01/07/2005 11:34 AM ET
MLB, MLBPA contribute $1 million to tsunami relief
Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly have pledged a donation of $1 million to the relief of the victims of the tsunami that struck Asia, it was announced today. The donation is being coordinated with the White House so that it will be included in the fundraising efforts of the former presidents, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
"As a social institution, Major League Baseball has a responsibility to help those in our communities and, in this case, the global community," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "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. On behalf of Major League Baseball, our hearts and our condolences go out to all who have suffered and continue to suffer, and hope that our contribution in some small way will help ease the terrible burden."
"This tragic event has touched all of us", said MLBPA Executive Director, Donald M. Fehr. "We are deeply saddened by the enormous loss of life and the suffering which now confronts the survivors; our thoughts and prayers go out to all of them. 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."