Jim Johnson is Orioles’ nominee for Roberto Clemente Award (updated)

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.

Closer Jim Johnson has been chosen as the Orioles’ representative.

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.

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