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Arizona Diamondbacks continues to donate more money to community emergency relief efforts

 

March 30, 2020

Second donation brings total to more than $1 million

 

PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced the donation of an additional $500,000 to immediately assist in helping those most vulnerable during the current national emergency, bringing the franchise’s current total to more than $1 million.

“The needs in our community continue to grow, particularly in the healthcare industry and we feel it’s important to continue to give back to those heroes,” said D-backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick. “We can’t help but be inspired by those who are sacrificing so much right now to keep us all safe and we want to continue to inspire others during these unprecedented times.”

“We are fortunate to not only be in a position to continue to give back, but to be in touch regularly with those in the medical field who can help distribute these funds in a meaningful way,“ said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. “Whether it is personal protective equipment, critical resources to support healthcare personnel or technology to provide virtual visits for those currently receiving care, we believe this money can make an immediate impact.”

The Foundation’s initial donation of $550,000 last week was spread among numerous non-profit organizations that focus on emergency food supply and distribution as well as support for children of working healthcare professionals. This current donation will address that growing need in addition to benefitting those in the medical/healthcare fields.

The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and team will continue to monitor the situation in the event additional assistance can be made available, if necessary.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY D-BACKS MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Boston Red Sox News

Chris Sale

 

March 30, 2020
  • BOSTON, MA – Left-handed pitcher Chris Sale today underwent successful left UCL reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”). The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
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MLB extending financial support for Minor League Players

10:34 AM EDT

Major League Baseball announced today that it has extended the league-wide initiative of financial support for Minor League players through May 31st or until the beginning of the minor league season — whichever occurs first. MLB is taking this additional step to continue assistance for Minor League players and their families during the unexpected postponement to the start of the season. All players will continue to receive medical benefits and may continue to use any balance they have in the College Scholarship Plan or Continuing Education Program.This follows MLB’s March 19th announcement that provided interim support to Minor League players through April 8th, which covered the period until the originally scheduled start of the minor league season.

The exceptions to this plan are players who are signed to Major League contracts; players who are already receiving housing, food or other services from Clubs; and players on the Restricted, Voluntary Retired, Disqualified or Ineligible Lists. In addition, each Club will make its own arrangements to provide support to players on Dominican Summer League rosters during the same period.

As a procedural matter, Major League Baseball has informed Minor League Baseball that Major League Clubs are unable to supply their Minor League affiliates with players as a result of the national health emergency. All MLB Clubs are now in the process of informing Minor League players of the suspension of their Uniform Player Contracts. Today’s announcement provides funds for impacted eligible players during the delay.

For the last two weeks, MLB has been engaged in a variety of discussions with stakeholders to identify ways to blunt the wide-ranging impact of the national emergency resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic. MLB has announced a joint $1 million MLB-MLBPA fund to speed food assistance to those impacted by the crisis and a 30-Club, $30 million effort to support ballpark workers. MLB partnered with Fanatics to manufacture masks and hospital gowns at the factory and from materials usually used to make MLB jerseys. The much-needed supplies will first be sent to support healthcare workers and emergency personnel in Pennsylvania, where the factory is located, with the intention of expanding. Individual Clubs will continue to announce more details surrounding support for their local communities, and players are coming together to urge fans to take this crisis seriously.

We will continue to monitor ongoing events and undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts, and urge all baseball fans to follow suit. MLB extends its best wishes to all the individuals and communities who have been impacted by the coronavirus.

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY MLB MEDIA RELATIONS; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

Kansas City Royals donate 500,000 Meals

Royals Ownership, Royals Charities Pledge Donations to Harvesters

10:27 AM CDT

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 31, 2020) – Today, Kansas City Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman announced a donation on behalf of Royals investors, players and Royals Charities to Harvesters – The Community Food Network, to fund more than 500,000 meals to address food insecurity in Greater Kansas City during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our investors, our partners and our players share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part,” said Sherman. “We all wish we were playing baseball and look forward to getting back to the game we love. But the most important thing now is a priority on our community, focusing on its most pressing needs.”

