Canine Companions For Independence, Covenant House Pennsylvania, and Project H.O.M.E.
Raul was the Mariners nominee and local winner for the Roberto Clemente Award for three consecutive seasons from 2006-2008. In 2006, Raul was also named by Sporting News as one of the “Good Guys” in sports and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball Players Association’s “Heart & Hustle” Award. In 2011, as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, he received the Tug McGraw Good Guy Award from the Philadelphia chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer won the Branch Rickey Award in 2004, and R.A. Dickey, who pitched for the Mariners in 2008, received the honor in 2012.
The annual Branch Rickey Award is named for the former Brooklyn Dodgers executive credited with breaking baseball’s color line in 1945 when he signed Jackie Robinson to his first MLB contract. The award is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Denver. The chief benefactor of the annual banquet is Denver Kids, Inc., a program that counsels and mentors at-risk youth in Denver Public Schoools.