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David Robertson named New York Yankees' nominee for 2013 Roberto Clemente Award

09/16/2013 3:12 PM ET
By New York Yankees Media Relations

David Robertson was named the New York Yankees' nominee for the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award.(AP)
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that David Robertson was named the New York Yankees 2013 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Tomorrow marks the 12th 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. David Robertson is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which 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 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. 

David, along with his wife, Erin, founded High Socks for Hope (a 501c3 nonprofit corporation) after tornadoes devastated his hometown of Tuscaloosa in 2011. High Socks for Hope's mission is to lend support to charities and organizations helping those affected by tragedies and to provide humanitarian services for individuals in need.

In addition to helping residents of Tuscaloosa, High Socks for Hope has provided aid to those affected by the May 20, 2013, tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, as well as individuals in New York who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. To help raise money for those in Tuscaloosa, Robertson donated $100 for every strikeout he recorded throughout the 2011-2012 seasons, racking up 181 strikeouts over the stretch. Robertson has continued his pledge in the 2013 season for the residents of Moore.

In June of this year, the Robertsons teamed up with volunteers from NBTY Helping Hands to help welcome home families displaced by Hurricane Sandy. The Robertsons delivered and unloaded new furniture for four families in Far Rockaway, New York, and made an additional donation to help furnish homes for six other families in the Far Rockaway area.

The Yankees are scheduled to recognize Robertson's nomination for this year's Clemente Award with an on-field ceremony scheduled to take place on Friday, September 20, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game vs. the San Francisco Giants.

The distinguished list of past national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes 14 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971

 Willie Mays+**

 1982

 Ken Singleton

 1993

 Barry Larkin+

2004

 Edgar Martinez

1972

Brooks Robinson+**

 1983

 Cecil Cooper 

 1994

 Dave Winfield+ 

2005

 John Smoltz

1973

Al Kaline+

 1984

 Ron Guidry

 1995

Ozzie Smith+

2006

Carlos Delgado

1974

Willie Stargell+

 1985

 Don Baylor

 1996

Kirby Puckett+

2007

 Craig Biggio

1975 

Lou Brock+

 1986

 Garry Maddox

 1997 

Eric Davis

2008

 Albert Pujols

1976

Pete Rose

 1987

 Rick Sutcliffe

 1998

Sammy Sosa

2009

 Derek Jeter

1977

Rod Carew+

 1988

 Dale Murphy

 1999

Tony Gwynn+

2010

 Tim Wakefield

1978

Greg Luzinski

 1989

 Gary Carter+ 

 2000

 Al Leiter

2011 

David Ortiz

1979

Andre Thornton

 1990

 Dave Stewart

 2001

 Curt Schilling

2012

Clayton Kershaw

1980

Phil Niekro+

 1991 

Harold Reynolds

 2002

 Jim Thome

   

1981

Steve Garvey

 1992

Cal Ripken, Jr.+

 2003

 Jamie Moyer

   

+ Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame

** Originally known as the Commissioner's Award (prior to 1973)

Beginning tomorrow on Roberto Clemente Day, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recipient by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media, to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on Sunday, October 6th and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2013 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. The winner of the fan vote will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel.

Clubs playing at home on September 17th will recognize their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while visiting Clubs will honor their nominees before another September home game. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and the official dugout lineup cards. 

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