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Shag flies with KK? Experience up for auction

Rays offering unique bullpen encounter, Wendle instruction to raise money for charity
MLB.com @RichardJustice

LAS VEGAS -- Would you like to throw a bullpen session with a Major League staff? How about shagging some fly balls with Kevin Kiermaier? Taking ground balls with Joey Wendle?

The Rays are offering three unique opportunities as part of Major League Baseball's auction to support the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Negro Leagues Museum, two important institutions that educate future generations of young people through honoring significant moments and individuals of baseball's past.

LAS VEGAS -- Would you like to throw a bullpen session with a Major League staff? How about shagging some fly balls with Kevin Kiermaier? Taking ground balls with Joey Wendle?

The Rays are offering three unique opportunities as part of Major League Baseball's auction to support the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Negro Leagues Museum, two important institutions that educate future generations of young people through honoring significant moments and individuals of baseball's past.

The auction is live on MLB.com/wintermeetingsauction from now through Thursday, when it will conclude at 10 p.m. ET. Items include special baseball experiences, including meetings with some of the game's biggest stars, along with unique items donated by MLB and the 30 clubs.

Three items offered by the Rays:

• The winning bidder will throw a pregame bullpen session in the Tampa Bay bullpen with instruction from coach Stan Boroski. In addition, there'll be a meet-and-greet session with members of the Rays' bullpen and a tour of Tampa Bay's private bullpen lounge. During the game, the winner will sit behind the Rays' bullpen and have access to the same snacks and refreshments the bullpen uses. Included is a personalized Rays jersey. The winner, who will receive a game ticket and pregame passes to watch batting practice from the field, may bring a guest.

• Shagging fly balls with Kiermaier. The winning bidder and a guest will receive the opportunity to shag fly balls with Kiermaier at Tropicana Field, receive tips and personal defensive instruction from the two-time Wilson Defensive Player of the Year and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. Included is a personalized Rays jersey.

• Field ground balls with Wendle. The winner will take ground balls with Wendle at Tropicana Field while receiving tips and personal defensive instruction. Included is a personalized Rays jersey, and the winner may bring up to three guests to the game and watch batting practice from the field.

Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.

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