On Monday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced the thirty nominees for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award. Each year, all thirty teams are allowed to nominate one player for the award
Each season, Major League Baseball teams up with Chevrolet, giving the award to the player “who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.” The fans’ vote will ultimately decide the winner, and the player who will take home the award will be honored during this year’s World Series.
The award was originally known as the Commissioner’s Award, but was changed in 1973 to honor Clemente, who died on New Year’ Eve in 1972 as he was attempting provide aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
This Wednesday, Major League Baseball will celebrate the 14th annual Roberto Clemente Day, a day dedicated by the sport to honor Clemente’s legacy along with acknowledging this season’s award nominees for each team. Clemente spent 18 seasons in the big leagues as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
As their are no prior winners on the ballot this season, a first-time winner will receive the award this year. Last year, Jimmy Rollins (then of the Philadelphia Phillies) and Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox split the award. In past seasons, 16 Hall of Famers have taken home the award, including Craig Biggio and John Smoltz, who were inducted into the Hall of Fame this season.
Here are the 2015 nominees for the award:
Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves – Jason Grilli
Baltimore Orioles – Brian Matusz
Boston Red Sox – Brock Holt
Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo
Chicago White Sox – David Robertson
Cincinnati Reds – J.J. Hoover
Cleveland Indians – Carlos Carrasco
Colorado Rockies – Kyle Kendrick
Detroit Tigers – Miguel Cabrera
Houston Astros – George Springer
Kansas City Royals – Alex Gordon
Los Angeles Angels – Hector Santiago
Los Angeles Dodgers – Adrian Gonzalez
Miami Marlins – Dee Gordon
Milwaukee Brewers – Jonathan Lucroy
Minnesota Twins – Torii Hunter
New York Mets – Curtis Granderson
New York Yankees – Mark Teixeira
Oakland Athletics – Stephen Vogt
Philadelphia Phillies – Ryan Howard
Pittsburgh Pirates – Andrew McCutchen
St. Louis Cardinals – Adam Wainwright
San Diego Padres – Andrew Cashner
San Francisco Giants – Javier Lopez
Seattle Mariners – Charlie Furbush
Tampa Bay Rays – Chris Archer
Texas Rangers – Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays – Jose Bautista
Washington Nationals – Denard Span
The fan vote will begin on Roberto Clemente Day (Wednesday, September 16, 2015), and will conclude on October 9. Fans can vote by going to ChevyBaseball.com to vote for one of the aforementioned nominees.