The Oakland A’s created a lot of excitement on the field in 2012 with their 94-68 season. Off the field they are bringing the same level of excitement to the community as MLB Players Association representative and A’s pitcher Jerry Blevins has informed the A’s front office that he and his teammates have voted to donate one playoff share to various local and national charities this holiday season. The donations will total $34,325.16 to be divided among various charities.
“During the playoff share meetings, we decided as a team that we wanted to give back to the community by donating one full share to various charities that are near and dear to our hearts,” said Blevins.
The over thirty thousand dollars will be split up among the MLB Players Trust, UMPS CARE, Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Oakland A’s Community Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, United Way of the Bay Area, Donnie Moore Ministries and the “Strike 3 Foundation.”
Oakland finished their 2012 comeback season by winning the American League West Division and returned to postseason play for the first time since 2006.