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MLB August Relievers of the Month, Mariners Diaz, Phillies’ Neris

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Edwin Diaz after closing out a game 2018 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Hector Neris on mound 2016 photo By D. Benjamin Miller - Own work, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

For the third consecutive month and fourth time this season, Seattle Mariners All-Star closer Edwin Díaz has been voted August’s American League Reliever of the Month Presented by The Hartford, and Philadelphia Phillies reliever Héctor Neris has been voted the National League Reliever of the Month Presented by The Hartford for the fifth period of the 2018 season.

The American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Edwin Díaz, and the National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Héctor Neris, will each receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The Hartford Presents the 2018 Relievers of the Year, named in honor of Mariano Rivera (American League) and Trevor Hoffman (National League), will again be presented during the World Series.

Díaz appeared in 11 games for the Mariners, converting 10-of-11 save opportunities while surrendering two earned runs en route to earning his fifth career AL Reliever of the Month Award and his fourth of 2018 (also: July 2017, and April, June and July of this year). Across 11.0 innings pitched, the hard-throwing right-hander tallied 21 strikeouts, while not permitting a walk and limiting the opposition to eight hits. The 24-year-old is the first Major League relief pitcher to earn four Reliever of the Month honors in a single season, as well as three straight. In addition, he is the first Major Leaguer to win four monthly awards in any category since Mike Trout claimed four AL Rookie of the Month awards during his AL Rookie of the Year campaign in 2012. Additionally, Edwin’s five career monthly awards are the most in the Majors since MLB’s monthly honors for relievers began in 2005 (there was no award from 2014-16). In the final appearance of his award-winning month on August 25th, Díaz notched his 50th save of the season, becoming the 14th pitcher (17th time) in Major League history to tally at least 50 saves in a campaign. The Puerto Rican native also surpassed Fernando Rodney (48, 2014) for the most saves in a single season in franchise history. Reaching the 50-save milestone in Seattle’s 130th game of the 2018 season, Edwin matched Francisco Rodríguez for the most saves through a Club’s first 130 contests. During his historic 2008 campaign, “K-Rod” established a new Major League record with 62 saves and finished third in AL Cy Young Award voting. Moreover, the 24-year-old Díaz became the second pitcher in MLB history to tally at least 10 saves and 21 strikeouts without issuing a single free pass in a single calendar month, joining three-time All-Star Eric Gagne (June 2002).

Others receiving votes for AL Reliever of the Month included the aforementioned Rodney (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 15.0 IP, 14 SO) and AllStar Blake Treinen (1-0, 0.69 ERA, 7 SV, 22 SO) of the Oakland Athletics; Taylor Rogers (15 G, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 17 SO) of the Minnesota Twins; José Leclerc (10 G, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 18 SO) of the Texas Rangers; Jalen Beeks (4-0, 2.63 ERA, 27.1 IP, 24 SO) of the Tampa Bay Rays; and Jace Fry (1-0, 1.69 ERA, 3 SV, 20 SO) of the Chicago White Sox.

Neris appeared in 10 games for the Phillies, recording 20 strikeouts while not allowing a run during his strong month on the mound. Across 9.0 innings pitched, Hector permitted just three hits, two walks and did not surrender a home run to claim his first career monthly award. This is Philadelphia’s second Reliever of the Month Award in franchise history, following Jonathan Papelbon, who earned Delivery Man of the Month honors in April 2012. Since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on August 14th, Neris enters play today having struck out 20 of the previous 32 batters he has faced (62.5%). His strikeout rate ranks first among all Major League pitchers who have faced at least 30 batters since his recall date. The 29-year-old became the first Phillies reliever to collect 20-or-more strikeouts in a nineinning span since Antonio Bastardo (August 3-September 9, 2012). For his career, the hard-throwing right-hander has totaled 291 strikeouts over 235.1 innings of work, which ranks eighth-most by a reliever in franchise history.

