Programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Miami are set to expand, thanks to a pre-game announcement Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
A $1 million donation, from the MLB Urban Youth Foundation, was presented on the field by slugger Alex Rodriguez and Major League Baseball Chief Operating Officer Tony Petitti to Alex Rodriguez-Roig, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, and long-time club board member James Bernhardt. As a child, the Yankees star attended the Boys & Girls Club’s baseball program at its Coconut Grove facility and credits the club with much of his success.
The donation was part of a $3.5 million settlement between the Yankees and A-Rod, as he is commonly known, over a marketing payment deal. Originally Rodriguez was to receive $6 million each for up to give milestone accomplishments in exchange for marketing rights. The first was tied to A-Rod’s 660th home run, tying Willie Mays’ record. But after A-Rod’s one-year suspension in 2014 for his role in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal, the Yankees declined to pay the bonus, saying Rodriguez’s marketing value had dropped to naught.
The team and A-Rod later reached a deal that gave $3.5 million to charitable groups, saving the team both cash and taxes, and gave the slugger the home run ball from his 3000th hit.
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During the season, Rodriguez’s realationship with the Yankees and MLB has warmed. Earlier this month, A-Rod’s mother and two daughters, who live in Miami, were on the field at Yankee Stadium when team officials awarded Rodriguez a Waterford vase and gold-and-diamond ring commemorating his 3000th hit. Daughters Ella and Natasha received matching pendants.
This article was supplemented by information from the Associated Press.