Wilson named Angels' Clemente Award nominee

Honor recognizes community efforts; left-hander also nominated in 2012

Wilson named Angels' Clemente Award nominee

ANAHEIM -- Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson was named the club's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, annually given to the player "who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team."

Wilson, who founded C.J. Wilson's Children's Charities (CJWCC), was also nominated for the award in 2012.

"C.J.'s impact in the community goes far beyond the game of baseball," Angels chairman Dennis Kuhl said in a statement. "We are proud of how he continues to represent the Angels on and off the field and are proud to nominate him for this award to honor his contributions throughout the Southern California community."

CJWCC helps raise funds, awareness and youth participation in community service to combat hemophilia. Wilson hosts annual fundraisers, like bowling and video game tournaments, and has donated more than $500,000 to the cause while also visiting children at hemophilia treatment centers.

This season, Wilson visited the Children's Hospital of Orange County and the winners of the Angels Wives Gold Ball Mystery Grab Bag event, which benefits the Special Olympics and Orange County Animal Care.

Wilson will be honored in a pregame ceremony Wednesday.

Starting on Wednesday, fans can participate online to vote for one of the 30 club nominees. Last season, fans cast 1.3 million votes, and this year's participants will be entered for a chance to win a trip to the 2014 World Series. Voting ends on Oct. 6.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran won the award in 2013.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.