Astros' Justin Verlander will donate pay during Major League Baseball shutdown

Ross Houston
April 7, 2020

Major League Baseball is still reportedly considering starting their season without fans in the stands.

Professional baseball player Justin Verlander has made a decision to donate his paycheck while the season is on hold due to coronavirus. Opening Day should have been March 26.

Recently MLB announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended.

Verlander and his wife, model Kate Upton, posted a video on Instagram to announce they would be donating the paycheck. The pair said they would hand-pick a charity each week and highlight its work. As soon as the first paycheque is received we will be highlighting the first organization.

"Obviously this is an extremely hard time for the entire world", Verlander said.

He continued: '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'. "We'll also be highlighting the organization that we choose, so that everyone can see the wonderful work they're doing right now". This means players who are under "guaranteed contracts" will receive weekly payments, which will come to a total of just over $286,000 during the 60-day shutdown. The couple went on to encourage everyone to stay safe and continue to follow CDC social distancing recommendations during these unprecedented times.

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