Gonzalez's Derby homers to help kids
Padres slugger commits $200 per long ball in All-Star event
SAN FRANCISCO -- Adrian Gonzalez will be taking swings for charity Monday when he competes in the State Farm Home Run Derby at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
Gonzalez, who last week was selected to participate in the Home Run Derby the day before his second All-Star Game appearance, has additional incentive to do well in the event.
Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy, will donate $200 for each home run he hits to The Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation and the Padres Foundation to benefit children.
The Padres have committed to match their donation and the Trinity Bat Company will also donate $100 for each Gonzalez home run in the event.
Fans are invited to make donations by visiting www.adriangonzalezfoundation.org. The couple has set a goal of raising $25,000 for these charities by noon PT on Friday.
The Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez Foundation focuses on empowering underprivileged youths in the areas of athletics, education and health.
The Padres Foundation is committed to meaningful and enduring impact on youth in the areas of health, education and baseball/softball.
Gonzalez will be the third Padres player to participate in the Home Run Derby. Fred McGriff and Gary Sheffield took part in 1992 in San Diego.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.