Cuddyer's service earns Clemente Award nomination

Cuddyer's service earns Clemente Award nomination

DENVER -- Outfielder-first baseman Michael Cuddyer's involvement with charitable endeavors in the Denver area since joining the Rockies in 2011 has earned him the club's nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Since signing with the Rockies, Cuddyer has worked with charities such as the CAN'd Aid Foundation, a non-profit organization created to help small businesses, individuals and organizations in Lyons, Colo., recover from a major flood in 2013.

Cuddyer will be joined by representatives of Chevy and the CAN'd Aid Foundation on Wednesday afternoon during an on-field ceremony to be recognized for the efforts. Wednesday is designated as Roberto Clemente Day, and all teams at home that day will conduct on-field presentations.

"Michael is one of the most philanthropic players in baseball and is always thinking of ways to give back to the community," Jim Kellogg, the Rockies' vice president of community and retail operations said in the Rockies' official announcement. "He's a constant leader on and off the field leading by example and is more than deserving to be the Colorado Rockies recipient of this award."

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

Fans may be part of the selection process for the national Clemente award recipient by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, powered by MLB Advanced Media. Voting ends 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 will be announced.

The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel of dignitaries, which includes Baseball Commissioner 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.

Roberto Clemente was a 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.