Marlins, MLB commit $5M to All-Star Legacy

Marlins, MLB commit $5M to All-Star Legacy

MIAMI -- The Marlins and Major League Baseball announced Monday they are contributing more than $5 million to the 2017 All-Star Legacy program to assist baseball-related initiatives in Greater Miami and nationally.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the All-Star Legacy program aims at assisting the development of youth baseball and softball fields, Boys & Girls Club teen centers, an airport military hospitality lounge and a mobile eye unit.

The unveiling of the various All-Star Legacy projects will take place leading up to the 88th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard. The 2017 Midsummer Classic will be played on July 11 at Marlins Park.

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The donations from the Marlins and MLB will go toward local projects and national charities.

MLB Charities, the Miami Marlins and the Marlins Foundation are teaming up to support national charitable partners of Major League Baseball, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer, among others.

The funds will be raised from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on July 10.

The All-Star Legacy initiative launched during the 1997 All-Star festivities in Cleveland.

Since its inaugural year, MLB and host All-Star clubs have donated approximately $80 million through the All-Star Legacy initiative.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.