While the MLB season has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the league recently announced its players would continue to receive some payments from the league during this downtime. Houston Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander has pledged to donate all of these paychecks during the league’s postponement to organizations that are helping those in need during these difficult times.
“I just found out that MLB is going to be providing us with a paycheck for the next couple of months. Obviously, this is an extremely difficult time for the entire world. There are so many people that are in need, whether it’s those that are on the front lines battling this disease head on or someone who’s at home and has lost their job and needs to provide basic necessities such as food and water,” Verlander said in a video on his Instagram page. “So, we have decided to donate that paycheck (the check Verlander will continue to receive during the league’s downtime).”
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Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended. @kateupton and I have decided to donate those funds to a different organization each week so that we can support their efforts and highlight the great work they’re doing during the COVID-19 crisis. Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home. As soon as the first paycheck is received we will be highlighting the first organization. We know everyone is impacted by this crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve and look to those around you who need a helping hand. #covid19 #flattenthecurve
“We’re going to pick an organization every week who’s doing really good work right now and donate the entire week’s paycheck to that organization,” Verlander’s wife Kate Upton added. “We’ll also be highlighting the organization that we choose so everyone can see the amazing work they’re doing right now.”
Verlander said they would announce the first organization they will be donating to as soon as he receives the first check.
More Astros Do Their Part
Verlander is only the most recent member of the Houston Astros to give back and help in the fight against the coronavirus.
Yesterday, Astros star Jose Altuve said he and his wife Nina would be giving 60,000 meals to kids in need right now.
Additionally, George Springer, Alex Bregman, Lance Mccullers Jr., Carlos Correa, and team owner Jim Crane have all made significant contributions to help frontline responders and those in need due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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