Major League Baseball announced all 30 nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award Thursday afternoon.
The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
The Nationals nominee this season is Anthony Rendon, known for his work with the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. Rendon serves as the Nationals player ambassador to the Academy and is also a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Rendon donated $150,000 in 2018 to the organization.
Because the Nationals will be on the road on Sept. 18, when home teams recognize their players who are nominated for the award, Rendon will be recognized and celebrated as part of Hispanic Heritage Day on Sept. 26 at Nationals Park.
Originally named the “Commissioner’s Award,” the concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971. It was later renamed the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 to honor 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.
A blue-ribbon panel will vote on their player of choice, and a fan vote is open until the end of the season.
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