The 2016 MLB Player Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Nominees are:
Arizona Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler
Baltimore Orioles: Darren O'Day
Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
Chicago White Sox: David Robertson
Cleveland Indians: Corey Kluber
Houston Astros: Scott Feldman
Kansas City Royals: Wade Davis
Los Angeles Dodgers: Ron Fairly
Miami Marlins: Mike Dunn and Jeff Conine
Milwaukee Brewers: Jimmy Nelson
Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
Oakland Athletics: Sean Doolittle
San Francisco Giants: Jake Peavy
Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Moore
Texas Rangers: Bobby Jones
While many know Bob Feller as one of the greatest pitchers to ever grace the baseball diamond, few remember that he also served our country when he made the selfless decision to enlist just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The Foundation uses Bob Feller's story to educate the youth of today on the lessons of citizenship, service, and sacrifice.
Since 2015, the Foundation also honors a Staff Noncommissioned Officer of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with the Jerry Coleman Award. In addition, two Navy Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Awards are presented, one for an Afloat Command and one for a Shore Command.
"The legacies of Bob Feller, Jerry Coleman and the greatest generation are embodied throughout these players and their respective clubs, honoring those who served. And for this we are forever grateful," said Peter Fertig, CEO, of the Foundation.
Previous award winners include Justin Verlander, Nick Swisher, Jonathan Lucroy, Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorda, George Brett, U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Garth Sinclair, Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson, Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), and HOPPER Information Services Center. Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C on Thursday, November 17th at the United States Navy Memorial.
Peter Fertig created The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, with the support of the US Navy, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial, The Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller. The Jerry Coleman Award was added last year at the request of the Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Ray Mabus, in support of the United States Marine Corps, the San Diego Padres and the Coleman Family.