Hats off to the Uptons

Well done

Parents of all 13 players on the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars will have the opportunity to see their sons play in the Little League World Series thanks to an outpouring of donations.

Besides readers, businesses and little league baseball fans, four Major League Baseball players pitched in to help the families.

LaTroy Hawkins, a relief pitcher for the Colorado Rockies who played with the Chicago Cubs from 2004-2005; Torii Hunter, a right fielder for the Detroit Tigers; and brothers B.J. Upton and Justin Upton with the Atlanta Braves donated $20,000 to assist the families.

“They saw the kids on TV and they specifically wanted to support the parents getting there,” said Bill Haley, an assistant coach and director of Jackie Robinson West Little League.

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