MLB Press Release:
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced the names of the 30 Club nominees, including nine 2012 MLB All-Stars, for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Today marks the eleventh annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. The annual award recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Johan Santana was selected as the club nominee for the New York Mets. The Johan Santana Foundation has two distinct functions in its operation. The first is educating and supporting outreach to children and adults about the different types of skin cancer and the inherent risks of these skin cancers, with a special focus on Melanoma. And the second is Building the Polideportivo Tovar, Venezuela and implementing supportive Programming.