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Tigers' Mikie Mahtook, after early-life loss, still senses father's presence

(MLive)

The son has looked up a few of his father's old football videos. But more than 30 years after man's last game, they are difficult to find in quantity. Mikie Mahtook did see himself in Michael Mahtook when he watched the old LSU clips. His father, a linebacker at the southern football powerhouse, was a little bit bigger. Otherwise, they looked the same, carried themselves the same, were one of each other...


Father's death, mother's strength inspire Tigers CF Mikie Mahtook

(Detroit Free Press)

Mikie Mahtook slid his wood bat above his locker in the Detroit Tigers clubhouse, into a small slot, barrel first, as if he were tucking away a family secret...


Mahtook Foundation's 'Evening with Tiger Baseball Legends'

(BRProud)

Former LSU Baseball Standout and Detroit Tiger Mikie Mahtook has a gameplan to strike out heart disease by promoting education, early detection and regular check-ups. "It's not just for athletes, it's for everyone," Mahtook said. "If you're active, if you're running, tennis, pick up basketball, it's beneficial for them." He created the Mikie Mahtook Foundation to prevent heart disease, which tragically struck his family years ago.


Former LSU Baseball Star Mikie Mahtook Awards Grant to Aid Louisiana Flood Relief Efforts

(Mahtook Foundation)

Former LSU Baseball star and current Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Mikie Mahtook announced today that the Mikie Mahtook Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to support Baton Rouge residents affected by the recent flooding devastation.


Mikie Mahtook: Giving Back, For Dad

(The Human Side of Sports)

In Mikie Mahtook’s world of pro baseball, he’s used to taking. Taking away a home run with a leaping catch in the outfield. Taking what the pitcher gives you at the plate. Taking a couple of pitches so a baserunner can steal. But now, Mahtook’s world includes giving. As in, giving back...


Mahtook homers for first big league hit

(rays.mlb.com)

Mikie Mahtook stepped into the batter's box in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 12-7 loss to the Blue Jays looking for his first Major League hit. Little did the Rays' rookie know that his first hit would be a home run. The outfielder from Lafayette, La., had only been in the Major Leagues since Friday after the Rays recalled him to take the place of John Jaso when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list...


In spirit of his father, Mikie Mahtook is a driven Tampa Bay Rays prospect

(Tampa Bay Times)

Rays outfield prospect Mikie Mahtook plays the game with the exuberance of an 11-year-old, diving and sliding, soaking in every out as if it were his last. "He plays baseball like a football player," LSU coach Paul Mainieri says, "100 miles an hour with his hair on fire all the time." Turns out, Mahtook, 22, plays like his dad. Michael Mahtook, a former LSU linebacker, died of heart disease when Mikie was 4. To honor him, Mahtook wears his father's No. 54 and writes it on his baseball cleats.


Mikie Mahtook gets call-up to Tampa Bay Rays

(NOLA.com)

"Mikie Mahtook will get his first taste of the major leagues Friday. The Tampa Bay Rays called up the LSU baseball product from Triple-A Durham after they placed John Jaso (left wrist) on the disabled list Thursday. Mahtook, an outfielder, has steadily moved up the Rays system since they took him in 31st overall in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He batted .292 with 33 doubles and 12 home runs in a full Triple-A season in 2014."


Mikie Mahtook Launches Foundation

(katc.com)

Mikie Mahtook launches a foundation to raise money for heart disease prevention and research.


Mikie Mahtook Kicks Off Foundation for Heart Disease

(kadn.com)

Professional baseball player and LSU College World Series Champion Mikie Mahtook, as well as legendary LSU Baseball coaches Skip Bertman and Paul Mainieri all gathered together this past weekend in Lafayette for the start of the Mikie Mahtook Foundation. After losing his father at a young age to heart disease, Mikie Mahtook created his foundation to help research heart disease in hopes of helping other families.