That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Carlos Beltran donates $1 million dollars to Puerto Rico

Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) makes contact in the fifth inning during an MLB game between the Houston Astros and the White Sox at Minute Maid Park, Thursday, September 21, 2017. Chicago White Sox defeated Houston Astros 3-1. (Photo by Juan DeLeon/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez

Los Angeles– Hurricane Maria devastated the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico and players in the major leagues born in Puerto Rico are raising money to help in the reconstruction. I spoke with Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin (El Machete) Maldonado “Todos estamos unidos para ayudar en todo lo que sea posible, dinero, suministros de ayuda, de construccion, lo que sea” Translation: “We are all united to help in whatever we can, with money, help, even construction materials, whatever it takes”.

Carlos Beltran, veteran of the Houston Astros who won the American League West is going to the playoffs and Beltran donated $1 million from his own pocket, motivating many other players from Puerto Rico to start raising funds for the cause, guys like Carlos Correa a great young shortstop of the Astros as well as Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians, reigning champions of the American League Central Division and American League champions of 2016. Carlos Beltran has played for 19 years in the major leagues, with close to 500 home runs he is one of the most prolific switch-hitters in history and a sure thing to be enshrined someday in Cooperstown.

Many other players born in Pueto Rico have also donated money from their own pockets like Los Angeles Dodgers Enrique (Kike)Hernandez who pledged $10,000. Yadier Molina, born in Puerto Rico considered the best catcher in baseball is also raising money for the worthy cause. There has never been a disaster of such magnitude in Puerto Rico as the category 5 Hurricane Maria (Cat 5 is the strongest category for a hurricane considered catastrophic) hit that island right on the nose and now all Puerto Rican players are united, together with the US government/FEMA in campagins to collect money for the reconstruction in Puerto Rico.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Spanish radio talent for the Oakland A’s, the Spanish TV talent for the LA Angels, and does That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary each week at



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