By: Lin Hung-han and Romulo Huang
Taipei, May 24 (CNA) U.S.-based Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (陳偉殷) has decided to add reasons for his donations to a charity fund he created last year, including getting the first hit and homer of his Major League Baseball (MLB) career, according to Chen’s agent in Taiwan.
Chen will donate NT$50,000 (US$1,531) for getting the first hit of his MLB career, and NT$100,000 if he hits a home run, to the Chen Wei-yin Hope Foundation, his agent said.
Chen, 31, who has signed a five-year, US$80 million deal with the Miami Marlins, which includes a sixth-year vesting option, earlier this year after four years with Baltimore Orioles, set up his foundation last November to expand his causes from baseball to animal protection and child welfare.
He decided to add his batting performance to the reasons for his donations to the charity fund, as he will now need to bat for the Marlins, which is a member of the National League. [FULL STORY]