Friday, March 11, 2011

The A's and MLB Respond to the Japanese Quake

Major League Baseball teams and players have been quick to respond to yetserday's devastation in Japan. Understandably, this is a trying time for MLB's Japanese players, including Dodgers pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, Brewers reliever Takashi Saito, and Yankee pitcher Kei Igawa. Here at home, A's slugger Hideki Matsui and catcher Kurt Suzuki also expressed deep concern for their relatives in Japan. Luckily for both players, their families back home appear to be safe.

MLB Comissioner Bud Selig also addressed the disaster today. He released the following statement: 

All of us at Major League Baseball are thinking of our many dear friends and colleagues in Japan today. Major League Baseball extends its deepest condolences to all those who have been affected, and we have the families and friends of our players as well as our peers and business partners in our thoughts.

We have been in communication with the members of our office in Tokyo. Through our shared love of baseball for more than a century, Japan is a particularly special place to us, and we are deeply saddened by the disaster that has confronted the nation.

Major League Baseball will certainly provide aid with the relief efforts in the days and weeks ahead. We will do everything we can to help Japan.

The A's have designated their upcoming Japanese Heritage Day, scheduled for April 3rd, a fundraiser to aid earthquake relief efforts.

The thoughts and prayers of all of us here at Baseball San Jose are also with the people of Japan. We encourage everyone to contribute generously to international charities aiding the victims of the devastation. As Californian baseball fans, we keenly understand the impacts of major earthquakes, so please give generously.

Here is a list of just some of the organizations that could use your could help:

American Red Cross (or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10)

Save the Children 

International Medical Corp (or text MED to 80888 to donate $10)

Doctors Without Borders

Oxfam America

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