Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and the 30 Clubs raised more than $200,000 for cancer research during the Winter Meetings through an MLB.com auction featuring over 80 extraordinary experiences and unique items. This year's total, which doubled on the final day, marked the most raised since the initiative's inception in 2012, bringing the overall total to more than $650,000. Additionally, the 2015 auction saw nearly three times as many page views than the previous record and the highest number of overall bids.
The highest selling experience was the 2016 MLB All-Star Media Experience featuring behind-the-scenes access to the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego, California. The package, which raised $25,550, also features on-field meet and greets, access to press conferences, All-Star player availability, batting practice and more. Other top-selling experiences include:
• Meet and Greet with Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully ($7,525)
• Lunch with San Francisco Giants General Manager Bobby Evans, plus watching batting practice from the field ($7,525)
• Lunch with Washington Nationals coaches ($7,500)
• Round trip package to Spring Training to participate in Mets off-field workout ($6,525)
The Winter Meetings auction was inspired by the numerous employees, friends and fans of the game who have been affected by cancer. This year, 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, the 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.