MLB umpires to host 10th annual auction for UMPS CARE charities

Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires will offer up more than 300 items that include priceless autographed sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind VIP experiences, and upgraded ticket packages during its 10th Annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction.

April 20th, 2018

Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires will offer up more than 300 items that include priceless autographed sports memorabilia, one-of-a-kind VIP experiences, and upgraded ticket packages during its 10th Annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction. The auction is currently underway at www.mlb.com/UmpsCare and closes at 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 30.   



Some of the items up for bid include signed bats, cleats, jerseys, photos, and baseballs from some of the biggest stars in baseball including 2017 AL MVP Jose Altuve, 2017 NLCS MVP Justin Turner, multiple-time MVP Albert Pujols, 2012 NL MVP Buster Posey, and Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Feller.  



There are also opportunities to watch batting practice up close on the field at many MLB ballparks, hotel stays with game tickets, opportunities to have lunch with an MLB umpire, suites and tickets from Minor League Baseball clubs, golf foursomes and more.   



There are jerseys, bats, baseballs, and other items from current stars and past greats of the game including Dansby Swanson (signed hat), George Brett (signed jersey, signed bat), Kris Bryant (jersey), Bobby Cox (signed baseball), Lorenzo Cain (signed bat, signed cleat, signed baseball), Bucky Dent (signed baseball), Bryce Harper (jersey), Eric Hosmer (signed bat); Clayton Kershaw (jersey); Aaron Judge (jersey), Mike Moustakas (signed bat, signed jersey), Giancarlo Stanton (jersey); Dustin Pedroia (signed baseball), Salvador Perez (signed bat, signed batting helmet), Joe Torre (signed jersey, signed baseball, signed hats) and Vin Scully (signed baseball).  



Additionally, there are signed items from non-baseball celebrities including a football signed by former Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, a baseball signed by actor/comedian Will Ferrell, a photo signed by golfing great Jordan Spieth, a baseball signed by President George W. Bush, and a football signed by coaches Jim Tressel and Bo Pelini.  



"Each year thanks to the support from our friends in Major League baseball and throughout the sports world we get some fantastic items for our auction, and this year is no exception," said Gary Darling, former MLB umpire and Board President for UMPS CARE Charities. "This is the biggest fundraising initiative that we have to help so many children in need, and we can't thank everyone enough for all of the support. Please tell all of your friends, bid early and bid often to help this great cause."



All proceeds from the Online Auction support UMPS CARE Charities youth programs to provide Major League Baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption, Build-A-Bear Workshop® experiences for hospitalized children coping with serious illnesses, college scholarships for deserving young adults who were adopted as children, and financial assistance for families in need. UMPS CARE Charities is the official charity of Major League Baseball umpires.



To view all auction items or to make a bid, visit www.mlb.com/UmpsCare. The auction is currently underway and closes at 10 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 30.   



UMPS CARE Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established by Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires to provide financial, in-kind and emotional support for America's youth and families in need. Through its youth-based programs, professional baseball umpires enrich the lives of at-risk youth and children coping with serious illness by providing memorable baseball experiences, supporting pediatric medical care, and raising awareness for foster care children waiting to be adopted. UMPS CARE Charities provides benefactors with "Major League" support by remaining true to its established creed, "Helping People is an Easy Call." For more information go to www.UmpsCare.com.