Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that Sean Doolittle was named the Oakland A's 2013 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Tomorrow marks the 12th 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. Doolittle 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. The 15-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.
For the last two years, Doolittle has supported numerous local and national charities, including Freedom Alliance, an educational and charitable organization that supports and honors our military service members and their families. He has visited and supported veterans at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif., and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. He also has donated numerous signed items for Memorial Day and Fourth of July silent auctions, which led to a $5,000 donation to Freedom Alliance.
Along with other A's relievers, Doolittle created the A's Relief program, which honors local heroes in the community with a monthly donation to a charity of each recipient's choice. He has recorded public service announcements for GovX, the largest military and government exclusive ecommerce site which offers ticket discounts to military members and first responders.
"We're proud to take the lead in offering this terrific program to our fans in the military and first responder communities," Doolittle said about the GovX program. "These men and women sacrifice so much for our country and community, and it is the least we could do to express our gratitude. As a proud member of a military family, I know firsthand the dedication it takes."
"Sean exemplifies the community-minded spirit that Roberto Clemente himself personified," said Michael Crowley, Oakland A's president. "With his actions both on and off the field, Sean sets a positive example for his teammates, our fans, and the entire Oakland community."
Doolittle will be recognized in an on-field ceremony prior to the A's game on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at approximately 6:50 p.m.