The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) is the union of professional major-league baseball players. The MLBPA is the collective bargaining representative for all current Major League Baseball players. The Association also assists players with grievances and salary arbitration. It also works closely with MLB in ensuring that the playing conditions for all games involving Major League players, whether the games are played in MLB stadiums or elsewhere, including internationally, meet proper safety guidelines. Moreover, the Association serves as the group licensing agent on behalf of the players.
The Players Choice Awards are annual Major League Baseball awards given by the MLBPA. They The are given following a secret ballot by players. Four awards go to a player in each league, while two awards each go to one player in all of Major League Baseball. Prize money is donated to a charity of each winner’s choice.
The first Players Choice Awards were given in 1992 to the Comeback Player in each of the two major leagues. There were no other awards that year.
While briefly living in Overland Park, KS, Bastian was retained as a “hired gun” by Jane Mobley Associates — one of the largest PR firms in Kansas City, MO — to help the agency service many of its local and national clients. In 1992 Bastian wrote a press release about the first-ever Players Choice Awards for the Major League Baseball Players Association, one of the firm’s most high-profile accounts. It received widespread coverage by national and global media. (Bastian worked directly with agency account executive Shiela Strand and founder Jane Mobley.)
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