Rangers' wives organize online auction for charity

Rangers' wives organize online auction for charity

Rangers' wives organize online auction for charity
ARLINGTON -- The Texas Rangers Wives, in partnership with The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, are hosting an online auction that benefits Kenna's Kids, a nonprofit organization that assists local families pay sick children's medical expenses.

Brittany Ross, Rangers reliever Robbie Ross' wife, introduced the organization to the rest of the players' wives, who put together the online auction. Bids for the 37 autographed items -- available for bidding at texasrangers.com/auction -- begin at anywhere between $25 and $500. The auction opened on Monday and closes Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. CT.

"It's been a while since the wives have done an auction," players relations assistant vice president Taunee Taylor said. "Each wife asked their husband -- and we got all the single guys, too -- to donate items. We're hoping to make a lot of money. The items are priced reasonably. We did a lot of research about what we should start the bids at."

All but four members of the Rangers' 25-man roster donated items to be auctioned off, including Ian Kinsler and Scott Feldman, who both donated multiple items. A pair of cleats and batting gloves autographed by Brandon Snyder, who was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Aug. 2, are available in the auction, along with three pairs of cleats autographed by Neftali Feliz, who had Tommy John surgery Aug. 1. Among the other items are autographed by hitting coach Scott Colbaugh, manager Ron Washington and team president and CEO Nolan Ryan.

Bids have been submitted on seven of the 37 items already, including a pair of batting gloves autographed by three-time Gold Glove Award winner Adrian Beltre, a glove autographed by three-time All-Star second baseman Kinsler, and a pair of cleats autographed by All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish. The most popular item so far has been a bat autographed by first baseman Mitch Moreland. Three bids on Moreland's bat has pushed the price from $200 to $300.

The Texas Rangers Wives find a worthy community organization to support each year. Kenna's Kids has been helping children and their families going through medical emergencies since 2008. This year, Kenna's Kids is supporting the families of Makenna, 7, who has been diagnosed with cerebral folate deficiency; Charlie, 2, who has been diagnosed with crianosynostosis; and Grayson, a kindergartener who has been diagnosed with acute lympholblastic leukemia. The Texas Rangers Wives will also host the inaugural Rangers Race on Sept. 3 at the Ballpark in Arlington to benefit the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation.

Christian Corona is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.