The Club is also working with Royals Charities Community Champion Partners Price Chopper and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City to fight hunger as a result of school closures and shelter-at-home orders. The donation will allow Harvesters to provide more than 500,000 meals to individuals and families most at risk, as well as food pantries throughout the metro area.

Rawlings Gold Glover and All-Star Alex Gordon and his family have contributed to the effort.

“Jamie and I and our kids are staying at home and trying to take this time to help each other as a family,” Gordon said. “But we also want to help our Kansas City area family. We feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”

The Royals are encouraging fans to donate to Harvesters as they are able. Each dollar donated helps Harvesters leverage its buying power to purchase food from a network of partner agencies. Donations may be made directly to Harvesters at harvesters.org or through Royals Charities at royals.com/royalsrespond.

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Astros fan favorite, “The Toy Cannon” Jimmy Wynn passes away at age 78

Former Astros All-Star served the organization for decades as a player and community outreach executive

March 26, 2020

HOUSTON, TX - Former Astros All-Star Jimmy Wynn passed away today. He was 78 years old. After his playing career, for several years, Wynn played an active role in the Astros community efforts. At the time of his passing, Wynn was a part of the Astros front office as Community Outreach Executive.

The Houston Astros released the following statement:

Jimmy Wynn (Astros media guide photo)

“Today, we lost a very big part of the Astros family with the passing of Jimmy Wynn. His contributions to our organization both on and off the field are too numerous to mention. As an All-Star player in the 1960’s and 70’s, Jimmy’s success on the field helped build our franchise from it’s beginnings. After his retirement, his tireless work in the community impacted thousands of young people in Houston. Although he is no longer with us, his legacy will live on at Minute Maid Park, at the Astros Youth Academy and beyond. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Marie, daughter, Kimberly, son, James, Jr., to the other members of his family and to his many fans and admirers.”

As a player, despite his small frame (5’9”), Wynn boasted tremendous power as a hitter and a strong throwing arm, earning him the nickname “Toy Cannon.” He made his Major League debut with the Houston Colt .45s in 1963, and ended up playing 11 seasons for the Colt .45s/Astros.

Despite playing in the cavernous, pitcher-friendly Astrodome, Wynn reached the 30-homer mark twice in his career, including a career-high 37 in 1967, his first All-Star season. He also reached 20 home runs seven times while in Houston. Other highlights included a Major League-best 148 walks in 1969 and a career-best 43 stolen bases in 1965. He also reached 100 runs scored three times as an Astro. After his last season in Houston, Wynn was the franchise leader in hits, home runs, RBI and walks. In 15 Major League seasons overall, Wynn hit 291 home runs with 964 RBI and 225 stolen bases while posting an .802 OPS.

Over the years, Wynn made hundreds of appearances while supporting the community outreach efforts of the Astros and the Astros Foundation.

On June 25, 2005, Wynn’s No. 24 jersey was officially retired by the Astros. On August 3, 2019, Wynn was inducted into the Astros Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class. Wynn was also recognized for his outstanding community work on June 24, 2011, when the Astros and Minute Maid dedicated the Jimmy Wynn Training Center, which is a state-of-the-art baseball facility located at the Astros Youth Academy.

OTHER FACTS ON WYNN’s CAREER:

*Born March 12, 1942 in Hamilton, Ohio, near Cincinnati

*MLB Statistics

Batting average .250

Home Runs 291

RBI’s 964

*TEAMS

Houston Colt 45′s/Astros `1963-1973

Los Angeles Dodgers 1974-1975

Atlanta 1976

New York Yankees 1977

Milwaukee Brewers 1977

* CAREER HIGHLIGHTS & AWARDS

3-time All-Star: 1967, 1974, 1975

Houston Astros #24 Retired

Houston Astros Hall of Fame

 

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