Newly acquired Texas Rangers pitcher Shawn Tolleson was on hand at Old Settlers Rec Center in McKinney on Tuesday — and McKinney Little League Baseball is better for it.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, represented in part by Tolleson, made a grant presentation in the form of a $10,000 check to the MLLB program.
t was a special day for Tolleson, a relief pitcher who was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers during this offseason. That’s because Tolleson played at Old Settlers Park while growing up.
Tolleson played for Allen High School before a college career at Baylor. He reached the Major Leagues in each of the past two seasons with the Dodgers and is on the Rangers’ 40-man roster in hopes of earning a permanent spot during spring training that begins next month in Surprise, Ariz.
It was also a special day for McKinney Little League Baseball, which has had a well documented rough past 12 months, plagued with allegations of financial mismanagement. The city first said it could not use its fields in 2014 until City Manager Jason Gray relented to allow MLLB to play this year while on a probationary period.
Rangers Foundation Executive Director Karin Morris was on hand with Tolleson for the presentation. McKinney Little League Baseball begins March 1.
The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation instituted the Grant Program to 2012 as another means to promote the growth and development of youth baseball and softball. The Foundation awarded grants to 11 non-profit organizations in Texas and Louisiana in 2013 for a total of $90,000.00 in funds. Details on the 2014 Foundation Grant Program will be announced in March.
Since its creation in 1992, the Rangers Foundation has constructed 12 baseball fields and supported thousands of children playing for RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Miracle League programs.
Photos of Shawn Tolleson signing autographs at Tuesday’s event provided by TSB’s Sawyer Erickson