Others receiving votes for NL Reliever of the Month included Jordan Hicks (13 G, 2.84 ERA, 3 SV, 13 SO) and Bud Norris (11 G, 1.86 ERA, 8 SV, 8 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; Jesse Biddle (2-1, 1.88 ERA, 14.1 IP, 19 SO), Brad Brach (1-2, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 14 SO) and Jesse Winkler (13 G, 0.00 ERA, 12.1 IP, 14 SO) of the Atlanta Braves; Keone Kela (14 G, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 21 SO) and July’s Reliever of the Month Award winner Felipe Vázquez (10 G, 0.00 ERA, 5 SV, 9 SO) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; All-Star Jeremy Jeffress (1- 0, 1.88 ERA, 4 SV, 16 SO) of the Milwaukee Brewers; Steve Cishek (2-1, 1.46 ERA, 12.1 IP, 15 SO) of the Chicago Cubs; and Dylan Floro (2-1, 0.64 ERA, 14.0 IP, 15 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

MLB Rookies of the Month for August, Braves’ Acuna Jr, Yankees’ Andujar

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Ronald Acuña Jr. talking to reporters 2018 photo By Thomson200 - Own work, CC0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Miguel Andújar hitting, 2018 photo By DR. Buddie - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. has been voted National League Rookie of the Month in August, and New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar has been voted American League Rookie of the Month for the fifth month of the 2018 season.

In recognition of their Rookie of the Month Awards, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Miguel Andújar will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Acuña posted a slash line of .336/.405/.698 with 25 runs scored, 39 hits, seven doubles, a triple, 11 home runs, 21 RBI, 12 walks and six stolen bases over 30 games played to claim his first career monthly honor. Ronald finished his strong month among NL rookies (min. 20 at-bats) first in runs scored, hits, home runs, RBI, extra-base hits (19) and slugging percentage; tied for first in stolen bases; second in doubles; and third in batting average and on-base percentage. The dynamic outfielder is the first Braves player to earn the NL Rookie of the Month Award since Evan Gattis won consecutive months in April-May 2013.

In Atlanta’s doubleheader against the Miami Marlins on August 13th, Acuña became the fourth player in Major League history, and the first National Leaguer, to club leadoff home runs in both games of a doubleheader, joining Hall of Famers Harry Hooper (1913) and Rickey Henderson (1993), as well as Brady Anderson (1999), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Posting his first career multi-homer game in the following contest, the 20-year-old became the youngest player in MLB history to homer in five consecutive games, and matched the Braves franchise record. Moreover, the Venezuelan native enjoyed an eight-game hitting streak from August 8th-14th, slashing .471/.514/1.235 with 16 hits, eight home runs and 15 RBI during the torrid stretch. According to Elias, Ronald (20 years, 239 days) became the youngest slugger since at least 1900 to club eight round-trippers in an eight-game span. In the final game of his award-winning month on Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 20-yearold phenom connected for his 22nd home run of the season and became the first National League rookie over the last 110 years to record at least 39 hits and 11 home runs in a single calendar month. Luke Easter (June 1950) and Rudy York (August 1937) were the only American Leaguers to accomplish the feat in Baseball history. In addition, his 11 round-trippers in August tied Hall of Famer Mel Ott (June 1929) for the most homers by a player 20-or-younger in a calendar month. The former top prospect is on pace to become just the fourth player since at least 1876 to bat .290-or-better with 23 home runs and 11 stolen bases in a season while younger than 21 years old, and would join Mike Trout (2012), Alex Rodriguez (1996) and Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda (1958).

Others receiving votes for NL Rookie of the Month included starting pitchers Jack Flaherty (4-0, 1.13 ERA, 32.0 IP, 38 SO) and Austin Gomber (5-0, 2.38 ERA, 34.0 IP, 29 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals, as well as second baseman Jeff McNeil (.330, 14 R, 6 2B, 3 3B) of the New York Mets.

Andújar batted .320 (39-for-122) with 21 runs scored, seven doubles, 10 home runs, 29 RBI and a stolen base across 30 games to claim his second career AL Rookie of the Month Award, previously winning earlier this season in June. Among AL rookie hitters with at least 20 atbats, Miguel finished the month first in runs scored, hits, home runs, RBI and extra-base hits (17); tied for first in doubles; fifth in slugging percentage (.623); and sixth in on-base percentage (.344). This is the Yankees’ third AL Rookie of the Month Award this season, following Miguel’s previous honor and his All-Star teammate Gleyber Torres (May).

