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Baseball announces Roberto Clemente Award nominees

Sep 13, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

Clemente

The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”  Tim Wakefield won it last year.  The 2011 nominees — one per team — were just announced. They are as follows:

Arizona Diamondbacks – Joe Saunders
Atlanta Braves – Tim Hudson
Baltimore Orioles – Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox – David Ortiz
Chicago Cubs – Ryan Dempster
Chicago White Sox – Juan Pierre
Cincinnati Reds – Jay Bruce
Cleveland Indians – Justin Masterson
Colorado Rockies – Troy Tulowitzki
Detroit Tigers – Justin Verlander
Florida Marlins – Gaby Sanchez
Houston Astros – Jason Bourgeois
Kansas City Royals – Billy Butler
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Torii Hunter
Los Angeles Dodgers – Clayton Kershaw
Milwaukee Brewers – LaTroy Hawkins
Minnesota Twins – Michael Cuddyer
New York Mets – Mike Pelfrey
New York Yankees – CC Sabathia
Oakland Athletics – Josh Willingham
Philadelphia Phillies – Ryan Howard
Pittsburgh Pirates – Jeff Karstens
St. Louis Cardinals – Albert Pujols
San Diego Padres – Orlando Hudson
San Francisco Giants – Jeremy Affeldt
Seattle Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Tampa Bay Rays – James Shields
Texas Rangers – Michael Young
Toronto Blue Jays – Ricky Romero
Washington Nationals – Ian Desmond

While the award itself is cool, the part that confuses me about it all is that there is a fan voting aspect to all of this, with dedicated website for it and everything. I’m not sure how fans can properly gauge a player’s community involvement, and I’m not sure how overall popularity should have any bearing on this award. I suppose Major League Baseball just can’t help itself when it comes to throwing interactivity — and a chance for people to see the ads of a the award’s sponsors — into the mix.

  1. pjmitch - Sep 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    “I’m not sure how fans can properly gauge a player’s community involvement,”

    Oh, and you are convinced that fan’s can properly gauage a player’s allstar consideration???

  2. grapes911 - Sep 13, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    No Nyjer Morgan? This thing must be rigged.

  3. The Baseball Idiot - Sep 13, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    How is Albert on this list? He’s such a jerk.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 13, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      no, no, no…. Jackass, it’s jackass. Remember.

      • baccards - Sep 13, 2011 at 4:22 PM

        I believe it was Nijer listed as the “serial jackass” and Mr Pujols was the “big jerk” We in Cardinal country can only laugh at any who deem the latter label worth discussing.
        Not because of his talent at baseball but because of his history of family and community support..It’s just that Beck thing shows up to give me pause. I have to blame a momentary lapse of reason.

  4. mvpolamalu - Sep 14, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Big papi? he beat up a pitcher!

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