New York Yankees resolve bonus dispute with Alex Rodriguez
1:12 | MLB
New York Yankees resolve bonus dispute with Alex Rodriguez
Friday July 3rd, 2015

The New York Yankees will donate $150,000 to a charity supported by the man who caught Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit in exchange for him returning the ball to the team.

Zack Hample, who has caught thousands of balls at games and written a book about the practice, initially said he did not intend to give the ball back. He later softened his stance on the matter in an interview on SI Now.

Rodriguez's 3,000th hit was a solo home run off Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander last month.

Hample will return the ball at a press conference at Yankee Stadium on Friday, according to a statement released by the team. The charity Hample has supported since 2009 is Pitch In For Baseball, which donates equipment to kids who want to play the sport.

New York opens a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

• CORCORAN: Awards watch

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.