Royals offer inside access in LUNGevity auction

Fans can bid on meet-and-greet with Yost, Moore, players

Royals offer inside access in LUNGevity auction

SAN DIEGO -- The Royals are the defending American League champions, and that success is the product of baseball smarts, seamless cohesion in the front office and inspiring leadership on and off the field.

Fans can see all of that firsthand and support a good cause at the same time by bidding on auction items that offer rare inside access with the Royals brass.

Top bidders can attend a Spring Training meet-and-greet with manager Ned Yost, general manager Dayton Moore and various members of the team that captured America's hearts with its stirring run to the seventh game of the 2014 World Series. Or get treated like a true-blue member of the Kansas City media, meeting with Yost on a regular-season gameday at Kauffman Stadium.

This year's Winter Meetings will see the start of the annual Auction to benefit LUNGevity, the largest national lung cancer-focused non-profit organization. LUNGevity was chosen this year to honor the memory of the late Baltimore Orioles public relations director, Monica Barlow, who lost her battle with lung cancer in February 2014.

"Major League Baseball is honored to conduct fundraising efforts for LUNGevity in memory of Monica Barlow," MLB Commissioner Bud Selig said. "As a social institution with important social responsibilities, our game's most valuable opportunities are those that make an impact on the lives of others. It is our privilege to contribute to an extraordinary cause."

The auction, which will be live on until Thursday at 10 p.m. CT, features once-in-a-lifetime baseball experiences, including luncheons with players and executives, the opportunity to take batting practice in a big league park, and even unique events such as a pottery-making session with Major League second baseman Scooter Gennett.

The Royals are offering the following:

• Four tickets to a Spring Training game in Surprise, Ariz., and a meet-and-greet with Moore, Yost and several Kansas City players. 

• Prior to a Royals' regular-season home game, the winning bidder will watch batting practice from the field, sit in on Yost's pregame session with the media, have dinner in the press dining room, meet the Fox Sports Kansas City broadcasters and crew and visit the TV truck and booth during the game.

Doug Miller is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.