MLB to raise money for field in memory of Shannon Forde

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) Major League Baseball and its affiliates will auction memorabilia and experiences during the winter meetings to help fund Shannon Forde Field in Little Falls, New Jersey, in memory of the late New York Mets public relations executive.

MLB Advanced Media, the MLB Network and all 30 teams will participate in the auction, the commissioner's office said Sunday.

The auction will run through 9 p.m. EST Thursday. Among the items are a pitching lesson with San Francisco's Johnny Cueto, a trip to next year's All-Star Game in Miami and meet-and-greet sessions with AL MVP Mike Trout, former NL MVP Dale Murphy and Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.

Renovations to the field will include dugouts with protective fencing and benches, perimeter fencing, bleachers, a backstop, a scoreboard and field signs.

Forde died in March at age 44 from breast cancer.

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