Over a torrid nine-game stretch from August 7th-15th, Andújar slashed .378/.410/.892 with nine runs scored, 14 hits, four doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI to lead the Yankees to a 6-3 record. From August 9th-13th, the Dominican Republic native logged a streak of five games in which he tallied at least one RBI and one run scored, his second streak this season of at least five games (also April 16th-23rd). Andújar became the second rookie in franchise history to bat at least .320 with 10-or-more home runs in a calendar month, joining All-Star Aaron Judge, who accomplished the feat during his Rookie of the Month-winning June 2017. Entering play today, the right-handed-hitting third baseman is on pace to become just the seventh rookie in AL history to bat .299-or-better with at least 38 doubles and 23 home runs, and would join Hall of Famers Ted Williams (1939) and Joe DiMaggio (1936), as well as Nomar Garciaparra (1997), Tony Oliva (1964), Hal Trosky (1934) and Dale Alexander (1929). Garciaparra and Oliva each earned AL Rookie of the Year honors during their historic seasons. In addition, joined by Torres (22 HR, 66 RBI), the 2018 Yankees are the sixth team in Major League history to have multiple rookies with at least 20 homers and 60 RBI in the same season, and the first since Mike Jacobs, Dan Uggla and Josh Willingham accomplished the feat for the 2006 Florida Marlins. The 1982 Minnesota Twins (Gary Gaetti and Kent Hrbek) were the last AL Club to do so.

Others receiving votes for AL Rookie of the Month included pitcher Brad Keller (3-1, 2.89 ERA, 37.1 IP, 31 SO) of the Kansas City Royals; starting pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (.328, 14 R, 6 HR, 18 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels; and pitcher Jalen Beeks (4-0, 2.63 ERA, 27.1 IP, 24 SO) and infielder Joey Wendle (.330, 13 R, 10 XBH, 18 RBI) of the Tampa Bay Rays.

 

Rays’ Snell, Cubs’ Hamels named MLB Pitchers of the Month for August

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Blake Snell Rays warming up 2018 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Cole Hamels (courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

Tampa Bay Rays All-Star Blake Snell has been voted American League Pitcher of the Month for his efforts in August, and Cole Hamels, in his first month as a member of the Chicago Cubs, has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for August.

In recognition of their Pitcher of the Month Awards, Blake Snell and Cole Hamels will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Snell compiled a perfect 4-0 record with a 1.04 ERA and 34 strikeouts over five starts to earn his first career AL Pitcher of the Month Award. Blake permitted just 11 hits, two home runs and six free passes across 26.0 innings of work. Among qualified AL starting pitchers, the left-handed hurler finished first in ERA, tied for first in wins and fourth in strikeouts. This is Tampa Bay’s first AL Pitcher of the Month Award this season, and the first since Snell’s former rotation-mate Chris Archer in July 2013.

Over the course of his dominant month on the mound, Snell won each of his four decisions for the Rays while not permitting more than one run in each start. On August 21st against the Kansas City Royals at Tropicana Field, the 25-year-old tossed 6.0 innings of one-run ball with 11 punchouts to earn his 15th victory of the season. The outing was his sixth career start in which he notched at least 10 strikeouts, and his fifth of the season. Following the outing, the native of Washington state, joined Hall of Famer Bob Gibson as the only pitchers since 1920 to log at least 160 strikeouts and surrender fewer than 35 runs through 24 career starts. In the final start of his award-winning period on August 26th, the 2018 AL All-Star earned his fourth consecutive win after limiting the first-place Boston Red Sox to just one run on two hits across 6.0 innings. The performance was his 14th consecutive home start in which he allowed one earned run-or-fewer since September 12, 2017 against the New York Yankees. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the longest streak of its kind since at least 1913. Moreover, Snell became just the second starter, and first left-hander, in franchise history to tally at least four wins with an ERA of 1.04-orlower in a single calendar month, joining the aforementioned Archer during his award-winning month.

