Major League Baseball announces nominees for the Clemente Award

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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.

Nominees:

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

Watch: Christian Yelich continues to make a case for NL MVP repeat

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Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.

The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.

While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.

Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.

It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.