The bidding has begun!

Major League Baseball (MLB) umpires are offering up close to 300 items including priceless, autographed sports memorabilia, rarely available specialty MLB logo caps and one-of-a-kind experiences during the 16th Annual UMPS CARE Charities Online Auction. The auction, hosted on, is now live and closes Wednesday, May 1 at 10 p.m. EDT.

The auction can be found at

Up for bid is are four tickets 2024 MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby in Arlington, Texas, an archives tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame – complete with a round of golf and dinner in Cooperstown, signed apparel and merchandise, MLB specialty caps, and even the opportunity to have lunch with an MLB Umpire!

Also up for bid are opportunities to be on the field for batting practice before an Arizona Diamondbacks game, premium tickets at Yankee Stadium, a VIP tour of the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame, and lots of signed baseballs and lineup cards!

For the second consecutive year, our auction has a special section featuring collectibles from officials from other sports—the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS and more! Proceeds from this section of the auction will support Sports Officials Care! Officials from other leagues saw what the Major League Umpires were doing to give back to the community and wanted in. Learn more at

“The online auction is one of our largest fundraisers of the year, and proceeds from this event support all of our programs,” UMPS CARE Charities president and retired MLB Umpire Gary Darling said. “MLB Umpires know that life is more than balls and strikes. It’s about community.”

Throughout the year, MLB Umpires invite kids and military families to enjoy VIP ballpark experiences, deliver Build-A-Bear® furry friends to kids undergoing treatment in hospitals, support kids who were adopted later in life with college scholarships and are training and inspiring the next generation of umpires through clinics and leadership courses.