MLB announces nominees for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet

MLB Players Will Be Recognized for Community & Philanthropic Efforts To Help Celebrate the 14th Annual Roberto Clemente Day on September 16th

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of MLB, today announced the names of the thirty Club nominees for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. The annual, prestigious 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.

      Each Club nominates one player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. Wednesday, September 16th marks the fourteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.   

The 30 Club nominees of the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet feature thirteen 2015 MLB All-Stars (*=MLB All-Star):

Arizona Diamondbacks - Paul Goldschmidt*

Atlanta Braves - Jason Grilli

Baltimore Orioles - Brian Matusz

Boston Red Sox - Brock Holt*

Chicago Cubs - Anthony Rizzo*                                                                                                                  

Chicago White Sox - David Robertson

Cincinnati Reds - J.J. Hoover

Cleveland Indians - Carlos Carrasco

Colorado Rockies - Kyle Kendrick

Detroit Tigers - Miguel Cabrera*

Houston Astros - George Springer

Kansas City Royals - Alex Gordon*

Los Angeles Angels - Hector Santiago*

Los Angeles Dodgers - Adrian Gonzalez*

Miami Marlins - Dee Gordon*

Milwaukee Brewers - Jonathan Lucroy

Minnesota Twins - Torii Hunter                                                                                                                   

New York Mets - Curtis Granderson

New York Yankees - Mark Teixeira*

Oakland Athletics - Stephen Vogt*

Philadelphia Phillies - Ryan Howard

Pittsburgh Pirates - Andrew McCutchen*

St. Louis Cardinals - Adam Wainwright

San Diego Padres - Andrew Cashner

San Francisco Giants - Javier Lopez

Seattle Mariners - Charlie Furbush

Tampa Bay Rays - Chris Archer*

Texas Rangers - Adrian Beltre

Toronto Blue Jays - Jose Bautista*

Washington Nationals - Denard Span
    

     Clubs playing at home on September 16th will recognize their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while visiting Clubs will honor their nominees before another September home game. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks. MLB and the Pittsburgh Pirates will be activating a new element to the celebration of Clemente's legacy this year with "SEAT 21." On Roberto Clemente Day, a seat at PNC Park will be dedicated to a local community agent of change who will be recognized alongside the Pirates' Roberto Clemente Award nominee (Andrew McCutchen). 

Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media, to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on Friday, October 9th, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 World Series, where the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.

The concept of honoring players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the "Commissioner's Award," but was renamed to the "Roberto Clemente Award" in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Each September since 2002, Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.

The distinguished list of past Roberto Clemente Award winners includes 16 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971

Willie Mays+**

1983

Cecil Cooper 

1995

Ozzie Smith+

2007

Craig Biggio+

1972

Brooks Robinson+**

1984

Ron Guidry

1996

Kirby Puckett+

2008

Albert Pujols

1973

Al Kaline+

1985

Don Baylor

1997

Eric Davis

2009

Derek Jeter

1974

Willie Stargell+

1986

Garry Maddox

1998

Sammy Sosa

2010

Tim Wakefield

1975

Lou Brock+

1987

Rick Sutcliffe

1999

Tony Gwynn+

2011

David Ortiz

1976

Pete Rose

1988

Dale Murphy

2000

Al Leiter

2012

Clayton Kershaw

1977

Rod Carew+

1989

Gary Carter+

2001

Curt Schilling

2013

Carlos Beltran

1978

Greg Luzinski

1990

Dave Stewart

2002

Jim Thome

2014

Paul Konerko *

1979

Andre Thornton

1991

Harold Reynolds

2003

Jamie Moyer

2014

Jimmy Rollins *

1980

Phil Niekro+

1992

Cal Ripken, Jr.+

2004

Edgar Martinez

 

 

1981

Steve Garvey

1993

Barry Larkin+

2005

John Smoltz+

 

 

1982

Ken Singleton

1994

Dave Winfield+

2006

Carlos Delgado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




+ Member of The National Baseball Hall of Fame

* Co-winner

** Originally known as the Commissioner's Award (prior to 1973)