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John Baker named Marlins nominee for the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet09/13/2010 3:15 PM ET
Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, announced that John Baker was named the Florida Marlins 2010 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. John Baker is one of the 30 Club nominees who are finalists for the national award, which is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field. Roberto Clemente Day was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recognizes players who best represent the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their Clubs. The award is named for the 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The award pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing talented current players who truly understand the value of helping others.
John Baker has had a donor advised fund within the Florida Marlins Community Foundation (FMCF) since 2008. The purpose of this not-for-profit charitable organization is to promote educational, athletic, health, social and community service programs with a particular focus on South Florida's youth. In addition to being a supporter of the Florida Marlins Community Foundation, this season John formed a strong relationship with Food for the Poor. He has also participated in events with the Stand Down House.
In January and February, Baker was part of a Marlins contingent that traveled to Kuwait and Iraq on the first ever MLB trip to visit the troops in the war region of Iraq. During the 8-day trip, Baker spent time with kids at the Kuwait Little League, signed countless autographs and simply spent time swapping stories with the young men and women of our military.
Upon returning to the States, Baker along with Marlins Outfielder, Chris Coghlan, formed the Marlins Letters to Troops program, which encourages Marlins fans to take time to send letters to members of the Florida National Guard currently serving overseas. During Spring Training, he also spent time with residents of the Stand Down House located in Palm Beach County. He provided tickets for veterans to come out to games and he spent time with them during their time at the ballpark.
In July, Baker was part of a Marlins contingent that traveled to Haiti to see firsthand the destitute living conditions of families in Port-au-Prince, as well as in Cap-Haitien, where some of those fleeing the earthquake ravaged capital have moved. John served as a spokesperson for the Marlins Homes for Haiti campaign, which is raising funds to build a 25 home village in Haiti. He recorded TV and Radio PSAs, conducted media interviews, sharing his experience and drumming up support for contributions.
"I am deeply touched by this nomination," said John Baker. "Roberto Clemente is a baseball hero on the field and off the field and I am humbled to be considered for this award in his name."
The distinguished list of national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes 13 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:
* Member of Baseball Hall of Fame
Fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting www.chevy.com/clemente, powered by MLB.com and created specifically for the Roberto Clemente Award platform, from September 7 to October 8 to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2010 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.
The winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel, which includes Vera Clemente, wife of the late Hall of Famer; Commissioner Selig; MLB Network analyst and former Roberto Clemente Award winner Harold Reynolds; MLB Network analyst, TBS broadcaster and former Roberto Clemente Award winner John Smoltz; Hall of Famer and ESPN broadcaster Joe Morgan; former All-Star catcher and FOX broadcaster Tim McCarver; and MLB.com senior correspondent Hal Bodley.
MLB celebrates Roberto Clemente Day as part of the broader "MLB Going Beyond" platform, which strives to integrate community service and the importance of giving back.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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