12/06/12 3:10 PM ET
Last chance! Bid on MLB.com/SU2C Auction
By Alyson Footer / MLB.com
Major League Baseball's auction, a nation-wide venture designed to help wipe out cancer, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars so far. Bidding lasts until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, with all proceeds going to Stand Up To Cancer, which MLB has supported since 2008 as a founding sponsor.
For example, the Meet and Greet with Angels star outfielder Mike Trout, with the winner granted four tickets to a game -- including a batting-practice visit and the opportunity to meet the AL Rookie of the Year -- has garnered 20 bids. The highest bid: $3,125.
Breakfast with Giants outfielder Hunter Pence? That seems to be the hottest ticket, receiving 46 bids, the highest coming in at a whopping $5,725.
A Meet and Greet with Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee, which includes four tickets to a game and dinner in the Phillies Executive Dining Room, has received 27 bids, with the highest being $1,481.
The Tampa Bay Rays Longoria, Price & Maddon Experience -- where the winner receives four tickets, pregame field passes to a mutually agreed upon home or road game, personalized jersey and the opportunity to meet Evan Longoria, David Price and manager Joe Maddon pregame -- has received 16 bids, with the highest coming in at $1,275.
There has never been an auction quite like MLB.com/SU2CAuction, and that is mainly the result of club PR directors who got together on a mission that is very personal in nature. Many of them work with club personnel who have been diagnosed with cancer, and this became a unified effort to use their unique access and list at least 70 items that almost make it hard to choose.
The auction includes participation via meet-and-greet and/or autographed items from 16 Hall of Famers: Hank Aaron, Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Orlando Cepeda, Andre Dawson, Carlton Fisk, Al Kaline, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice and Nolan Ryan. Three others honored at Cooperstown have agreed to lend their involvement: broadcasting award winners Denny Matthews and Vin Scully, as well as Roland Hemond, the 2011 recipient of the Hall's Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award.
Meet-and-greets or unique experiences were donated by at least 15 current or former All-Stars: Don Baylor, Kirk Gibson, Rick Honeycutt, Tim Hudson, Craig Kimbrel, Brian McCann, Charles Nagy, Giancarlo Stanton and Trout, in addition to Bronson Arroyo, Tyler Clippard, Longoria, Pence, Price and Troy Tulowitzki.
Listed are autographed items from more of the game's best current and former players, including Jeff Bagwell, Jose Bautista, Craig Biggio, Miguel Cabrera, Adam Dunn, Todd Helton, Felix Hernandez, Chipper Jones, Paul Konerko, Dale Murphy and Frank Thomas.
The organizers are also asking all 30 managers to sign baseballs, which will be auctioned off at a later date.
Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.