Major League Baseball has announced the names of the 30 club nominees, including nine All-Stars, for the Roberto Clemente Award that recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
Here is the complete list:
Arizona Diamondbacks - Willie Bloomquist
Atlanta Braves - Tim Hudson
Baltimore Orioles - Jim Johnson
Boston Red Sox - Jon Lester
Chicago Cubs - David DeJesus
Chicago White Sox - Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds - Todd Frazier
Cleveland Indians - Jason Kipnis
Colorado Rockies - Michael Cuddyer
Detroit Tigers - Miguel Cabrera
Houston Astros - Wesley Wright
Kansas City Royals - Alex Gordon
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - C.J. Wilson
Los Angeles Dodgers - Clayton Kershaw
Miami Marlins - Logan Morrison
Milwaukee Brewers - Rickie Weeks
Minnesota Twins - Justin Morneau
New York Mets - Johan Santana
New York Yankees - Mark Teixeira
Oakland Athletics - Brandon McCarthy
Philadelphia Phillies - Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates - Chris Resop
St. Louis Cardinals - Matt Holliday
San Diego Padres - Luke Gregerson
San Francisco Giants - Matt Cain
Seattle Mariners - Felix Hernandez
Tampa Bay Rays - David Price
Texas Rangers - Michael Young
Toronto Blue Jays - Ricky Romero
Washington Nationals - Ryan Zimmerman
Beginning today, fans can cast their votes by visiting MLB.com/ClementeAward. Participating fans will be registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the national winner of the Clemente award will be announced.
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 14th, and the winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by a selection panel.
All teams playing at home today will recognize their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while each visiting club - and that includes the Orioles, who are in Seattle - will honor its nominee before another September home game.
Johnson is 2-1 with a 2.82 ERA and 43 saves, two shy of Randy Myer’s club record.
Past Orioles winners are Brooks Robinson in 1972, Ken Singleton in 1982, Cal Ripken in 1992 and Eric Davis in 1997. Jim Thome won it in 2002.
UPDATE: The Orioles provided the following information on Johnson:
Johnson has been involved with multiple charities during his time with the Orioles. He works with the Miracle League of Manasota, an affiliate of the National Miracle League Association that joins more than 200 communities around the world to provide opportunities for disabled children to play baseball. The Manasota chapter is located in the Sarasota, Florida area, the Orioles’ spring training home and Johnson’s off-season residence. In 2011, Johnson started the Birdland Golf Classic event, which over the last two years has raised a total of $50,000 that went directly to the Miracle League of Manasota.
In large part due to the success of the Classic (along with additional donations from the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates), the Miracle League was able to open the first Miracle League Field in the Sarasota-Bradenton area last December with a groundbreaking ceremony which Johnson attended. Johnson also appeared at an Orioles-hosted clinic for children in the Miracle League as part of the new field dedication ceremony. The field features a flat rubberized surface to eliminate barriers and create a safe playing environment for players challenged with any form of special need.
Johnson’s work with children with disabilities continues in the Baltimore community as well. Johnson is involved with the Challenger League in Maryland and Virginia. Earlier this season, he taught baseball to over 40 players from the Orioles Advocates Challenger League at Lake Waterford Park in Pasadena in a Fantasy Camp for Kids. The clinic provided Challenger Baseball players the opportunity to learn baseball skills from major league players. Each participant also received autographs, tickets to an Orioles game and a personalized Orioles jersey.
Johnson’s efforts over the year have stretched beyond just children. For the second consecutive year the Orioles have hosted a group of wounded soldiers and other active military groups and their families in a catered private suite for each Orioles home Sunday game. Johnson got involved personally by contributing $1,000 to the program for the second consecutive year, in addition to meeting with the soldiers on the field pre-game.
In addition to the Roberto Clemente Award, this year Johnson will also receive the Baltimore Sun’s Tim Wheatley award, recognizing local professional athletes who give back to the community. The award is named after the late Tim Wheatley, the former sports editor for The Sun and a huge influence in the local community who passed away three years ago in a tragic car accident.
The Orioles will present Johnson with the Roberto Clemente Award in an on-field ceremony prior to their game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, Sept. 24.