Cishek deeply honored by Clemente Award nomination

Cishek deeply honored by Clemente Award nomination

NEW YORK -- Steve Cishek doesn't seek much individual attention, but the Marlins closer fully embraces the honor of being named Miami's 2014 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.

Major League Baseball announced each team's nominee on Tuesday, to the surprise of the unassuming 28-year-old right-hander.

"It's an awesome award," Cishek said. "It's something I'm really thankful for; to have your name tied in with Roberto Clemente is a humongous honor. It's probably the greatest award I've ever received. The way he demonstrated himself on and off the field, it is something every player wants."

The Marlins will recognize Cishek's nomination pregame at Marlins Park on Sunday before they face the Nationals.

Cishek is one of the 30 club finalists for the annual honor, which recognizes an MLB player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

The past three seasons, Cishek has served as the spokesperson for the Bunkers in Baghdad program, which provides golf supplies to the troops.

"It piqued my interest because I like golf, but I talked to one of my friends who is on a naval ship," Cishek said. "I told him about the organization, and he was just ecstatic about it. It surprised me.

"He said, 'Anytime we can get something sent from back home, it means the world to us, because we've been on the ocean for three to six months.'"

Bunkers in Baghdad is a not-for-profit charity that collects and sends new and used golf balls, clubs and equipment to United States troops in 30 countries around the world.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.