BRADENTON -- The Bradenton Marauders will remember one of their own Thursday night at McKechnie Field.
Former outfielder Evan Chambers, who passed away in December, will be honored on Evan Chambers Night prior to the Marauders' game with the St. Lucie Mets. The first 500 fans will receive a T-shirt with Chambers' No 53 on the back. The Marauders' players and coaches will wear No. 53 during a pregame ceremony as well as an EC patch on their caps during the game.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Chambers was a frequent volunteer at Dream Oaks Camp in Bradenton, which is for children with special needs and chronic or terminal illnesses and funded and operated by the Foundation for Dreams. For every copy of The Marauders Magazine, the team's gameday program, that is sold the Marauders will donate a dollar to the Foundation for Dreams for the rest of the season.
A silent auction will take place that night to benefit the charity, and half of the proceeds from Thursday's Launch-A-Ball will be donated to Foundation for Dreams. Children from Dream Oaks Camp will take the field with the Marauders prior to the game's first pitch.
Chambers was 24 when he passed away Dec. 1. A Lakeland native, he appeared in 186 games for the Marauders in 2011 and '12 and stole 20 bases and cracked 24 doubles in '11 to help the Marauders win the Florida State League's South Division second-half title.
Chambers was a 19th-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2007 but didn't sign. The Pittsburgh Pirates took him in the third round two years later, and Chambers played in 395 games in five seasons. He reached Double-A Altoona in 2012 but injuries limited him to four games in 2013.