Tucker Barnhart, Chad Pinder and Cole Hamels nominated for Roberto Clemente Award
Every year each team nominates one player for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual award for Major League players, that honors the late Hall of Famer. The award is presented annually to individuals who represent the game of baseball through exceptional character, involvement in the community, philanthropy and positive contributions both on and off the field.
The Reds’ nominee was Gold Glove Award winner Tucker Barnhart, who has done work with Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He has worked to unite the two organizations, using his platform as a Reds player and Indianapolis resident to give back to both.
The Athletics nominated 2nd year player Chad Pinder, who works with special needs children at the School of Imagination in Dublin, an opportunity he learned of through a former teammate. The school was founded in 2011 for all children, including those with autism and developmental delays.
Cole Hamels was the Rangers nominee for the 3rd season in a row, despite being traded to the Cubs.
During his career, Hamels has donated over $20.6 million to educational and nonprofit organizations both domestically and internationally, in the hopes of making a difference in a child’s life. The Hamels Foundation, founded in 2009 by Cole and Heidi Hamels, provides hope and a brighter future for children by providing financial support for educational opportunities. The Hamels Foundation works to empower children in inner-city schools in the United States as well as rural Malawi, Africa.
During his three years with the Rangers, Hamels collaborated with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation in underwriting classrooms at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy and hosted military personnel from area bases as part of his Operation 35 program, underwriting the total cost of $36,000.
The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award, who will be announced during the 2018 World Series, will be selected among the group of nominees via a blue-ribbon panel that includes individuals connected to the game. Fans can vote for the overall winner, which will count as one vote among those cast by the blue-ribbon panel, at mlb.com/clemente
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