Stephen Piscotty’s well-documented journey through adversity (as seen in this SportsCenter Featured Segment) began in 2017 when his mother, Gretchen, was diagnosed with ALS. Stephen was an outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals at the time and had to shoulder the responsibilities of both a Major League Baseball player and a son to a mother with a progressive neurodegenerative disease 2,000 miles away. That year, Stephen had the worst season of his playing career, hitting just .235, with nine home runs, 39 RBI, and a .708 OPS
Following an offseason trade to play for his hometown Oakland A’s, Stephen was able to move home and live with his parents and two younger brothers. Six months after the trade, on May 6, 2018, Gretchen passed away with Stephen and the entire Piscotty family by her side.
While the A’s left for an East Coast road trip, Stephen stayed home for three days to mourn the loss of his mother with his family and closest friends. When he rejoined the club in Boston, he hit a home run over the Green Monster in his first at-bat, sparking a four-plus-month run that culminated in the best season of his career. Setting career-highs in home runs (27), RBIs (88), and WAR (3.0). Stephen overcame personal tragedy to help propel the Athletics to their first postseason appearance since 2014. He was honored with the 2018 BBWAA Bill Rigney Good Guy Award and 2018 Tony Conigliaro Award.
Now married, Stephen and his wife reside close to home in the Bay Area as he lives out his lifelong dream of playing for his hometown Oakland A's.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is honored to pay tribute to Stephen Piscotty as the 54th Hutch Award® winner.