DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Shin-Soo Choo is doing his part to help minor leaguers while baseball is shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Rangers outfielder/designated hitter has donated $1,000 to each of the club's minor leaguers, totaling $190,000, according to Naver Sports, a Korean sports website.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News later confirmed the report.
Choo, who is entering the final year of his seven-year, $130 million contract, is one of the leaders in the Rangers clubhouse.
“I came here with nothing, but baseball has given me a lot since. Minor league players are future of our organization. I just hope that they can fight through and overcome this difficult time,” Choo said to Navar, via Daniel Kim.
MLB announced on March 19 that it was giving minor league players $400 per week through April 8, which is the day before the minor league season was set to begin.
Comissioner Rob Manfred announced that all players will continue to receive paychecks and health benefits through May 31.
Weekly minimums in the minor leagues vary between $290 for Class A players to $502 for Triple-A players, according to the Associated Press.