Reds pitcher is rais­ing money via pickup game

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - TOP OF THE SECOND -

PHOENIX — Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer is or­ga­niz­ing a “sand­lot” baseball game.

He also is try­ing to raise $1 mil­lion for Ma­jor League Baseball game-day staff who could be af­fected by the league’s de­ci­sion to de­lay the regular sea­son at least two weeks be­cause of the coro­n­avirus out­break.

Bauer on Friday tweeted an in­vi­ta­tion to all MLB and mi­nor-league play­ers re­main­ing in Ari­zona to see if any­one wanted to take part in the pickup game. He said it would be manda­tory for pitch­ers and hit­ters to wear mi­cro­phones. Sev­eral play­ers — in­clud­ing Di­a­mond­backs out­fielder Josh Ro­jas and Padres out­fielder Tommy Pham — re­sponded that they were in­ter­ested.

Bauer has not pub­licly given any in­for­ma­tion about the time or lo­ca­tion of the game. Reds pitcher David Car­pen­ter pro­posed the idea of a game to Bauer, who then or­ga­nized the fundraiser. Bauer said any con­tent or live streams would be shared through his web­site Mo­men­tum.

On Satur­day, Bauer tweeted a link to a fundrais­ing ac­count en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to do­nate to­ward the $1 mil­lion goal. The site raised more than $10,000 less than 30 min­utes af­ter he sent the tweet.

Sev­eral NBA teams and play­ers, in­clud­ing Kevin Love, Khris Mid­dle­ton and Zion Wil­liamson, have pledged to give money to game-day staff at bas­ket­ball games. NHL teams and play­ers have pledged money as well.

Thou­sands of work­ers would have staffed the 450 NBA and NHL games that will not be played over the next month in re­sponse to the pan­demic. And then there are the more than 300 spring train­ing and regular-sea­son baseball games, 130 NCAA Di­vi­sion I men’s and women’s tour­na­ment games, 50 or so Ma­jor League Soc­cer matches, all in­ter­na­tional golf and ten­nis tour­na­ments and count­less col­lege, high school and other en­ter­tain­ment events can­celed or post­poned be­cause of the global health cri­sis.

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