The Roberto Clemente Award “recognizes a player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.”
Today, MLB announced its 30 nominees – one from each team – for the award, and Anthony Rizzo is the nominee for the Chicago Cubs. It’s a nice recognition of how much Rizzo does, not only for the Cubs on the field, but in his time away from the ballpark.
There will be a fan voting component in the award for each of the American and National Leagues, and that will begin on Wednesday.
American League nominees include Brian Matusz of Baltimore, Brock Holt of Boston,David Robertson of the Chicago White Sox, Carlos Carrasco of Cleveland, Miguel Cabrera of Detroit, George Springer of Houston, Alex Gordon of Kansas City, Hector Santiago of the Los Angeles Angels, Torii Hunter of Minnesota, Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees, Stephen Vogt of Oakland, Charlie Furbush of Seattle, Chris Archer of Tampa Bay, Adrian Beltre of Texas and Jose Bautista of Toronto.
National League nominees include Paul Goldschmidt of Arizona, Jason Grilli of Atlanta, Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, J.J. Hoover of Cincinnati, Kyle Kendrickof Colorado, Adrian Gonzalez of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dee Gordon of Miami,Jonathan Lucroy of Milwaukee, Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets, Ryan Howard of Philadelphia, Andrew McCutchen of Pittsburgh, Adam Wainwright of St. Louis, Andrew Cashner of San Diego, Javier Lopez of San Francisco and Denard Span of Washington.