Dodgers to sign autographs to raise money for earthquake relief in Japan, Ecuador.

DENVER — An hour and a half before a home game, the Dodgers will typically be indoors working out, relaxing, eating, or meeting. Tuesday they will be signing autographs.

Kenta Maeda, Yasmani Grandal, Yasiel Puig, manager Dave Roberts and Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin will sign autographs in exchange for donations to earthquake relief in Japan and Ecuador. The session will be from approximately 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the left field plaza at Dodger Stadium. That night’s game against the Miami Marlins begins at 7:10 p.m.

The Japan Times reported Friday that 48 people died in the Kumamoto Prefecture quakes, while another 11 people are believed to have died from complications of stress and fatigue. In Ecuador, Jarrin’s native country, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks have led to more than 600 deaths.

Maeda said he doesn’t know anyone personally affected by the tragedy. Neither does Roberts, whose mother is from Japan. 

“I am very honored to be a part of this and I am aware that the Dodgers are spearheading this effort,” Maeda said through his interpreter, “so I’m just happy to be able to help in any way possible.”

A minimum cash donation of $10 will be collected per autograph with a maximum of two autographs per person. As soon as gates open at 5:10 p.m., fans will be directed to form lines in the left-field plaza where the Dodgers are scheduled to sign. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross and the Dodgers will match the total amount raised Tuesday.

Maeda, a native of Tadaoka in the Osaka Prefecture of Japan, spearheaded this fundraising event and Jarrín, a native of Quito, Ecuador, joined him to encourage support of his native country. The Dodgers take on the Miami Marlins at 7:10 p.m.Tuesday. Fans must hold a ticket to Tuesday’s game to enter the stadium and participate in the fundraiser.

For questions, please contact the Dodgers’ Public Relations department by replying to this email or calling (323) 224-1301.


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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.