Hoover Named Reds' Nominee For Clemente Award

Voting Begins September 16 At ChevyBaseball.com

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of MLB, today announced that J.J. Hoover was named the Cincinnati Reds' 2015 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

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 recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Hoover is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which 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. 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.

Since 2012, Hoover has made an impact both on the field and in the Cincinnati community. He has been involved with the Reds Community Fund year-round, visiting with children from the Reds Rookie Success League program and participating in the annual Baseball Fantasy Camp for Kids clinic and Redsfest in December. He has also participated in charitable activities for a number of local and national nonprofit organizations such as Bowling for Rhinos at the Cincinnati Zoo, a pickup softball game on the National Mall with the Wounded Warriors Foundation and weekly Make-A-Wish visits with children suffering from severe illnesses.

J.J. has committed to giving back to the community and is looking to expand on his family's connection to become more involved with the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation. Hoover is aware of the importance of giving back to Reds Country, the same community that has given so much to him.

The Reds will host a pregame ceremony when the team returns to town on Thursday, September 24 recognizing J.J. as the club's nominee. A $7,500 donation from Chevrolet will be made to the Children's Home of Northern Kentucky in J.J.'s honor.

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.

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. 

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.


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Contact: Michael E. Anderson, Reds Public Relations, manderson@reds.com