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Redmond named Blue Jays' nominee for Clemente Award

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Todd Redmond is the Blue Jays' nominee for this year's Roberto Clemente Award which honors the Major League Baseball player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field.

Each club nominates one team member in an effort to pay tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The community award is handed out annually at the World Series, and last year it went to Carlos Beltran.

"I feel extremely proud of the support that Major League Baseball and Chevy provides to our communities," said Vera Clemente, Clemente's widow and an MLB goodwill ambassador who helps present the award each fall. "I know Roberto would be honored to know the way today's players support multiple causes. ... They are truly role models for today's generation."

Redmond shaved his head this spring to help raise funds for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. The PCF is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to funding research to eliminate childhood cancer. Redmond is also well known for participating in Toronto community events and taking time for fans.

There were more than 1.3 million fan votes last year, and fans can start voting again for the overall winner on Wednesday at, which is powered by MLB Advanced Media. Voting ends on Oct. 6, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to next month's World Series.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB.
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