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Flood Relief Auction complete

Well done, folks. There was a bit of a late surge, mostly on that 2003 Futures Game ball. When all was said and done, it looks like the auction raised (after operational fees, etc. are taken out) right around $1,600, which will go to MiLB Charities. Not quite the $2,000 I was hoping for, but not a bad chunk of change, either. Congrats to all the winners — enjoy your new pieces of memorabilia and remember that by getting them, you’ve helped some folks out who really need it right now.

Auction clock is ticking…

There’s just over two hours left in our Charity Auction,
folks, plenty of time to get in on the action. There’s been some
activity, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get into the bidding.
We’re just under $1600 as of this post — I really want to get to 2K,
so get in there and bid! 

Flood Relief Charity Auction

Folks, I need your help. We’ve got this great charity auction going over on The money raised will go to MiLB Charities, which will help cities and towns that were hit hard by the recent flooding. There’s some great stuff worth bidding on. Each player involved played in one of the Minor League towns that was hit particularly hard. I’ll list them below for easy perusal. As of this writing, the grand total was just over $1100. We can do a lot better than that, can’t we? Spread the word any way you can before the deadline (Wednesday, 4 p.m. ET)

Futures2006.jpgTeam Autographed Baseball from the 2006 Futures Game

The ball is signed by Jaime Garcia (Quad Cities, 2006) and Howie Kendrick (Cedar Rapids, 2004) among many others.

morneauball.jpgJustin Morneau Autographed Baseball

A ball signed by 2008 HR Derby champion and Twins All-Star Justin Morneau, who played in Quad Cities in 2001.

Futures2003.jpgTeam Autographed Baseball from the 2003 Futures Game

The ball is signed by Joe Mauer (Quad Cities, 2002) and Ervin Santana (Cedar Rapids, 2002) among many others.

pieball.jpgFelix Pie Autographed Baseball

A ball signed by Cubs outfielder Felix Pie, who has played for Iowa (in Des Moines) from 2006-2008.

mauerbat.jpgJoe Mauer Autographed Bat

A bat signed by Twins All-Star catcher and batting title winner Joe Mauer, who played in Quad Cities in 2002.

wagnerjersey.jpgBilly Wagner Game-Worn Jersey from 2008 Civil Rights Game

The Mets closer wore this jersey at the 2008 Civil Rights Game in Memphis. Wagner played in Quad Cities in 1994.

Rays for Rays

It’s a good time to be a Rays fan.

Honestly, how often, before now, could you say something like that and mean it sincerely? But it’s true, from the bottom up.

At the top rung, obviously, the Rays are playing great baseball. After their win this afternoon, they’re just a half-game behind the Red Sox atop the AL East. Matt Garza threw a dandy and Evan Longoria is white hot. In his last four games, he’s gone 8-for-19 (6-for-11 in the last two) with three homers, four doubles and 8 RBIs.

Down in Double-A, 2007 No. 1 overall pick David Price makes his Southern League debut, starting for Montgomery tonight in Mobile at 8 p.m. ET. You can listen on Gameday Audio.

But wait, that’s not all. I’m in Princeton, West Virginia because Tim Beckham is making his professional debut tonight. He’ll DH and bat second in the P-Rays lineup against the Burlington Royals. You can listen to that game as well at 7 p.m. ET. There was a little nasty weather here a bit ago, and the radar looks like it might have one more bit of rain, so batting practice was banged, but it’s looking like all systems are go for the No. 1 pick in this most recent draft to get his first taste of pro ball. I’ll be writing a story off of it and we’ll (myself and Joe Cronin) provide a video interview and a little later, a feature, from the game. Wireless access permitting, I’ll try to blog after each of his at-bats tonight.

Flood relief efforts continue: Changing the topic for a minute, I just wanted to update you on a few on-going efforts regarding helping out those impacted by the flooding in the Midwest. A couple of days ago, I wrote about Trevor Bell and how he was donating $100 for every strikeout in a recent start, which meant a total of $700 when all is said and done. Well, after surveying the area a bit, Bell wrote a check for $2500 before being moved back up to Rancho Cucamonga. It’s reported in that city that Angels GM Tony Reagins promised the Angels will make a donation to the city as well.  Stephen Smith, over at, passed along some information on his blog. The Cedar Rapids Kernels now have a local relief fund up and running. Send dontations to:

Kernels Foundation Flood Relief
PO Box 2001
Cedar Rapids, IA  52404

I also just got a release from Minor League Baseball announcing the formation of MiLB Charities and that $50,000 will be donated to Iowa flood victims as the charitable arm’s first act.

More to come from Princeton as action unfolds…

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