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September 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Felix Hernandez named Mariners’ nominee for 2014 Roberto Clemente Award

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Felix Hernandez has been selected as the Mariners’ nominee for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement

Each of the 30 teams is represented.

Hernandez is certainly a worthy nominee as he’s embraced his role as the face of the Mariners franchise.

He has a soft spot for children. He has visited hundreds of children at local hospitals and has granted wishes and entertained kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska and Washington. Hernandez also assists the Make-A-Wish foundation’s fundraising events in a variety of ways.

For five years now, he has been a participant in the Mariners anti-domestic violence program known as Refuse To Abuse. The program works in  partnership with the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV). The two organizations have been working together for several years. Hernandez is featured in television, radio and print public service announcements, along with teammate Michael Saunders and manager Lloyd McClendon.

This year, Hernandez added another aspect to his off-field contributions, partnering with Grammy Award-winning Seattle recording artist Macklemore on the “Change the Game” anti-bullying campaign. It’s message to local students is to “be kind, stay positive, and support each other,” and to sign an anti-bullying pledge.

One of Hernandez’s favorite causes is the Humane Society of Seattle/King County, a non-profit animal welfare organization. He is a big dog person and has a huge bulldog named Charlie. He participated in a public service campaign and has supported fundraising events that assist the variety of Humane Society programs including adoptions, veterinary services, dog training classes, a pet food bank, and humane education for children of all ages.

Hernandez has also worked other local charities and non-profit organizations in the Pacific Northwest, including: Esperanza, South Park Community Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Special Olympics of Washington, Boys & Girls Clubs, The Martinez Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The Mariners have produced three Clemente Award winners: Harold Reynolds in 1991, Jamie Moyer in 2003 and Edgar Martinez in 2004.

Here’s the other nominees.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt*
  • Atlanta Braves – Craig Kimbrel*
  • Baltimore Orioles – Nick Markakis
  • Boston Red Sox – Craig Breslow
  • Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo*
  • Chicago White Sox – Paul Konerko
  • Cincinnati Reds – Skip Schumaker
  • Cleveland Indians – Nick Swisher
  • Colorado Rockies – Michael Cuddyer
  • Detroit Tigers – Justin Verlander
  • Houston Astros – Jason Castro
  • Kansas City Royals – Eric Hosmer
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – C.J. Wilson
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – Clayton Kershaw*
  • Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek
  • Milwaukee Brewers – Ryan Braun
  • Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins*
  • New York Mets – David Wright
  • New York Yankees – CC Sabathia
  • Oakland Athletics – Jed Lowrie
  • Philadelphia Phillies – Jimmy Rollins
  • Pittsburgh Pirates – Charlie Morton
  • St. Louis Cardinals – Jason Motte
  • San Diego Padres – Ian Kennedy
  • San Francisco Giants – Sergio Romo
  • Seattle Mariners – Felix Hernandez*
  • Tampa Bay Rays – Evan Longoria
  • Texas Rangers – Adrian Beltre*
  • Toronto Blue Jays – Todd Redmond                                                                                                           
  • Washington Nationals – Ian Desmond

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