I mentioned this in passing earlier today, but it’s an off day and all the action concerns teams that aren’t the Yankees, so here are the full details from the MLBPA and the Yankees about Mariano Rivera being named a finalist for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award and Dave Robertson being named a nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. It’s interesting that Chipper Jones was honored with the Marvin Miller last year in his final season, and now the Players’ Association could do the same for Rivera.
Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on www.MLBPLAYERS.com between September 10 and 15 to determine which six players, one from each division, inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities. From this list of 30 players, Mariano Rivera (NY Yankees) was tabbed to represent the AL East, Nick Swisher (Cleveland Indians) the AL Central, Raul Ibanez (Seattle Mariners) the AL West, Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies) the NL East, Carlos Beltran (St. Louis Cardinals) the NL Central and Adrian Gonzalez (LA Dodgers) the NL West.
These six players will have their names placed on the 2013 Players Choice Awards ballot to determine this season’s Marvin Miller Man of the Year award winner. The 2013 Players Choice Awards marks the 22nd anniversary of the awards, which began in 1992 with AL & NL Outstanding Players (Dennis Eckersley and Barry Bonds, respectively).
The 2013 Players Choice Awards also honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player in each league, as well as the overall Player of the Year. 2012 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. The Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $3 million to charities around the world.
2013 Players Choice Awards ballots will be distributed to all Major League players on Tuesday, September 17, when the accounting firm of KPMG conducts the league-wide, players-only voting.
Chipper Jones was the recipient of the 2012 Man of the Year Award. Past winners of the award, named for the legendary baseball union leader, also include Curtis Granderson, Torii Hunter, Albert Pujols, Mike Sweeney, Jim Thome, John Smoltz, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Eric Davis and Paul Molitor.
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that David Robertson was named the New York Yankees 2013 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Tomorrow marks the 12th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. David Robertson is one of the 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.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
David, along with his wife, Erin, founded High Socks for Hope (a 501c3 nonprofit corporation) after tornadoes devastated his hometown of Tuscaloosa in 2011. High Socks for Hope’s mission is to lend support to charities and organizations helping those affected by tragedies and to provide humanitarian services for individuals in need.
In addition to helping residents of Tuscaloosa, High Socks for Hope has provided aid to those affected by the May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, as well as individuals in New York who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. To help raise money for those in Tuscaloosa, Robertson donated $100 for every strikeout he recorded throughout the 2011-2012 seasons, racking up 181 strikeouts over the stretch. Robertson has continued his pledge in the 2013 season for the residents of Moore.
In June of this year, the Robertsons teamed up with volunteers from NBTY Helping Hands to help welcome home families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. The Robertsons delivered and unloaded new furniture for four families in Far Rockaway, New York, and made an additional donation to help furnish homes for six other families in the Far Rockaway area.
The Yankees are scheduled to recognize Robertson’s nomination for this year’s Clemente Award with an on-field ceremony scheduled to take place on Friday, September 20, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game vs. the San Francisco Giants.
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