Ortiz nominated for Clemente Award

September, 13, 2011
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Major League Baseball announced that David Ortiz was named the Boston Red Sox 2011 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. Ortiz is one of the 30 finalists for the award, which, according to the press release, “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.”

Ortiz will be honored during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park on Sept. 14 for his nomination.

“David’s big heart is something we have all witnessed on the baseball diamond during games and in the dugout with his teammates, but it extends far beyond that,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino “His compassion for children in need of medical care is something that is very important to him, and it is, perhaps, fitting that a man with such a generous heart would be committed to a cause that helps children fix their own. We applaud his charitable work, both in his native home in the Dominican Republic, as well as in his home here in New England.”

“I am honored to have been chosen as the Red Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award,” said Ortiz. “I look forward to continuing to help even more children receive the medical care they need through my charity.”

Tim Wakefield received the award last season.

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