Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/27/12
Members of the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners toured a disaster zone in the town of Ishinomaki on the northeast coast of Japan on Tuesday.

The players witnessed the aftermath an earthquake and tsunami caused on March 11, 2001 to the city of 150,000. Almost half of Ishinomaki was inundated by up to 32 feet of water and many homes were swept out to sea.

"There is an air of silence you have in the car when you drive through it and see it," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "That's just a small stretch. You picture that times 150 miles and its pure devastation."

Major League Baseball made a donation of $500,000 to the city to help with reconstruction efforts.

The players conducted a baseball clinic with students from the area after the tour.

"To be able to give back to these kids who have lost homes and family members is something special," Oakland pitcher Tommy Milone said.

The teams are in Japan to open the 2012 MLB season with games on Wednesday and Thursday at Tokyo Dome.
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