A-Rod gives $250,000 to Bronx hospital

Alex Rodriguez is honored at a ceremony Wednesday at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. Courtesy of the New York Yankees

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez's biggest hit came prior to Wednesday's game.

The Yankees third baseman was at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center to attend a ceremony dedicating a new children's outpatient center named in his honor before the Yankees' 7-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Rodriguez donated $250,000 to help fund the construction of the Bronx hospital's outpatient center, according to a news release from the Yankees. The center offers treatment for cardiac illnesses, asthma, diabetes and neurological disorders, among other health issues, according to the Yankees.

"I am proud to support the children's outpatient facility and Bronx-Lebanon's efforts to care for the children of the Bronx community," Rodriguez said in the release.

"Our Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center family truly appreciates Alex Rodriguez's generosity," said Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center President and CEO Miguel A. Fuentes, Jr. "His strong support is translating into health care home runs for our hospital and the children of the Bronx community."

The hospital will honor A-Rod with a plaque for his donation.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com

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