For the fourth consecutive year, Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and the 30 Clubs have organized a Winter Meetings charity auction that includes once-in-a-lifetime baseball experiences and unique items to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. This initiative, which has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception, was inspired by the numerous employees, friends and fans of the game who have been affected by cancer.
A significant portion of the proceeds will go to Stand Up To Cancer, a longtime partner of Major League Baseball, its founding donor in 2008. In addition, this year's auction will benefit Do It For Durrett, in honor of the late Texas Rangers ESPN.com beatwriter Richard Durrett, who passed away suddenly last year, and the YouCaring page established for Miami Marlins Sun Sentinel beatwriter Juan C. Rodriguez, who is currently battling a brain tumor.
The auction is live on MLB.com until Thursday, December 10th at 9:00 p.m. (ET). Following are some of the items supporters can bid on, with a full list here:
- Tour the 9/11 Museum with former MLB All-Star John Franco
- Hike Camelback Mountain and have brunch with Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star A.J. Pollock
- Brew beer with Minnesota Twins All-Star closer Glen Perkins
- Round trip flight and hotel to New York Mets Spring Training to be a part of the team's weight room workout program and watch a game
- Golf with All-Stars Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals, Shelby Miller of the Atlanta Braves or former longtime Texas Rangers Darren Oliver and Steve Buechele
- Texas Rangers exclusive game day experience with members of the Durrett Foundation Board of Directors, including watching the game with Rangers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels
- A Spring Training fishing trip with Tampa Bay Rays Manager Kevin Cash and his coaching staff
- Private batting lessons with MLB hitting coaches Chili Davis, Darnell Coles, Jeff Branson or Tom Brunansky, as well as with Mets Club Ambassador Mookie Wilson (including the chance to watch parts of Game Six of the 1986 World Series with him)
- Opportunities to meet MLB stars Mike Trout, George Springer, Nelson Cruz, Billy Hamilton or Devin Mesoraco, as well as managers Ned Yost, Joe Girardi, Don Mattingly, Clint Hurdle, Dallas Green and Charlie Manuel or Terry Francona
- Lunch with Nationals manager Dusty Baker and his staff, Diamondbacks All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and legend Luis Gonzalez, San Francisco Giants GM Bobby Evans or Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman
- 2016 MLB All-Star Media Experience at PETCO Park with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to all of the events during All-Star Week in San Diego
- A collection of All-Star and World Series press pins from 2006 to 2015
- A spot in the St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Camp
- Have lunch with Hall of Famer Tom Glavine or meet Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully
- The chance to watch a Giants Spring Training game from the dugout
About Stand Up To Cancer
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry's resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C's scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.