SOURCE: With files from a Major League Baseball Press Release
OTTAWA-Canadian Ryan Dempster (Gibsons, BC) of the Chicago Cubs and Ricky Romero of the Toronto Blue Jays have been nominated for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.
The annual award recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
Beginning on September 14th and ending on October 9th, fans can vote for one of 30 club nominees by visiting: www.chevybaseball.com/clemente.
The winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel, which includes Commissioner Selig; Vera Clemente, MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of the late Hall of Famer; Baseball Hall of Famer, TBS analyst and former Roberto Clemente Award winner Cal Ripken Jr.; MLB Network analyst, TBS broadcaster and former Roberto Clemente Award winner John Smoltz; MLB Network analysts and former Roberto Clemente Award winners Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds; ESPN analyst and former Roberto Clemente Award winner Barry Larkin; ESPN analyst and former MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra; and MLB.com senior correspondent Hal Bodley.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. It is named for the 12-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I thank this year’s nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award for their exceptional dedication to giving back to their communities,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “Roberto Clemente was a legendary baseball player, but what he accomplished off the field made him a true hero in his extraordinary life. Major League Baseball is proud that our players continue to follow in his footsteps, and we are honored to preserve his legacy of making a difference in our world through the game’s most prestigious off-field award.”