Braves announce their Honorary Bat Girl

Braves announce their Honorary Bat Girl

ATLANTA -- Lori Smith of Dunwoody, Ga., will represent the Braves as one of 31 winners of this year's Honorary Bat Girl Contest. She has been cancer-free for two years after undergoing a bilateral mastectomy reconstruction, radiation and 20 rounds of chemotherapy.

Smith will visit Turner Field on May 11 when the Braves play the Cubs at 1:35 p.m. She will take part in pregame activities, be honored during an on-field ceremony and will receive pink MLB merchandise as well as two tickets to the game.

Additionally, the Braves, the Cubs and all on-field personnel will join the rest of Major League Baseball in wearing pink ribbons on their uniforms as well as pink wristbands. Base jewels and lineup cards will also be pink.

Also, some players will choose to use the famous pink Louisville Slugger bats, a few of which will receive a mark of authenticity from MLB before they are auctioned off on to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

Smith and the other winners were selected by a committee that includes Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman and Braves fan and country music star Jason Aldean. The Honorary Bat Girl Contest, introduced in 2009, recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.