Brewers donate to Mets staffer's charity auction

Brewers donate to Mets staffer's charity auction

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Brewers contributed a pair of experiences to a charity auction in memory of late New York Mets public-relations executive Shannon Forde, marking the fifth consecutive year that Major League teams have helped raise funds in the name of a member of the baseball family affected by cancer.

Through Thursday at 8 p.m. CT, fans can bid on the Brewers' items -- among them a personal clinic with hitting coach Darnell Coles or a visit to your family barbecue from the famous racing sausages -- or any of the other unique experiences offered by clubs. They include pitching lessons from the Giants' Johnny Cueto, golf with former Ranger Ivan Rodriguez or batting practice at the home of the American League Champion Indians.

The auction is live at Funds raised will support the renovation of a youth baseball and softball field in Forde's hometown of Little Ferry, N.J., to include dugouts with protective fencing and benches, perimeter fencing, bleachers, backstop, and scoreboard and field signs. The field will be renamed "Shannon Forde Field."

"Shannon was a special member of our baseball and communications families who touched many lives throughout our game," said Pat Courtney, chief communications officer, Major League Baseball. "We all miss her very much, but are pleased to have this opportunity to ensure that her legacy lives on by giving young people, including Shannon's own children, the chance to play and watch the game that she loved at 'Shannon Forde Field.'"

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.