FORT WAYNE, Ind. - In an effort to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the Fort Wayne TinCaps are auctioning off special game-worn jerseys and other memorabilia. All proceeds from the online auction at TinCapsJersey.com (running now through Friday night) will be donated to Minor League Baseball Charities, which is collecting funds on behalf of Minor League Baseball's 160 teams to provide relief to the MiLB communities in need.
MiLB Charities will match the TinCaps' donations up to $10,000. Additionally, the Midwest League will match up to $5,000 raised by the TinCaps.
The TinCaps will be wearing "fauxback" jerseys on Friday-the same ones they previously wore on '70s Night (July 7). The auction will remain live through the sixth inning of Friday's game against the Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers) at Parkview Field.
Auction winners who are at Parkview Field will receive their jerseys directly from players and coaches on the field after the game. Those who aren't in attendance Friday can make other arrangements to get their jersey.
"This is just a small gesture on our part to help our brothers and sisters in Texas," said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. "So many of our players and staff members over the years are from Texas, or have family and friends there, so it hurts even more to see what's happening. We know they're resilient, though, and we're here to help however we can."
The TinCaps have had several other jersey auctions this season supporting non-profit organizations. Friday was not originally scheduled to be one, but the team saw this as an opportunity to take action.
Fort Wayne's roster features some of the top prospects in all of baseball, like pitchers Adrian Morejon and Michel Baez . Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. donned this jersey (No. 23) in July, too, before the San Diego Padres promoted him to Double-A San Antonio.
The TinCaps are wrapping up the regular season with their final home series of the season against Great Lakes (Wednesday-Friday, 7:05 p.m.). The team then finishes the regular season on the road at West Michigan (Saturday-Monday). Fort Wayne is on the verge of clinching a Midwest League Playoff spot.
For more information, fans can visit TinCaps.com or call 260-482-6400.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.