Carlos Carrasco (4-2, 1.85 ERA, 39.0 IP, 50 SO) of the Cleveland Indians also posted a strong month of August. In four of his outings, the Venezuelan native tossed at least 7.0 scoreless innings, earning the victory in each start. The veteran right-hander notched his 16th win of the season in his final start on August 28th, and enters play today tied with All-Star Max Scherzer for the fourth-most in the Majors. Others receiving votes for AL Pitcher of the Month included Carrasco’s rotation-mates, All-Star Corey Kluber (4-1, 2.81 ERA, 41.2 IP, 41 SO) and Mike Clevinger (3-0, 2.21 ERA, 36.2 IP, 39 SO), as well as relief pitcher José Leclerc (10 G, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 18 SO) of the Texas Rangers.

Across six starts in August, Hamels registered a perfect 4-0 record with 38 strikeouts and a 0.69 ERA to claim his first career NL Pitcher of the Month Award. The left-handed pitcher limited opposing batters to just 28 hits and 11 walks, while not allowing a home run over 39.0 innings pitched. Among qualified NL starting pitchers, Cole finished his strong month first in ERA; tied for second in wins; third in innings pitched; and tied for fourth in strikeouts. This is the Cubs’ second Pitcher of the Month Award this season, following AllStar Jon Lester in June.

Hamels, who was acquired at the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline from the Texas Rangers, has won each of his four decisions with the Cubs. Following his award-winning month, the 34-year-old veteran became the only pitcher to pitch at least 5.0 innings while allowing one run-or-fewer in each of his first six starts with the Cubs since at least 1908. Making his debut for his new Club on August 1st against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the four-time All-Star struck out nine batters while not allowing an earned run to claim his first win with Chicago. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, his nine strikeouts were the fourth-most in a Cubs debut when allowing zero earned runs since earned runs became an official statistic in 1912. On August 23rd against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field, the 17th overall selection in the 2002 MLB Draft earned his ninth win of the season after tossing his first complete game of the 2018 campaign. In three starts at “The Friendly Confines” since joining the Cubs, Hamels has gone 1-0 with 24 strikeouts and a 0.86 ERA. Overall, the 2008 World Series Champion and Most Valuable Player became the fifth hurler (eighth time) in franchise history to win four games with 38-or-more strikeouts and an ERA lower than 0.70 in a month, joining Jake Arrieta in August and September of his NL Cy Young Award-winning 2015 season, Orval Overall (September 1909; May 1909; September 1908), Hall of Famer Mordecai Brown (August 1909) and Ed Reulbach (September 1908).

Others receiving votes for NL Pitcher of the Month included All-Star Jacob deGrom (3-2, 1.24 ERA, 43.2 IP, 60 SO) and Zack Wheeler (4-1, 1.13 ERA, 40.0 IP, 43 SO) of the New York Mets; rookies Jack Flaherty (4-0, 1.13 ERA, 32.0 IP, 38 SO) and Austin Gomber (5-0, 2.38 ERA, 34.0 IP, 29 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; All-Star Aaron Nola (3-0, 1.06 ERA, 34.0 IP, 35 SO) of the Philadelphia Phillies; and trade deadline acquisition Kevin Gausman (4-1, 1.69 ERA, 32.0 IP, 22 SO) of the Atlanta Braves.

 

Dodgers’ Turner, Red Sox’ Martinez named MLB Players of the Month of August

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Justin Turner in field 2017 photo By TonyTheTiger - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

J.D. Martinez running bases with Red Sox 2018 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https en.wikipedia.org

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner has been voted the Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month for August, and Boston Red Sox designated hitter/outfielder J.D. Martinez has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for August.

The Budweiser Presents National League Player of the Month, Justin Turner, and the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, J.D. Martinez, will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Turner batted .402 (39-for-97) with 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 20 RBI and a stolen base across 25 games played to claim his first career NL Player of the Month Award, and second monthly award overall after earning NL Rookie of the Month honors in May 2011. Among qualified NL hitters in August, Justin finished first in doubles, batting average and on-base percentage (.491); tied for first in hits; second in slugging percentage (.722); tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (18); tied for third in triples; and tied for fifth in RBI. This is the Dodgers’ first Player of the Month Award this season, and the first since Adrián González in April 2015.

