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New York, NY, Thursday, December 31, 2015 … The Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball today announced that they are jointly contributing $250,000 to assist victims of both the devastating tornadoes in the Dallas area of North Texas and the flooding in the Midwest, specifically Missouri and Illinois, that have both occurred this past week.

Today’s contributions follow a long history of joint support provided by Major League Baseball and the Players to victims of natural disasters, and the parties encourage others to join in this effort to help assist with the area’s relief efforts including donating via and

Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “First and foremost, our hearts go out to all the victims in Texas, Missouri and Illinois, especially to the loved ones of those whose lives were lost in these tragic storms.  Major League Baseball and our 30 Clubs are eager to support the relief efforts by the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army, in partnership with the Players Association.  Through this united contribution, we hope the affected families find some solace in their time of need, and we will continue to keep them and their communities in our thoughts.”

“The Players are proud to be joining with Major League Baseball to provide needed funding to help support the recovery efforts of the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army,” said MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark.  “We commend both organizations for their passion and dedication to providing immediate assistance to the innocent victims of these devastating storms, and our thoughts and prayers remain with those suffering in the wake of these unfortunate natural disasters.”