The Roberto Clemente award is given out annually to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team,” as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. Put another way: who does the most for their team/city both on *and* off the field.
But before one singular player can be selected as the winner (and announced at the World Series) each team must choose their nominee. And this year’s Cubs Roberto Clemente Award nominee is … Jon Lester!
Jon Lester is the #Cubs nominee for the Roberto Clemente award, which honors community service
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) September 12, 2019
Lester was actually the Cubs nominee last year (2018), as well, although he sorta shared the honor with Cole Hamels, who was also selected by the Rangers as their nominee, before being traded to Chicago. Anthony Rizzo was nominated for the award in 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014, and won the award in 2017.
Lester has had an up-and-down season for the Cubs this year, but he has had stretches of brilliance on the field, while almost always being a singularly positive member of his community off it – particularly with his “NVRQT” foundation supporting children with cancer/searching for a cure. I think he’s a great choice to represent the Cubs and I hope he finally takes home the honor.