Smoke billows from houses in Natori, northern Japan, after the area was hit by a powerful earthquake and a tsunami on Friday March 11, 2011. The ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing scores of people as it swept away boats, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control. (AP Photo/Mainichi Shimbun, Taichi Kaizuka)
The Padres announced Friday they are organizing efforts to raise money to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.
“At a time like this we feel that it is important for the global community to become involved and support the people of Japan,” said Padres President/Chief Operating Officer Tom Garfinkel. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the individuals and families affected by the devastation and we pledge to help support the relief efforts as Japan begins to rebuild.”
The Padres will raise funds as part of their Japanese Heritage Night scheduled for Friday, May 20 against the Seattle Mariners. The club will also match donations via the Padres Foundation. More details about this effort will be announced in the future.
In 2010 there were 14 Japanese-born players in Major League Baseball, including Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. As of 6:00 p.m. San Diego time on Friday, several of those players had still not been able to reach family members living in Japan.