Adrian Gonzalez Nominated for Roberto Clemente Award – 9/28

COLORADO ROCKIES AT LOS ANGELES DODGERSAdrian Gonzalez was named the Dodgers’ 2013 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. The 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 pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

After being acquired by the Dodgers during the 2012 season, Gonzalez immediately connected with the Los Angeles community. Gonzalez chose to support PADRES Contra El Cancer, and he and his wife Betsy also launched “Adrian Gonzalez’s Viva Los Dodgers Days”. Gonzalez also supports education with The Adrian Gonzalez Scholarship program that began in San Diego, continued in Boston and will start in Los Angeles in 2014.

Gonzalez, a four-time All-Star, this season led the Dodgers in hits (171), homers (22) and RBI (100). He also reached the 20-home run mark for the seventh time in the last eight years. Gonzlaez hit .303 (88-for-290) in 79 games at Dodger Stadium, which was the 14th-best home mark in the NL.

“I’m truly honored to be nominated for this award that pays tribute to Roberto Clemente, one of the greatest in the game who also had an extraordinary impact off the field with his philanthropic efforts,” said Gonzalez. “Everyone should strive to be the type of man Clemente was and I am humbled that I am the Dodgers’ nominee for this prestigious award. It is very important to me and my wife to give back to the community and I look forward to doing so much more.”

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