Beltre is Rangers' Clemente nominee
ARLINGTON -- Third baseman Adrian Beltre has been selected as the Rangers' nominee for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.
Beltre will be honored on Wednesday prior to the game with the Astros at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Wednesday marks the 14th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy.
In addition to being one of the game's top third basemen, Beltre is active off the field. He and his wife, Sandra, are involved in the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, the Texas Rangers RBI program in the DFW Metroplex and the I Love Baseball program in the Dominican Republic.
Beltre has donated to David Valle's Esperanza International as well as foundations established by Robinson Chirinos, Michael Young, Eddie Guardado and Joakim Soria. He has also contributed to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.
Beltre is one of the 30 club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet by visiting ChevyBaseball.com, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media, to vote for one of the 30 club nominees. Voting ends on Friday, Oct. 9; participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 World Series, where the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.
Clubs playing at home on Wednesday will recognize their nominee as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while visiting clubs will honor their nominee before another September home game. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards, and a tribute video will be played in ballparks.
The concept of honoring players for their philanthropic work came about in 1971 as the Commissioner's Award, which was renamed the Roberto Clemente Award in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star, who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Each September since 2002, Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.