Over the off-season, Evan Chambers, an outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, passed away at his home in Florida. Chambers had played as high as Double-A ball, spending time with the Bradenton Marauders and the Altoona Curve. Both organizations will be paying tribute to Chambers in the next few weeks.
Altoona will be holding their tribute this Sunday night. The team will be wearing jerseys in the likeness of the 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates, with “EC” patches on the left sleeve. The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game, and all proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Evan’s memory.
The Bradenton Marauders will also hold a night in Chambers’ honor on Thursday, July 10th.
Evan was a good guy, who always had a smile on his face when I saw him, even when he was recovering from a broken foot during the 2013 season and wasn’t able to play baseball. Teams always have jersey auctions, and they’re always popular events. The fact that this will be going to a good cause in Evan’s name makes the auctions even better.