Baseball and Players Donate to Tsunami Aid

Friday, January 7th 2005, 3:05 pm
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ Major league baseball's 30 teams and the players' association will combine to donate $1 million to tsunami relief efforts.

In addition, the New York Yankees will donate $1 million from the proceeds of their season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 3.

``As a social institution, major league baseball has a responsibility to help those in our communities and, in this case, the global community,'' commissioner Bud Selig said. ``The horrific tsunami that devastated large areas of South Asia took an enormous human toll that is incomprehensible to those of us who watched the aftermath from the comfort of our homes.''

Baseball and the union have made joint charitable donations in the past.

``We hope that this contribution will be of help to those in need as they go about the difficult work of rebuilding their lives and communities,'' union head Donald Fehr said.