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Little League® Parents of the Year Enjoying MLB Playoff Success

Volume 2 | Issue 10 | October 2014 | Archive
Little League® Parents of the Year Enjoying MLB Playoff Success
Perhaps one of the most prestigious awards handed out every year is the George and Barbara Bush Little League® Parents of the Year. Given to the parents of a Major League Baseball player, the honor recognizes the hard work and sacrifice of Little League parents around the world. The award has gone to the parents of Derek Jeter, Mike Schmidt, Nolan Ryan, and Carl Yastrzemski, to name a few. But some of our more recent recipients have enjoyed the success of their sons throughout the 2014 Major League Baseball Postseason.

For these parents and their future MLB stars, Little League was the introduction to baseball, and their stories inspire families everywhere as the Fall Classic continues.

Richard and Kathy Verlander
2008 Little League Parents of the Year
Son: Jason Verlander, P, Detroit Tigers
League: Tuckahoe Little League (Richmond, Va.)
Volunteer positions held: Major Division Coach (Richard)

“Some of our fondest memories are of traveling with Justin’s Little League teams. The time we spent together as father and son, and as a family, were just as special as any accomplishments on the field. That’s what makes Little League great, because the most rewarding thing about the program is parents can get just as much out of the experience as the kids do.” – Richard Verlander

David and Alba Gonzalez
2012 Little League Parents of the Year
Son: Adrian Gonzalez, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Leagues: Otay Little League (Tijuana, Mexico), San Ysidro Little League (Bonita, Calif.)
Volunteer positions held: Team Mother (Alba)

“For 14 years, it seemed like every weekend we were taking the kids to Little League games. We had a lot of places to go for games with all three boys playing. We are a very close as a family because of baseball, and I remember Little League as a beautiful time in our lives.” – David Gonzalez

Keith and Cheryl Zimmerman
2013 Little League Parents of the Year
Son: Ryan Zimmerman, 3B, Washington Nationals
League: Virginia Beach Little League (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Volunteer positions held: Various

“We never forced our boys to play sports, but Ryan was interested in playing baseball. The local Little League was a good program, and the logical first step. It gave Ryan an opportunity to play organized ball. We were just your every-day Little League parents, helping out where and when we could.” – Keith Zimmerman

Tony and Robin Rasmus
2014 Little League Parents of the Year
Son: Cory Rasmus, P, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (brother Colby plays for the Toronto Blue Jays)
League: Phenix City National Little League (Phenix City, Ala.)
Volunteer Positions: Coach, Manager (Tony; appeared in the 1999 Little League Baseball® World Series); Team mother, Concession Stand Manager, Board of Directors Member (Robin)

“The most fun our family has ever had was in Little League and playing in the Little League Baseball World Series. The boys still refer back to their years in Little League as the best times of their lives. I always felt like a parent to all of my players. I would do everything in my power to teach them as much baseball and life lessons as I could in the time we had. I still have that same philosophy today. It’s a kids’ game, but the broader goals of Little League are to bring everyone together and to help them be as good as they can be at whatever they do. That’s why I believe Little League is the last vestige of fun baseball.” – Tony Rasmus

The Major League Baseball Postseason runs throughout the month of October, capping with the World Series, scheduled to take place from Oct. 21 to 29.
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The Parent Connection - October 2014 - Archive