MINNEAPOLIS -- Major League Baseball announced Monday the 30 winners of the 2012 Honorary Bat Girl program, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrated a commitment of "Going to Bat" in the fight against the disease.
The Angels' winner is Judy Watts, a high school English teacher who was diagnosed with advanced Stage 3 breast cancer on Aug. 9, 2010, but is now fully recovered.
The 30 winners, one per club, will be recognized on-field at Major League ballparks on Mother's Day this Sunday -- or an alternative date for away teams, like the Angels. Each winner was selected by a panel that includes players -- one of which was Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick -- and celebrities, in addition to fan votes on HonoraryBatGirl.com.
The Honorary Bat Girls will take part in pregame activities, will be honored during an on-field ceremony and will receive two tickets to the game.
Once again on Mother's Day, hundreds of players are expected to use pink Louisville Slugger bats, stamped with the MLB breast-cancer awareness logo, and all players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also will be pink.
Watts, a single mom who also umpires Little League games, went through six months of chemotherapy -- missing only one day of work through all that -- but everything turned up clear when she had her first post-surgery MRI in February.