Red Sox right-hander Garrett Whitlock has been named the team’s Jimmy Fund captain for the 2023 season, the organization announced on Monday.
Whitlock will be taking over for Nathan Eovaldi, who held the post in each of the last two seasons before signing a two-year, $34 million contract with the Rangers in December.
“Like all players in MLB, I am aware of the strong partnership and rich history between the Red Sox organization, the players, and the Jimmy Fund,” Whitlock said in a statement. “I am honored to be asked to serve as this year’s Jimmy Fund Captain. I look forward to meeting patients and their families and helping to raise awareness and funds for all the amazing work that is being done at Dana-Farber.”
As Jimmy Fund captain, Whitlock will “attend fundraising events, visit patients, build support and raise funds for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.” The 26-year-old hurler will also be responsible for acting as an ambassador towards “Dana-Farber’s research and care mission.”
The Jimmy Fund, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, was first established in Boston in 1948. The Red Sox have been partners with the organization since 1953, making it the longest and most charitable partnership in professional sports.
With the exception of 2020 (COVID-19 pandemic), the Red Sox have hosted an annual radio-telethon at Fenway Park each summer since 2002 to raise awareness and funds for pediatric and adult cancer care/research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Last year, more than $3.5 million was raised at the 20th WEEI/Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, bringing the cumulative total since 2002 up to approximately $65 million. The 21st installment will likely take place at some point in August.
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