OAKLAND, Calif. – Major League Baseball today announced that Liam Hendriks was named the Oakland Athletics 2017 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB.
The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB Club who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. Wednesday, Sept. 6th marks the sixteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.
Liam is one of the 30 Club nominees for the annual award. He and his wife, Kristi, are working with Big League Impact and Striking Out Poverty with the mission of ending poverty in the Dominican Republic. The sales of a t-shirt Liam helped design and an online campaign, which currently results in a donation of more than $500 from supporters each time Liam records a strikeout, are driving the effort. Liam also pledges $100 per strikeout and $200 per walk.
Liam is involved in several other charitable initiatives, including:
- The A’s Youth Sports Nation “Play Ball” Tour which combines music, sports, and community to celebrate the game of baseball in Oakland schools.
- Habitat for Humanity where he helped build a playhouse at the Coliseum.
- A’s Root Beer Float Day, raising funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
- The A’s Bowling Bash, which raises more than $100,000 annually for the A’s Community Fund.
- Thanksgiving in June which serves Thanksgiving-inspired meals to those in need at the St. Vincent de Paul dining room in Oakland.
- Players for Pits, a rescue committed to saving pit bulls and pit bull mix-breed dogs, as well as Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Paw Town Recue, Remember Me Thursday, the Petco Foundation, Athletes for Animals, and Mission K-9 Rescue.
The Roberto Clemente Award winner will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game, including Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB Advanced Media, as well as Vera Clemente, the late Roberto’s wife. Beginning the day after the Regular Season ends, fans can vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award via a dedicated website. The site will feature bios of each of the nominees and will allow fans to easily vote by clicking on the respective nominee’s name. The winner of the fan voting, which will run from Monday, October 2nd through Friday, October 6th, will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel. Additional information about fan voting will be shared via MLB.com and MLB social media channels.
The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award.” The recognition was renamed to the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day each September since 2002.
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