Tuesday marked the annual Roberto Clemente Day across Major League Baseball, an annual tradition over the past ten years to commemorate the life and tragic passing of one of the game’s more charitable figures. Each organization nominates one player based on their dedication to giving back to the community coupled with their outstanding on field performance. Washington’s nominee this year is third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
Fans can vote between now and October 14th at MLB.com/ClementeAward to select a final overall recipient of the prestigious award. The final winner will be announced during the World Series.
The award has gone to some fairly prominent players over the years. Willie Mays won the first award in 1971, the first of 14 current Hall of Famers to take the honors. Boston’s David Ortiz won in 2011.