MLB, players give $100K to Texas explosion victims

MLB, players give $100K to Texas explosion victims

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WEST, TX - APRIL 18: Valley Mills Fire Department personnel walk among the remains of an apartment complex next to the fertilizer plant that exploded yesterday afternoon on April 18, 2013 in West, Texas. According to West Mayor Tommy Muska, around 14 people, including 10 first responders, were killed and more than 150 people were injured when the fertilizer company caught fire and exploded, leaving damaged buildings for blocks in every direction. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Major League Baseball and the players association are donating a combined $100,000 to victims of the Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people and injured about 200.

The league says Thursday it will encourage fans to donate during games on national television and with signage behind home plate.

The plant in West, Texas, exploded during a fire April 17. Officials say 12 emergency responders were killed and dozens of homes were destroyed or damaged in the massive explosion that left a crater 90 feet wide.

The donation from MLB and its players will be to the POINTWEST Bank Fund in West, about 75 miles south of Dallas.

Commissioner Bud Selig says baseball is proud to donate in the town's "difficult time of need."

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