Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Todd Frazier named Reds nominee for Roberto Clemente Award
The latest press release from the Reds...
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that Todd Frazier was named the Cincinnati Reds 2012 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Today marks the eleventh 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. Frazier 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 Award is named for 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.
In 2011 Todd participated in the first annual Fantasy Camp for Kids clinic which included participants from the Miracle League of Greater Cincinnati. The clinic provided the children with personalized Reds jerseys and instruction from Reds players. This year Todd recorded a PSA in support of the Down Syndrome Association’s annual Buddy Walk. Todd was also honored with the “Save a Life Award” from the Heimlich Institute this summer after performing the Heimlich maneuver on a gentleman in a Pittsburgh restaurant. He also supports the efforts of the Reds Community Fund’s outreach programs by visiting with Reds Rookie Success League, Urban Youth Academy and Reds Baseball Camps participants.
“Todd generously shares his time with fans everywhere he goes, and has made community service a priority. We couldn’t be more proud to have Todd as part of our organization,” says Phil Castellini, Chief Operating Office of the Cincinnati Reds.
The distinguished list of past national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes 14 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:
1971 Willie Mays+ 1982 Ken Singleton 1993 Barry Larkin+ 2004 Edgar Martinez
1972 Brooks Robinson+ 1983 Cecil Cooper 1994 Dave Winfield+ 2005 John Smoltz
1973 Al Kaline+ 1984 Ron Guidry 1995 Ozzie Smith+ 2006 Carlos Delgado
1974 Willie Stargell+ 1985 Don Baylor 1996 Kirby Puckett+ 2007 Craig Biggio
1975 Lou Brock+ 1986 Garry Maddox 1997 Eric Davis 2008 Albert Pujols
1976 Pete Rose 1987 Rick Sutcliffe 1998 Sammy Sosa 2009 Derek Jeter
1977 Rod Carew+ 1988 Dale Murphy 1999 Tony Gwynn+ 2010 Tim Wakefield
1978 Greg Luzinski 1989 Gary Carter+ 2000 Al Leiter 2011 David Ortiz
1979 Andre Thornton 1990 Dave Stewart 2001 Curt Schilling
1980 Phil Niekro+ 1991 Harold Reynolds 2002 Jim Thome
1981 Steve Garvey 1992 Cal Ripken, Jr.+ 2003 Jamie Moyer
+ Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Beginning today, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting MLB.com/ClementeAward to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 14th, and the winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by a selection panel.
All Clubs playing at home today will recognize their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while each visiting Club will honor their nominees before another September home game. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and the official dugout lineup cards.
Fans Can Vote for the National Award Recipient on MLB.com/ClementeAward
And Register for a Chance to Win a Trip to the 2012 World Series
The last Red to win the prestigious award was Barry Larkin in 1993.
VOTE FOR THE TODDFATHER!