Roberto Alomar goes to bat for charity

Former Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)

Former Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

TORONTO - This is about how one bat and some big hearts combined to help others.

Robbie Alomar donated a signed autographed bat to be auctioned off at the Haven on the Queensway's golf tournament this summer.

The Haven is a outreach centre, converted from an adult entertainment club, that provides a food bank plus support for Etobicoke and the GTA.

A nice gesture by the Toronto Blue Jays only Hall of Famer.

The Haven's Susan Carbone said the winning bid was $2,500.The story does not end there.

The Mississauga woman with the winning bid re-donated the bat for auction and asked to remain anonymous. It re-sold for $1,500, so the Haven raised $4,000 from one Alomar bat.

Carbone supplied the woman's phone number but the woman with the winning bid was not giving her name.

"The only name you will hear from me is Jesus," said the woman via phone. "I'm not a baseball fan. I'ma fan of people, I'm the biggest fan of Jesus.

"I have a strong compassion for people that are homeless and I don't think they get the attention they deserve ... There but for the grace of God, go I."

The Haven, located across from what used to be Queensway Cathedral, where Tony Fernandez attended church, caters to over 350 clients each month, distributing approximately 96,000 pounds of food.

"I have volunteered over the years," said the woman. "I feel very fortunate that I could contribute. The compliment should not go to me but to the people at Haven."

Carbone explained the circumstances how the Haven wound up with the Alomar's bat for its first-ever golf tournament.

"Robbie was getting his hair cut, a woman was talking in Spanish about working at the golf tournament," Carbone said. "Robbie donated the bat. The woman didn't even know who Robbie was until she went home, looked him up on google and discovered what a famous man he is."

U-18 CANUCKS COLLECT SILVER

From coast to coast, amateur baseball fans went to bed early Friday night.

They wanted to make sure they were up early to stare at their computers as Canada faced Team USA in the gold medal game of the 25th IBAF under-18 world championships in Korea.

Team USA scored three runs in the third to break a 1-1 tie on the way to a 6-2 win over Canada. Canada won the silver medal, its best showing since winning gold in 1991 in Brandon, Man.

Lefty Ian Clarkin, ranked 23rd in North America by Perfect Game for 2013 draft, allowed two runs in six innings for Team USA. Port Hope's Cal Quantrill, making his third start worked 2 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs and was charged with the loss.

Canada was outhit 10-4, managing singles by Jacob Robson, Nathan DeSouza, Jesse Hodges and Brett Siddall.

The guys in red and white played nine games and won six, with one of their losses coming after clinching their gold medal spot.

Who made the greatest impression? Third baseman Hodges of Victoria, B.C., hit .484 with four doubles a homer and five RBIs. Chicago Cubs scout Steve Wilson signed Hodges to a free-agent contract. Whitby's Ryan Kellogg pitched 8 2/3 scoreless as Canada blanked Team USA 1-0 in round-robin play and Brock Dykxhoorn pitched 12 1/3 innings, allowing one run.

Oakville second baseman Kyle Hann, who hit .270 with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs, earned all-tournament honours along with Hodges.

North York outfielder Gaereth Morgan, the top pick for 2014, struggled, hitting .057 (2-for-35) with two RBIs and 18 strikeouts.

The top picks for next June are Quantrill, Mississauga infielder Malik Collymore and Toronto's Daniel Procopio of the Windsor Selects, according to the Canadian Baseball Network.

20 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK ...

Day-by-day on the way to the 1992 World Series

Sept. 2: Jimmy Key allowed three runs in eight innings, one too many in a 3-2 loss to the White Sox. Robbie Alomar, Candy Maldonado and Kelly Gruber each had two hits.

Sept. 4: David Cone allowed four runs in six innings, pitching the Jays to a 16-5 win over the twins. John Olerud knocked in four runs with two doubles, while Joe Carter hit a three-run homer and Maldonado a solo shot.

Sept. 5: Juan Guzman ran his record to 13-3, pitching five innings and turning the game over to Mike Timlin, Mark Eichhorn and Duane Ward, who allowed one run the rest of the way in a 7-3 win over the twins.

Sept. 6: Todd Stottlemyre won his third straight, allowing two runs in 7 1/3 innings. Ed Sprague hit a three-run homer in the eighth. Alomar and Olerud added two hits apiece.

Sept. 7: David Wells allowed a single to Curtis Wilkinson for a walk-off 5-4 Royals win in the 11th. Alomar, Carter and Dave Winfield knocked in runs in the eighth to force extras.

Sept. 8: Jimmy Key spun a five-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over the Royals. Carter knocked in three, including a two-run homer. Olerud knocked in a pair.

Sept. 9: 80-59 record. First place, 2 1/2 games up on Orioles

INJURY YEAR FROM HELL

Missed starts by Blue Jays pitchers ...

Kyle Drabek: 15

Drew Hutchison: 14

Brandon Morrow: 13

Total: 42

Starts given to: Aaron Laffey (12), Carlos Villanueva (12), Brett Cecil (9), J.A. Happ (6), Jesse Chavez (2), Joel Carreno (1)

OMAR'S ODYSSEY

Blue Jays infielder Omar Vizquel is climbing up MLBs career hit list. Heres a look at some of the all-time leaders.

1. Pete Rose: 4,256

2. Ty Cobb: 4,189

3. Hank Aaron: 3,771

39. Alex Rodriguez: 2,878

40. Mel Ott: 2,876

41. Babe Ruth: 2,873

42. Omar Vizquel: 2,870


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