2013 Roberto Clemente Day

Tuesday (9-17-13) was the 12th Annual Roberto Clemente Day in Major League Baseball, it’s to honor the great Pittsburgh Pirate Outfielder, Roberto Clemente.

Hall of Fame Outfielders back in the day Clemente, Mays, and Aaron

Hall of Fame Outfielders back in the day Clemente, Mays, and Aaron

The 15-time All-Star and Hall of Famer not knowingly ended his career reaching 3,000th hits in his last at bat of the ’72 season. He died later that year on New Years Eve when the plane he was in crashed. Clemente was in route to deliver supplies, and help earthquake victems in his homeland of Nicaragua.

Clemente on deck

Clemente on deck

The Roberto Clemente Award which up until 1973 was known as the Commissioner’s Award is given to the player at the end of each season who exemplifies what Clemente was about, and truly understands the value of helping others. Each of the 30 MLB teams have one representative in the running. The Brewers nominated Jonathon Lucroy, and for good reason.

#20 Lucroy

#20 Lucroy

Lucroy has been a consistent supporter of military initiatives, primarily Fisher House Wisconsin, which is a facility for military veterans and their families receiving treatment at the Milwaukee VA Hospital.  Each month, he invites wounded heroes to Brewers games and meets with them.  He often visits veterans’ hospitals in Milwaukee, on road trips and near his home in Louisiana. Lucroy also provided in-kind support and recorded a PSA for the city-wide initiative to hire veterans. For the past three years, he has provided $5,000 scholarships to military families.

Lucroy is active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting wishes and visiting hospitals. He created a PSA for Fisher House as well as the Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Sausage Run/Walk in support of Fisher House and served as a spokesperson for the MDA Team Muscle Walk and BCF’s Drive for Charity. He also participates in the Brewers’ youth clinics. Additionally, Lucroy supports the Miracle League, which allows all children to play organized baseball regardless of ability. Along with his military support, he has been very supportive of Brewers Community Foundation, which focuses on health, education, recreation and basic needs. (courtesy of the Milwaukee Brewers).

9-17-13 Jonathan Lucroy recognized as the Brewers' nominee

9-17-13 Jonathan Lucroy recognized as the Brewers’ nominee (courtesy of Yvonne Kemp)

The only other Brewer to win the award was Cecil Cooper in 1983.

Cecil Cooper #15

Cecil Cooper #15

Fans can get involved and I encourage that they do by going to www.ChevyBaseball.com  and vote for Lucroy…voting ends October 6th. As an extra incentive all fans that vote, Chevrolet will award one lucky voter a trip to the 2013 World Series, where the Award will be presented . Past Clemete Award Winners include:

1971 Willie Mays+** 1982 Ken Singleton 1993 Barry Larkin+ 2004 Edgar Martinez
1972 Brooks Robinson+** 1983 Cecil Cooper 1994 Dave Winfield+ 2005 John Smoltz
1973 Al Kaline+ 1984 Ron Guidry 1995 Ozzie Smith+ 2006 Carlos Delgado
1974 Willie Stargell+ 1985 Don Baylor 1996 Kirby Puckett+ 2007 Craig Biggio
1975 Lou Brock+ 1986 Garry Maddox 1997 Eric Davis 2008 Albert Pujols
1976 Pete Rose 1987 Rick Sutcliffe 1998 Sammy Sosa 2009 Derek Jeter
1977 Rod Carew+ 1988 Dale Murphy 1999 Tony Gwynn+ 2010 Tim Wakefield
1978 Greg Luzinski 1989 Gary Carter+ 2000 Al Leiter 2011 David Ortiz
1979 Andre Thornton 1990 Dave Stewart 2001 Curt Schilling 2012 Clayton Kershaw
1980 Phil Niekro+ 1991 Harold Reynolds 2002 Jim Thome
1981 Steve Garvey 1992 Cal Ripken, Jr.+ 2003 Jamie Moyer

+ Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame

** Originally known as the Commissioner’s Award (prior to 1973)

I had a chance to ask Jonathon about being the Brewers representative, here’s what he had to say:

Jonathan Lucroy  2013 Roberto Clemente Award Canidate

Jonathan Lucroy 2013 Roberto Clemente Award Canidate

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