Turner, who signed in December 2014 as a free agent with the Dodgers, recorded a season-best 14-game hitting streak from August 4th-20th, raising his batting average to .308, a season-best at the time. During his torrid stretch at the plate, the California native logged a slash line of .464/.531/.786 with 13 runs scored, 26 hits, seven doubles, three home runs and eight RBI. Nine games were of the multi-hit effort, including a 4-for-5 performance on August 19th. The impressive outing matched his career highs in hits and RBI. Turner became just the seventh player in franchise history to bat .400-or-better with at least 18 extra-base hits in a single calendar month, joining Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson (May 1949) and Zack Wheat (August 1925), as well as Del Bissonette (May 1930), Babe Herman (July 1930, July 1929) and John Frederick (May 1929). Additionally, the California State Fullerton University product registered at least two hits and one run scored in four consecutive games from August 24th-28th, becoming the second Dodgers player this season to accomplish the feat (also Joc Pederson; July 21st-25th).

Others receiving votes for NL Player of the Month included All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (.356, 7 2B, 8 HR, 19 RBI) and outfielder David Peralta (.361, 18 R, 10 HR, 21 RBI) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; outfielder/first baseman José Martínez (.389, 16 R, 9 XBH, 18 RBI) of the St. Louis Cardinals; All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain (.356, 19 R, 10 XBH, 5 SB) of the Milwaukee Brewers; outfielder Hunter Renfroe (.302, 6 2B, 9 HR, 27 RBI) of the San Diego Padres; and August’s NL Rookie of the Month Award winner Ronald Acuña Jr. (.336, 25 R, 19 XBH, 21 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves.

Martinez posted a slash line of .373/.453/.686 with 24 runs scored, 38 hits, 11 doubles, seven home runs, 25 RBI, 14 walks and two stolen bases over 26 games to earn his second career Player of the Month Award, previously winning with the Arizona Diamondbacks last season (September 2017). Among qualified AL hitters, the right-handed-hitting slugger finished first in batting average; second in slugging percentage; tied for second in runs scored and extra-base hits (18); third in RBI and on-base percentage; tied for third in doubles; fourth in hits; and tied for sixth in walks. This is Boston’s first Player of the Month Award this season, and the first since J.D.’s fellow All-Star teammate and AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts in July 2016.

Martinez, who signed with the Red Sox this past February, began his award-winning month with a nine-game hitting streak from July 31st-August 10th. During his hot stretch at the plate, the 31-year-old slashed .432/.512/.865 with nine runs scored, seven doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI to lead Boston to a 7-2 record. Included in his hitting streak was a six-game stretch in which he collected at least one RBI, the longest single-season streak by a Red Sox player since his teammate Mitch Moreland last season (May 18th-25th). The eight-year veteran registered a second nine-game hitting streak from August 20th-30th, capping it off with his 39th home run of the season on Thursday against the Chicago White Sox. His 39 round-trippers are the fourth-most for a player in his first season with the Red Sox, trailing only Dick Stuart (42, 1963), Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx (41, 1936) and Manny Ramirez (41, 2001). Entering play today, the twotime All-Star paces the Majors in RBI (115) and ranks second in home runs (40) and batting average (.336). Martinez is vying to become just the second player in franchise history to lead all of Baseball in the Triple Crown categories (batting average, home runs and RBI). Hall of Famer Ted Williams accomplished the feat in 1942 after batting .356 with 36 homers and 137 RBI.

Others receiving votes for AL Player of the Month included Betts (.353, 25 R, 17 XBH, 6 SB); third baseman Matt Chapman (.319, 22 R, 12 2B, 9 HR) of the Oakland Athletics; second baseman Whit Merrifield (.358, 18 R, 39 H, 10 SB) of the Kansas City Royals; and August’s AL Rookie of the Month Award winner Miguel Andújar (.320, 7 2B, 10 HR, 29 RBI) of the New York Yankees.

 

MLB releases names of all 30 teams 2018 Roberto Clemente Award nominees

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Roberto Clemente at bat 1961 photo By J. G. Taylor Spink, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

The 30 Club nominees for the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual award for Major League players, were announced today by Major League Baseball. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.

The list of Club nominees features players, with a collective 62 MLB All-Star appearances, whose various community activities have focused on important issues ranging from awareness & fundraising for the fight against childhood cancer and other illnesses, education for young people, Hurricane Maria relief, outreach to underserved children & communities in the United States and abroad, and more.

