MLB to assist West plant relief efforts

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced a combined $100,000 donation to the POINTWEST Bank Fund on Thursday to assist victims of the April 17 fertilizer plant fire and explosion in West, Texas. The explosion claimed the lives of 15 and injured more than 200.

The funds will support individuals and families who have been affected by the tragedy, either by loss of life or home. The funds will be distributed by POINTWEST Bank and claims evaluated by St. Mary’s Church of the Assumption, both based in West.

The Rangers organized a number of relief efforts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on their previous homestand, including collections of essential items and cash as well as holding a blood drive. Fans and the Rangers Baseball Foundation have donated thousands of dollars in gift cards and $40,000 in cash for victims and residents of West.

Major League Baseball will encourage fans to donate to POINTWEST Bank Fund throughout all national telecasts on FOX, ESPN, TBS, and MLB Network and will promote the charity with signage behind home plate. MLB.com, TexasRangers.com and MLBPlayers.com also will be promoting the Fund and accepting donations online.

“Major League Baseball is proud to support the people of West, Texas during their community’s difficult time of need,” Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said. “Major League Baseball, our 30 Clubs, MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network offer its sincere condolences to all the individuals and the families affected by this tragedy, and we hope that our industry’s contribution will assist in the community’s recovery.”

For more information, please visit MLBCommunity.org.