Former ODU star, Astros ace Justin Verlander to donate Major League Baseball paychecks

Tanya Simon
April 7, 2020

But the season has already bee put off from its March 26 Opening Day.

Former Old Dominion star and Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander took to Instagram to share how he, and his wife Kate Upton, will be giving back to the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement posted on Instagram, the two-time American League Cy Young Award victor said: "Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paycheques to players while the season is suspended".

"Obviously this is an extremely hard time for the entire world", Verlander said. The pair said they would hand-pick a charity each week and highlight its work. "Kate Upton and I have made a decision 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", Verlander wrote in an Instagram post.

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Manufacturers were anticipating temporary shutdowns and declining sales from challenged customers. By mid-March, restaurants, hotels and other service industries had seen a collapse in sales.

They didn't specify which organizations will receive the donations, but the couple said they'd announce the first recipient after Verlander gets the first paycheck.

"We're going to pick a different organization every week that's doing really good work right now", said Upton in the video.

According to CBS Sports, a recent agreement by the Major League Baseball Players Association and team owners will ensure players will still be paid for the time being.

Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports Verlander is due to receive $4,775 each day through May 24.

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