The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Not entirely sure how this differs from the Marvin Miller Award, the nominees for which we announced yesterday, but just go with it.
Carlos Beltran won it last year. The 2014 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below.
There’s a weird fan vote aspect to this. You go to the website and you can vote for one of the nominees. The winner of the fan vote basically gets a one vote head start, with that vote added in to votes cast by Bud Selig, Vera Clemente and a number of former players and some media people.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves – Craig Kimbrel
Baltimore Orioles – Nick Markakis
Boston Red Sox – Craig Breslow
Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo
Chicago White Sox – Paul Konerko
Cincinnati Reds – Skip Schumaker
Cleveland Indians – Nick Swisher
Colorado Rockies – Michael Cuddyer
Detroit Tigers – Justin Verlander
Houston Astros – Jason Castro
Kansas City Royals – Eric Hosmer
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – C.J. Wilson
Los Angeles Dodgers – Clayton Kershaw
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek
Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins
New York Mets – David Wright
New York Yankees – CC Sabathia
Oakland Athletics – Jed Lowrie
Philadelphia Phillies – Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates – Charlie Morton
St. Louis Cardinals – Jason Motte
San Diego Padres – Ian Kennedy
San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo
Seattle Mariners – Felix Hernandez
Tampa Bay Rays – Evan Longoria
Texas Rangers – Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays – Todd Redmond
Washington Nationals – Ian Desmond
Angels starter Matt Shoemaker allowed one run over seven and two-third innings against the Mariners before exiting with some soreness on his left side last night. Today he will undergo an MRI.
Shoemaker and Mike Scioscia said after the game that they’re not overly concerned. But better safe than sorry.
Chris Davis got suspended for taking amphetamines, but at least it freed up some time for him to be a good samaritan. As MASN’s Roch Kubatko reported, Davis was at the scene of a car accident yesterday and helped out:
Glad “they” flipped the car over and not just “he” or else there would be even more PED accusations hurled.
I suppose it’s possible to have a more generic ballpark name than this, but credit to the Braves for pushing the known envelope on blandness:
They broke ground this morning. No word on how much of the money used on the naming rights will go into the Cobb County treasury to reimburse taxpayers who — hahahahahahahahah, sorry. Couldn’t say that with a straight face.
Fun fact: SunTrust Bank gets a 25-year naming rights deal on the place. The Braves will have played in their last park for only 21 years when they move in here, so good luck recouping Sun Trust.
Fun fact 2: Between New York, Philly and Atlanta, three of the five NL East teams will play in bank-named parks beginning in 2017. The Marlins and Nats still have no naming rights, so there is an opportunity here. Get on the stick, banks! Another look at the place:
Seems about as generic as the name. Here’s hoping the renderings are hiding something about the place that has, you know, some character or something forward-looking or cutting edge about it.
This season can’t end quickly enough for the Yankees. Heck, I place even odds on Martin Prado’s appendix doing itself in because it couldn’t take it anymore:
Prado ends the season with a line of .282/.321/.412 overall, and a line of .316/.336/.541 in 37 games with the Yankees.