Felix is Mariners nominee for Clemente Award
Felix Hernandez has been one of the best pitchers in baseball for the past decade, but the Mariners hurler also has had significant impact in the community, a fact recognized by his nomination for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award.
Hernandez is the Mariners nominee for the prestigious award, which recognizes a Major League player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
Wednesday will be the 13th annual Roberto Clemente Day in MLB, honoring the 15-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Beginning Wednesday, fans can participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award winner by visiting ChevyBaseball.com to vote for one of the 30 club nominees. Voting ends on Sunday, Oct. 6 and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2014 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.
In his 10 seasons with the Mariners, Hernandez has been selected to five All-Star Games and was named the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner. He’s having one of his best seasons yet this season, posting a 14-5 record and 2.14 ERA while helping the Mariners challenge for their first playoff berth since 2001.
Hernandez is a popular figure among players in the game and has also played a large role off the field as well. Since arriving in Seattle as a teenage phenom, Hernandez has been active with the Make-A-Wish program as well as the Mariners anti-domestic violence program known as Refuse To Abuse.
This year, Hernandez partnered with Grammy Award-winning Seattle recording artist Macklemore on the #Change the Game anti-bullying campaign that asks students to “be kind, stay positive, and support each other,” and to sign an anti-bullying pledge.
Hernandez is an advocate for the Humane Society of Seattle/King County, a non-profit animal welfare organization, and has supported numerous other local charities and non-profit organizations in the Pacific Northwest, including: Esperanza, South Park Community Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Special Olympics of Washington, Boys & Girls Clubs, The Martinez Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel which includes Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of Roberto Clemente, Vera Clemente; and representatives from Chevrolet, MLB Network, MLB.com, ESPN, FOX Sports and TBS, among others.
The Mariners have produced three Clemente Award winners: Harold Reynolds in 1991, Jamie Moyer in 2003 and Edgar Martinez in 2004.