The 30 Club nominees of the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award are listed below:

Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt*
Atlanta Braves – Kurt Suzuki
Baltimore Orioles – Chris Davis
Boston Red Sox – Brock Holt
Chicago Cubs – Jon Lester*
Chicago White Sox – José Abreu*
Cincinnati Reds – Tucker Barnhart
Cleveland Indians – Carlos Carrasco
Colorado Rockies – Ian Desmond
Detroit Tigers – Michael Fulmer
Houston Astros – Charlie Morton*
Kansas City Royals – Danny Duffy
Los Angeles Angels – Andrew Heaney
Los Angeles Dodgers – Justin Turner
Miami Marlins – Martín Prado
Milwaukee Brewers – Corey Knebel
Minnesota Twins – Joe Mauer
New York Mets – Steven Matz
New York Yankees – CC Sabathia
Oakland Athletics – Chad Pinder
Philadelphia Phillies – Rhys Hoskins
Pittsburgh Pirates – Jameson Taillon
St. Louis Cardinals – Yadier Molina*
San Diego Padres – Clayton Richard
San Francisco Giants – Buster Posey*
Seattle Mariners – Nelson Cruz*
Tampa Bay Rays – Mallex Smith
Texas Rangers – Cole Hamels †
Toronto Blue Jays – Kevin Pillar
Washington Nationals – Ryan Zimmerman

*MLB All-Star
† Note: Cole Hamels remains the Rangers’ nominee despite being acquired by the Cubs via trade.

More information can be found at MLB.com/clemente21.

Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. Wednesday, September 5th marks the seventeenth 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. Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day in early September since 2002.

Clubs playing at home on Wednesday, September 5th will recognize their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies. Visiting Clubs will honor their nominees on a subsequent home stand. 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.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. The blue ribbon panel includes Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Vera Clemente (the late Roberto’s wife & MLB Goodwill Ambassador). Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, 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 vote from Roberto Clemente Day on Wednesday, September 5th, until Tuesday, September 18th. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel. Fans are encouraged to vote by visiting the following link: mlb.com/clemente21.

“I am very proud of the great philanthropic efforts of our players,” said Commissioner Manfred. “Through wide-ranging work and actions, these 30 nominees honor Roberto Clemente’s legacy of being exemplary community ambassadors. Roberto’s unwavering humanitarian spirit continues to inspire our players and fans and serves as a positive example for future generations.”

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.

The distinguished list of past Roberto Clemente Award winners includes 17 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971 Willie Mays+** 1983 Cecil Cooper 1995 Ozzie Smith+ 2007 Craig Biggio+
1972 Brooks Robinson+** 1984 Ron Guidry 1996 Kirby Puckett+ 2008 Albert Pujols
1973 Al Kaline+ 1985 Don Baylor 1997 Eric Davis 2009 Derek Jeter
1974 Willie Stargell+ 1986 Garry Maddox 1998 Sammy Sosa 2010 Tim Wakefield
1975 Lou Brock+ 1987 Rick Sutcliffe 1999 Tony Gwynn+ 2011 David Ortiz
1976 Pete Rose 1988 Dale Murphy 2000 Al Leiter 2012 Clayton Kershaw
1977 Rod Carew+ 1989 Gary Carter+ 2001 Curt Schilling 2013 Carlos Beltrán
1978 Greg Luzinski 1990 Dave Stewart 2002 Jim Thome+ 2014 Paul Konerko *
1979 Andre Thornton 1991 Harold Reynolds 2003 Jamie Moyer 2014 Jimmy Rollins *
1980 Phil Niekro+ 1992 Cal Ripken, Jr.+ 2004 Edgar Martinez 2015 Andrew McCutchen
1981 Steve Garvey 1993 Barry Larkin+ 2005 John Smoltz+ 2016 Curtis Granderson
1982 Ken Singleton 1994 Dave Winfield+ 2006 Carlos Delgado 2017 Anthony Rizzo

+ Member of The National Baseball Hall of Fame; * Co-winner; ** Originally known as the Commissioner’s Award (prior to 1973)

 

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