Kennedy named Padres' nominee for Clemente Award

Pitcher will be recognized during pregame ceremony Wednesday

Kennedy named Padres' nominee for Clemente Award

SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Ian Kennedy has been named the Padres' 2014 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet to the Major League play who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

Kennedy is one of 30 club finalists for the annual award. The organization will recognize Kennedy as part of a pregame ceremony on Wednesday -- which is Roberto Clemente Day -- before the Padres take on the Phillies at Petco Park.

Each Club nominates one player to be considered for Award to pay tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

Kennedy's experienced first-hand the challenges that military families face, as his brother-in-law serves in the United States Navy, and Kennedy has seen the impact that multiple deployments have made on his family.

"In San Diego, we are fortunate to be able to support our military service members, but we are given the unique opportunity to serve deployed service members' families whose sacrifice for our country is equally as great," Kennedy said in a statement.

"My wife and I believe 'to whom much is given, much is required.' Treating these families to an evening at the baseball game pales in comparison to the blessings we receive every day from their collaborative service to our country."

This season, Kennedy and his wife, Allison, thanked military families with an evening at the ballpark.

On July 2, the Padres hosted a Care Package Stuffing Party in partnership with Mercury Insurance. Nearly 100 volunteers assembled 1,000 backpacks which were sent to Marines and Sailors from a local military base deployed in Afghanistan. As the event concluded, Kennedy visited with the volunteers, thanking them for their time, signing autographs and taking pictures.

"Since joining the Padres, Ian has made a tremendous impact -- not only on the field, but also in the San Diego Community," said Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler in a statement. "A Southern California native with a strong family connection to the military, Ian understands the importance of the military community to this region. Like the Padres, he takes great pride in recognizing and thanking our service men and women and their families. He is an exceptional role model for younger players."

Beginning Wednesday, fans can participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award recipient by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media, to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on Oct. 6 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.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.