In his 10 seasons with the Mariners, Felix Hernandez has become one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball. He is a five-time All-Star and was named the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner. In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Hernandez has also played a large role off the field and continues to have a positive impact on the lives of youth and families in our communities.
Since arriving in Seattle, Hernandez has reached out to numerous kids with life-threatening medical conditions in an effort to help bring hope and joy to each child. He has visited hundreds of children at local hospitals and has granted wishes and entertained kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Alaska and Washington. Hernandez also assists the Make-A-Wish fundraising events and has donated countless autographed items over the years.
For the fifth consecutive season, Felix is participating in the Mariners unique anti-domestic violence program known as Refuse To Abuse®. Through an 18-year partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV), the Mariners annually sponsor a public service campaign that features players and emphasizes the message of "choose respect" and prevent violence in intimate relationships. Hernandez is featured in television, radio and print public service announcements, along with teammate Michael Saunders and manager Lloyd McClendon.
This year, Hernandez partnered with Grammy Award-winning Seattle recording artist Macklemore on the #Change the Game anti-bullying campaign that asks students to "be kind, stay positive, and support each other," and to sign an anti-bullying pledge. The campaign also featured an education component for Seattle-area middle schools with posters and activity guides for teachers, as well as online resources to provide students, teachers and parents tools to help address the issue of bullying in schools.
Hernandez is an advocate for the Humane Society of Seattle/King County, a non-profit animal welfare organization. He participated in a public service campaign and has supported fundraising events that assist the variety of Humane Society programs including adoptions, veterinary services, dog training classes, a pet food bank, and humane education for children of all ages.
Over his career, Hernandez has supported numerous other local charities and non-profit organizations in the Pacific Northwest, including: Esperanza, South Park Community Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Special Olympics of Washington, Boys & Girls Clubs, The Martinez Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The Mariners have produced three Clemente Award winners: Harold Reynolds in 1991, Jamie Moyer in 2003 and Edgar Martinez in 2004.
Beginning tomorrow, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recipient by visiting ChevyBaseball.com to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on Sunday, October 6th and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2014 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.
The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel which includes Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig; MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred; MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of Roberto Clemente, Vera Clemente; and representatives from Chevrolet, MLB Network, MLB.com, ESPN, FOX Sports and TBS, among others.