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Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced. But why do we get a vote?

Sep 7, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

Unlike the MVPs and other post season awards, no one ever talks smack about the Roberto Clemente award winner as being undeserving. That’s because it goes to the Major Leaguer who “best
exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement
and the individual’s contribution to his team,” and even the worst snark can’t cut through something that positive.

Anyway, the nominees were announced about an hour ago. Each team gets one nominee. The weird part: you can vote on it.  I’m not sure how the vast majority of us can ascertain the community involvement of most if any of these guys — quick! Was Geoff Blum or Craig Breslow a bigger asset to his community this year? — but voting makes everything better. The All-Star Game told me so.

OK, I guess you can mock the Clemente Award a little bit. Or at least the process of selecting it.

  1. Jonny5 - Sep 7, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    It would take research, and with my attention span… Cool, look, a double rainbow…

  2. Old Gator - Sep 7, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    Isn’t that the award that fell and brained somebody in Toronto the other day?

  3. The Common Man - Sep 7, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    I don’t know why you’re having trouble Craig. I have a detailed spreadsheet that lays out the charitable contributions of each nominee in terms of time and dollars spent. Also, we can compare that contribution to the outcomes their charitable activities can boast, including TAARK (Trouble Avoided Above Replacement Kid) and xIAKRD (Improved Attitude of Kid relative to Disease).
    The weird thing is, by my math, we should give the award to Milton Bradley. Well, numbers to don’t lie. I’m off to my mom’s basement now.

  4. SDelMonte - Sep 7, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    What would make anyone qualified to vote on this? The BBWAA knows more? Given how much time some writers devote to finding flaws in every living athlete, I don’t feel like they would do a better job.

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