Help fight cancer and get a baseball autographed by Pirates prospects

UPDATE 9/27, 6:15 PM: The bidding is up to $193.55 at the time of this update, with a little less than 3 hours remaining. The auction ends tonight at 9:10 PM EST. See below for details on the auction, and to bid, go here.

UPDATE 9/27, 9:15 AM: The bidding is up to $154.53 at the time of this update, with a little less than 12 hours remaining. The auction ends tonight at 9:10 PM EST. See below for details on the auction, and to bid, go here.

UPDATE 9/26: The bidding is up to $102.50 at the time of this update, with a little less than two days remaining. The auction ends Sunday at 9:10 PM EST. See below for details on the auction, and to bid, go here.

UPDATE 9/25: The bidding is up to $61.02 at the time of this update, with a little less than three days remaining. Remember, the auction ends Sunday at 9:10 PM EST. See below for details on the auction, and to bid, go here.

”Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on Earth.”

-Roberto Clemente

When I started this site, it was designed to be a place for me to store all of my thoughts on the team, along with some reference material, such as player salaries, options, and other things I was tired of going to several different sites to look up. The site has become bigger than I originally intended, which isn’t a bad thing, as it has led me to new features on the site (video recaps, player interviews) that I wouldn’t have done previously.

In my time going back and forth from Lynchburg, I got to thinking about a few things:

1. I’ve got a site that sees a good amount of traffic on a consistent basis
2. I’ve got access to the Lynchburg Hillcats, a team loaded with prospects that will be a part of our future

In the spirit of the Roberto Clemente quote above, I decided to do something good with the site. At the end of the season I got every player on the Lynchburg Hillcats to autograph a baseball, with the intention of auctioning off the ball for charity. All proceeds for this auction will go to the American Cancer Society.

Cancer is an illness that has affected everyone at one point or another. We all know someone who has either passed due to cancer, suffered because of cancer, or had a family member with the illness. For myself, I lost my grandfather to cancer several years ago, and have known several other people who have been affected by the illness. Not only can we help the problem, but you can also win an autographed baseball by every member of the championship winning 2009 Lynchburg Hillcats.

The complete list of names on this ball:

P.J. Forbes – Manager
Dave Howard – Batting Coach
Wally Whitehurst – Pitching Coach

Players

Tony Sanchez
Kris Watts
Eric Fryer
Chase d’Arnaud
Jose de los Santos
Matt Hague
Josh Harrison
Jordy Mercer
Kent Sakamoto
Erik Huber
Jared Keel
Starling Marte
Alex Presley
Jamie Romak
Ciro Rosero
Nathan Adcock
Ramon Aguero
Harrison Bishop
Michael Colla
Chris Cullen
Noah Krol
Jeff Locke
Matt McSwain
Bryan Morris
Rudy Owens
Ronald Uviedo
Justin Wilson

Click here to go to the auction on eBay (Auction ends Sunday, September 27th @ 9:10 PM EST)

I would like to thank Hillcats’ assistant GM Ronnie Roberts for providing the baseball and for all of his help in getting the signatures. I’d also like to thank Chase d’Arnaud for all of his assistance with this, and a thank you to all of the Hillcats for their signatures for this cause.

Be sure to spread the word on this auction. The more people that know, the more we can earn for this great cause. Where else can you get a baseball autographed by Tony Sanchez, Rudy Owens, Chase d’Arnaud, and the rest of the 2009 Lynchburg Hillcats, all while making a difference? Here are some pictures of the ball:

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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