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Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced

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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.” Yadier Molina won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and they are listed below.

September 18 will be Roberto Clemente Day, and all the home teams will honor their nominees. Visiting teams will do it for their guys on their next home stand.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced during the World Series. He will be selected by a panel that includes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, representatives from the national networks which broadcast baseball, MLB.com and Clemente’s widow, Vera Clemente. There is also a fan vote component, the winner of which receives one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.  You can vote here from tomorrow through Sunday, September 29.

The nominees:

Arizona DiamondbacksEduardo Escobar

Atlanta BravesCharlie Culberson

Baltimore OriolesChris Davis

Boston Red SoxBrock Holt

Chicago CubsJon Lester

Chicago White SoxTim Anderson

Cincinnati RedsMichael Lorenzen

Cleveland IndiansCarlos Carrasco

Colorado RockiesIan Desmond

Detroit TigersMiguel Cabrera

Houston AstrosAlex Bregman

Kansas City RoyalsAlex Gordon

Los Angeles AngelsAndrew Heaney

Los Angeles DodgersKenley Jansen

Miami Marlins – Martín Prado

Milwaukee BrewersChase Anderson

Minnesota TwinsKyle Gibson

New York MetsSteven Matz

New York YankeesCC Sabathia

Oakland AthleticsLiam Hendriks

Philadelphia PhilliesRhys Hoskins

Pittsburgh PiratesTrevor Williams

San Diego PadresHunter Renfroe

San Francisco GiantsPablo Sandoval

Seattle MarinersDee Gordon

St. Louis CardinalsAdam Wainwright

Tampa Bay RaysKevin Kiermaier

Texas RangersElvis Andrus

Toronto Blue JaysRandal Grichuk

Washington NationalsAnthony Rendon

Police: Felipe Vázquez admits to trying to have sex with 13-year-old

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Yesterday’s news about the arrest of Pirates closer Felipe Vázquez was pretty disturbing. Today’s update from Jeff Passan of ESPN is even worse.

Vázquez has been charged with solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, and yesterday’s report said that he texted a 15-year-old girl that he would meet up with her after the season for sex. According to police, however, Vázquez had already met with a minor in an attempt to have sex. When she was 13:

Yesterday Vázquez’s attorney, Jay Reisinger, issued a statement saying “We are in the process of reviewing both the Pennsylvania and Florida charging documents, as well as the underlying facts of the matter.  At this time, any comment would be premature.”

The Pennsylvania charges referenced involve an alleged statutory sexual assault of a victim who is at least 16 years old by a person who is at least 11 years older than the victim; unlawful contact with a minor; corruption of a minor by a defendant who is 18 years old or older; and indecent assault of a person less than 16 years old. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported last night that the offenses allegedly occurred on Aug. 1, 2018.

Vázquez is still in Pennsylvania, where he was arrested, and is awaiting extradition to Florida. He was denied bail and was characterized by the arraigning judge as a flight risk. Likely because he is a native and citizen of a foreign country with substantial financial resources.

UPDATE: I had missed this previously, but the Pirates issued a statement about all of this yesterday afternoon: