10/13/2010 1:19 PM ET
Mariners Annouce 2010 Ellis Awards
INF Matt Mangini, RHP Mumba Rivera and the Tacoma Rainiers all honored.
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik and Director of Player Development Pedro Grifol announced today the organizations 2010 John Ellis Award recipients. Infielder Matt Mangini and right-handed pitcher Mumba Rivera were honored as the individual award co-winners and the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, were honored for having the top overall team commitment.
"The Mariners organization is committed to giving back to the community and prides itself on involvement by players and staff at all levels," Grifol said. "We try to emphasize the value of being good citizens and role models. In addition, our affiliates understand the importance of reaching out to their communities, which is one of the reasons we enjoy our relationships with each club. We actively encourage all of our players to participate in these efforts."
The Rainiers, honored for their overall team commitment, went 74-69 and won the 2010 Pacific Coast Championship. This is the second time in the last three years that the Rainiers received the Ellis Award, as the team and staff were active throughout the Tacoma area in several community endeavors. The Rainiers, who are dedicated to supporting the community that supports them, compiled over 345 community service hours and surpassed their 2009 total by over 100 hours. The team and staff participated in numerous community events including youth baseball camps, hospital visits, speaking appearances and autograph sessions. With the help of 14 players and three coaches the Tacoma Rainiers Annual Golf Tournament raised $20,842.98 for MultiCare's Tree House, which provides families with children in Tacoma General's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Mary Bridge Children's Hospital a place to stay. Several Rainiers players, front office staff and Rhubarb wore women's shoes and walked a mile around downtown Tacoma in "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" event raising money and awareness for the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County. In April, the Rainiers paid tribute to the fallen Lakewood Police Officers by auctioning special autographed game worn jerseys and donating all single-game ticket proceeds to the Lakewood Police Independent Guild. The Rainiers also raised over $10,500 auctioning off special game worn autographed jerseys benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation, UW Tacoma, Limbs for Life and Operation Homefront.
Teammates Matt Mangini, 24, and Mumba Rivera, 29, were each honored for their individual efforts, after accumulating more then 20 hours in the Tacoma community. Mangini led the team with 23 hours of community service participating in the Rainiers Annual Golf Tournament as well as coaching area youth in the team's annual baseball camp. He made two special trips to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital to visit with patients and their families and also visited with veterans at the Naval Hospital in Bremerton. Rivera also made a positive influence in the community at multiple appearances including volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club, Family Reading Night and also participating in the Rainiers golf tournament. Rivera became the second Mariners farmhand to receive the Ellis Award twice, after also earning the award in 2008.
The Mariners instituted the Ellis Award in 1998 to recognize community involvement by players in their minor league system. The Mariners minor leaguers were very active in the community in 2010, bringing the total hours contributed by the Mariners minor leaguers to over 10,000 hours in the last 13 years.
For more information on the John Ellis Award, please contact the Seattle Mariners baseball information department at (206) 346-4000. More information is also available online at www.mariners.com or www.losmarineros.com.
For more information regarding the Tacoma Rainiers community involvement, please contact Alyson Jones, Director of Media Development at Events at (253) 722-2025.