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Bud Selig issues a statement on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

Mar 11, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

Magnitude 8.9 Strong Earthquake Jolts Northern Japan

There are a great number of Japanese baseball players, coaches, interpreters and media members associated with Major League Baseball. Today has been an extremely rough day for them as they’ve had to process the awful news of the earthquake and tsunami. So far we’ve not heard of anyone who has lost a loved one, but even if, as we hope, things turn out well in that regard, it has certainly been a heavy day for them as they’ve tired to contact family, friends and loved ones back home.

Against that backdrop, Commissioner Selig issued the following statement earlier this afternoon:

“All of us at Major League Baseball are thinking of our many dear friends and colleagues in Japan today. Major League Baseball extends its deepest condolences to all those who have been affected, and we have the families and friends of our players as well as our peers and business partners in our thoughts.

“We have been in communication with the members of our office in Tokyo. Through our shared love of baseball for more than a century, Japan is a particularly special place to us, and we are deeply saddened by the disaster that has confronted the nation.

“Major League Baseball will certainly provide aid with the relief efforts in the days and weeks ahead. We will do everything we can to help Japan.”

Those who wish to donate can do so at RedCross.org or make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. The money will go to those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific, via the American Red Cross working in conjunction with the Japanese Red Cross Society.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 11, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Good for Bud Light for a change. Those who have been tolerating my posts here over the past couple of years know that I’ve got some good friends in Japan and though they themselves all live in Tokyo and points south, many of them have family in the northern part of Honshu. I hope everyone is OK. My son and I ride out a 6.2 quake in Hiroshima a few years ago and it was no fun, and I can’t even conceive of what an 8.9 would feel like.

    But what really concerns me is the sequence of earthquakes that led to this monster. Just a few weeks ago there was a significant earthquake to the northeast of Hokkaido along the same slip/strike fault zone. It recalls the sequence of westward-marching quakes along the North Anatolian Fault Zone, another slip/strike fault that runs the entire northern edge of Turkey. In 1939 a huge quake initiated a series of monster quakes that waltzed westward along the faultline every few years, culminating in the horrific Izmit and Ducze quakes of 1999 that killed 18,000 people. We have to hope we’re not seeing a comparable sequence of quakes propagating southward along the Ring of Fire series of faults that runs the length of Japan. A quake like yesterday’s, had it occurred along the Ring to the southeast of Tokyo, would, in addition to doing incomprehensible damage at ground level, have sent a tsunami rocketing Bernoulli-style up the throat of Tokyo Bay and made yesterday’s disaster look like a hiccup.

    Let’s hope the seismologists are paying very, very close attention.

  2. boatdoc61 - Mar 12, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    Craig, you wrote “So far we’ve not heard of anyone who has lost a loved one, but even if, as we hope, things turn out well in that regard, it has certainly been a heavy day for them as they’ve tired to contact family, friends and loved ones back home.”

    I’m going to ask if you’d consider a point of view different than the one that requires us to not care about a global catastrophe unless it involves someone we know and/or care about.

    This disaster is immense – horrible – terrible – heartbreaking – and this is true whether Ichiro’s family is involved, just like Katrina was an immense disaster – whether or not Brett Favre’s grandmother was ok or not.

    As one of the little, unimportant people, I ask that you consider the possibility that it lessens all of humanity a little if we act, speak, or write things that can be interpreted as “oh – isn’t it awful what is happening in Japan? But at least no one we’ve heard of has lost a loved one.”

    Among those devastated today are thousands – perhaps millions – of Japanese neighbors who are complete strangers to me. ALL of them are EQUALLY deserving or our sympathy, our support, and everything that all citizens of the world can offer to help them cope with this catastrophe.

    As Tiny Tim said: “God bless us, every one.”

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