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Rally for Recovery

Beginning this week, an eBay auction will be running, with the proceeds going to the “Rally for Recovery“, a charity to benefit former MLBer Ricky Stone, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor this past August.

Stone — a friend of Nelson Figueroa — pitched out of the bullpen for the Astros, Padres, and Reds from 2001-2005, retired for a year, then started a comeback in 2007. He got into 5 games with the Reds in ’07, was to pitch in Taiwan in ’08, but tore his hamstring after two months in the country, ending his season. Upon returning to the US, he was planning to give pitching lessons, but was struck with a seizure and diagnosed with a brain tumor. Most of the tumor was removed, but it was identified as anaplastic oligodendroglioma — which is both rare and malignant. As a result, Stone will require chemotheraphy.

Further, Stone has a wife and two young children — and no insurance. The seizure occurred just before his wife Tracey was to begin a teaching job that would have provided health insurance. You can read the full story of the Stones here.

The eBay auction consists mainly of memorabilia — items such as game-worn jerseys, signed baseballs, etc. All of the items have been authenticated by Herman Darvick, who is an authenticity expert, a close friend of the Nelson Figueroa family, and an occasional commenter on MetsToday. Some of you may remember “HDarvick” educating us on Figgy’s international success after I made a snarky joke in regard to Nelson’s invitation to spring training. In the end, it was Darvick who got the last laugh, and me eating humble pie.

Anyway, the auction is slated to begin tonight (Sunday, 11/23). Items will be listed in random order for two hours beginning at 9:00 pm EST tonight, with the last item being posted at 11:00 pm EST. The auction will end in 7 days on Sunday night, November 30th, 9:00 to 11:00 pm EST. Beginning at 9:00 pm, go here to bid.

You don’t have to bid on anything to help the Stones — click here for information on making a straight donation.

This week is about giving thanks, right? Well one way to give thanks is to actually give. So give the auction a gander and consider helping out a family in need.


Minor League Free Agent List

Baseball America has listed the 561 minor leaguers who filed for free agency on November 6th.

This list will take a while to sift through, but on first glance, I’m intrigued by:

Flamethrower Jose Capellan;
Free-swinging, AAAA outfielder John-Ford Griffin, though he bats left and has no use for the Mets;
Onetime Met Jason Anderson, who throws about a thousand miles an hour;
Former top pitching prospect John Van Benschoten, who shares my birthday and Thurman Munson’s alma mater;
Former Yankee prospect Sean Henn, a big lefty who may blossom late;
Victor Santos, a kid I recruited out of high school and coached;
Kiko Calero, who appeared healthy in 2008 and would be paint for the bullpen wall;
Joel Guzman, once the crown jewel of the Dodgers’ organization;
Victor Diaz, the former Met who hit 25 homers and drove in 107 runs in AAA last season.

These are the Mets’ minor leaguers who filed:

RHP: Josmar Carreno (VSL), Nate Field (AAA), Nelson Figueroa (AAA), Joe Hietpas (AA), Casey Hoorelbeke (AA), Tim Lavigne (AA), Ruddy Lugo (AAA), Ivan Maldonado (AAA), Tim McNab (AAA), Brian Rogers (AA), Jose Sanchez (AA), Jose Santiago (AAA), Sendy Vasquez (Hi A)
LHP: Eude Brito (AAA), Willie Collazo (AAA)
C: Salomon Manriquez (AA), Gustavo Molina (AAA), Salvador Paniagua (AA)
2B: Andy Green (AAA), Peeter Ramos (AA)
3B: Abraham Nunez (AAA)
SS: Anderson Machado (AAA)
OF: Brian Burgamy (Hi A), Ambiorix Concepcion (AA), Casey Craig (Lo A), Victor Mendez (Hi A), Val Pascucci (AAA), John Rodriguez (AAA)