Baseball Canada releases National Teams Fundraiser Auction list

 Baseball Canada has unveiled its list of auction items that will be available at its annual National Teams Awards Banquet on January 13. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

Baseball Canada has unveiled its list of auction items that will be available at its annual National Teams Awards Banquet on January 13. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA - Some exclusive fantasy sports packages and memorabilia are among the auction items that will be available on January 13 at the 16th annual Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser in Toronto.

Fantasy sports packages offered by former big leaguer Ryan Dempster (Chicago Cubs/Wrigley Field), Super Bowl champion Luke Willson (Seattle Seahawks/CenturyLink Field), All-Star catcher Russell Martin (Toronto Blue Jays/Rogers Centre) and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar (Toronto Blue Jays/Rogers Centre) highlight the auction list that serves as an important fundraiser for the National Teams program.

The ever-popular Ryan Dempster Fantasy Baseball Package is back that will see two lucky groups of four attend a three-game series at Wrigley Field in Chicago where they will receive scoreboard and broadcast both tours with Ryan, while also taking in batting practice on the field! Ryan will also join the group for a dinner that is sure to be a treat with one of the finest personalities in baseball.

Super Bowl Champion and Junior National Team alum Luke Willson of the Seattle Seahawks is offering a unique experience for a group of four to attend a 2018 regular season game, while an opportunity to meet Blue Jays All-Star catcher Russell Martin and watch a game in his Rogers Centre suite is also up for grabs.

Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar is again offering a fantastic experience for a group of four to attend a Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre in Toronto, while also spending time with one of the greatest Blue Jays ever.

Some terrific autographed memorabilia from the likes of Alomar, Martin and Willson along with current and former stars Larry Walker, Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Freddie Freeman, Marcus Stroman, Justin Verlander, Jim Thome, David Ortiz and Josh Donaldson can also be found on the auction list.

A package to attend the MLB All-Star Week in Washington, DC (Futures Game, Home Run Derby, All-Star Game) is also up for bids along with Toronto Blue Jays ticket packages, NCAA football tickets and MLB autographed jerseys, bats and baseballs.

If you wish to place a bid on any of the items (to view complete list click link at bottom), please send an e-mail with your name, item number, bid amount and phone number with subject line “Gala Auction” to media@baseball.ca. The deadline for submitting bids via e-mail ends at 11:59pm EST on Friday January 12th, but will continue on site at the Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel until the conclusion of the intermission prior to the awards presentation.

Winning bids for people attending the banquet can pay by cash, debit or credit card on January 13. Winners not attending will be notified via email following the banquet.

Baseball Canada National Teams Awards Banquet and Fundraiser – Auction List

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.