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Kate Upton, Justin Verlander to Donate Weekly MLB Paychecks to Coronavirus Relief Organizations

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By Zachary Holt

Justin Verlander and his wife and former supermodel, Kate Upton, are donating their weekly Major League Baseball paychecks to various coronavirus relief organizations, the couple announced on Instagram this weekend. Even with play suspended for the foreseeable future, the league is still paying its players. The couple revealed that each week they'd pick a different charity in order to maximize the potential for their donations. It is their hope that they can benefit people who are at home and need help, as well as, healthcare workers and others in the field helping to mitigate the damage caused by the pandemic.

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Verlander and Upton Announce Their Weekly Donation Plan Amid Pandemic

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"Recently the @mlb announced they will be continuing to send paychecks to players while the season is suspended," Verlander wrote to his Instagram account this weekend. "@kateupton and I have decided to donate those funds to a different organization each week so that we can support their efforts and highlight the great work they’re doing during the COVID-19 crisis."

"Everyone around the world is affected by this virus, and we hope to contribute to the families and jobs affected, the healthcare workers and first responders on the front lines and the many others in need of basic necessities, medical supplies and support at home," he continued in the post.

The Couple Encourages People to Stay Home and Practice Social Distancing

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The couple, who tied the knot in 2017, also encouraged people to practice social distancing and follow the recommendations of public health and governmental organizations. "We know everyone is impacted by this crisis, but for those who are able, we encourage you to stay home to help flatten the curve and look to those around you who need a helping hand," Verlander said.

The soon-to-be Hall of Famer also revealed what he's been doing to keep himself busy during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, which included submitting his wife and child to watching some of his old baseball highlights.

The MLB Pitcher Reveals He's Forcing Upton to Watch Old Baseball Highlights

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"Forcing the family to watch my 2007 no hitter streaming on @mlb. ‘You’ll sit here and watch it and like it.’ 😂#openingdayathome," he captioned the post showing the family of three sitting on the couch watching a previously-aired baseball game.

Verlander joins a number of athletes who have donated to charitable organizations providing relief for those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Recently, the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback, Russell Wilson, and his wife, Ciara, donated $1 million to local food banks in the Seattle area.

Russell Wilson and Other Athletes Are Doing Their Part to Help in the Pandemic

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"Seattle has given us so much. Now you have people losing their jobs who are trying to pay their rent and looking for food," Wilson said in an Instagram post a couple of weeks ago. "God’s given us the ability to serve and give back. The whole city’s been shut down, and we want to hopefully make a little bit of a difference."

NBA players have also been doing their part by helping to pay the salaries of the arena workers and other staffers who were laid off as a result of the NBA season being suspended.

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