“I am incredibly honored and humbled by the willingness of Jamie and Dave to offer their support to our ballclub,” said Poplawski. “They are both very special and long-time friends of mine and they are individuals of incredibly high character and integrity.”
Moyer has enjoyed a 25-year major league career, 10 of which were spent in a Mariners uniform. The left-handed pitcher has 267 career major league wins, was named to the 2003 American League All-Star team and was a key member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ 2008 World Series championship team.
Valle spent 10 of his 13 major league seasons in a Mariners uniform and began his professional career in Bellingham when the team was called the Baby M’s. A great defensive catcher, Valle retired with a .237 batting average and 77 career home runs.
Both players have fond memories of living with host families at the beginning of their careers. “Host families are the livelihood of amateur and minor league baseball and I’ll never forget the kindness that mine showed me,” said Moyer. “Amidst the ups and downs of pursuing a baseball career, my host family’s support was always a welcome constant,” echoed Valle.
Moyer is currently working as an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight while Valle spends time working as a studio analyst for the MLB Network and as a radio broadcaster for the Seattle Mariners.
Both men have done extensive work in the community through their non-profit foundations. Valle is president and co-founder of Esperanza International, a community development organization established in 1995. Esperanza serves economically disadvantaged individuals in the Dominican Republic and Haiti through microfinance loans, and the sponsorship of health care and educational initiatives. The organization is currently serving over 21,000 families.
Moyer and his wife Karen started The Moyer Foundation in 2000. The goal of the Foundation is to financially support programs that directly serve the critical needs of children in distress. Since it was started, the Foundation has raised more than $20 million to support its mission. In addition, the Foundation has created two very special camp initiatives: Camp Erin, a large network of bereavement camps for children grieving a death; and Camp Mariposa, a camp that assists children affected by addiction in their families.
Valle has confirmed his attendance at the Bells game on June 10th (Youth Baseball and Softball Night at Joe Martin Field). Moyer will be in Bellingham on July 19th and 20th and, along with his wife Karen, will be honored at Wednesday (July 20th) night’s game for the work The Moyer Foundation has done in the Northwest and throughout the country. This will also be Jamie Moyer Bobblehead Night.
The Bells open their season on Friday, June 3rd at Joe Martin Field against the Kelowna Falcons. For information regarding tickets, group packages and/or sponsorships, please contact the Bellingham Bells offices at (360) 527-1035 or via email at [email protected]