MIAMI -- The eyes of the baseball world have been on Craig Kimbrel as he has spent the past few years mixing jaw-dropping breaking balls with high-octane fastballs. Over the course of the next few weeks, these eyes will also be drawn to the gold cleats that Kimbrel will wear to raise awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Through his role as the spokesperson for Players Curing Kids Cancer, Kimbrel learned that gold had been adopted as the official color to use with any endeavor that promotes September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. After some thought, the Braves closer decided to have Nike design and manufacture the gold shoes he will wear whenever he pitches over the next few weeks.
"I had the cleats made myself," Kimbrel said. "It took a little bit of wheeling and dealing and ins and outs to get it done, but we were able to get it done, and I think it turned out great," said Kimbrel, who donned the cleats for the first time during Wednesday's win over the Phillies.
Fans wishing to participate in an auction for Kimbrel's gold cleats can place their bids from Sept. 20-30. All proceeds will go to Curing Kids Cancer, a non-profit charity which helps fund innovative pediatric cancer treatments. For more information about the auction visit http://curingkidscancer.org/news-kimbrel-auctions-gold-cleats-for-childhood-cancer-research.aspx.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.