NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Continuing to Stand Up To Cancer, Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and all 30 clubs have combined forces again to organize a charity auction.
This auction initiative has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception four years ago and a significant portion of the proceeds from this year's event 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 reporter Richard Durrett, who passed away suddenly last year, and the YouCaring page established for Miami Marlins Sun Sentinel beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez, who is currently battling a brain tumor.
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Items included in the auction are baseball experiences and rare items with the ongoing mission of raising awareness and funding for cancer research.
The Reds have provided three items or experiences for bidding from Devin Mesoraco and Billy Hamilton, and the chance to be a "broadcaster for a day."
Here are the details:
• A winning bidder and three guests will receive tickets to a game, will watch batting practice from the field, will meet Mesoraco during batting practice and will get a game-used bat and batting gloves.
• Another winning bidder, along with three guests, will receive tickets to a game, will watch batting practice from the field, will meet Hamilton during batting practice and will get a pair of his game-used spikes.
• One winning bidder and a guest will receive press credentials and a seat in the Great American Ball Park press broadcast booth. Winners will get to sit in on manager Bryan Price's pregame session with the media, watch batting practice from the field and meet Reds broadcasters. Winners must be 18 years or older.
Bidding will be live on MLB.com until it closes on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.