Craig Breslow to be honored during 13th annual Roberto Clemente Day

Red Sox left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow will be honored during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park on Friday, September 26, marking the 13th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which pays tribute to the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer's legacy. Clemente died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. 

Yesterday, Breslow was named by Major League Baseball as a 2014 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. He is one of 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Breslow is a three-time Roberto Clemente Award nominee.

The Red Sox reliever is a long-time advocate for childhood cancer; a personal cause for the pitcher whose sister, now a sixteen-year cancer survivor, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 14. He established The Strike 3 Foundation in 2008, an organization dedicated to raising awareness, support, and funds, to help combat the disease in children.

Breslow oversees the day-to-day operations of the all-volunteer organization, comprising volunteer lawyers, doctors, corporate executives, and other professionals who donate their time, services, and expertise. The charitable agency has raised over $2 million for childhood cancer and distributed $1 million for the cause.  

In 2013, Breslow was named the BoSox Club's "Man of the Year," an award given by the Red Sox' official booster club recognizing a player for their efforts on the field and in the community. He was also the 2013 winner of the Boston BBWAA Tim Wakefield Community Service Award and the Unsung Hero Award for his efforts on the field during the 2013 season. 

The 9-year MLB veteran is consistently among the Red Sox' most active players in the community. In addition to hosting fundraising events, the Connecticut native supports the Red Sox Foundation's Red Sox Scholar program and their back-to-school shopping event for students, is an active participant in hospital visits to the Jimmy Fund and Walter Reed Medical Center, and also serves as the spokesman for the Massachusetts Teachers Association Reading Matters summer reading program. 

The 34-year-old lefty is often considered one of the smartest men in baseball. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

Beginning today, Roberto Clemente Day, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award recipients presented by Chevrolet by visiting 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 2013 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.