09/07/2010 3:43 PM ET
James Loney named Dodgers' nominee for the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet
Fans can vote for the National Award Recipient on Chevy.com/Clemente and Register for a Chance to Win a Trip to the 2010 World Series
LOS ANGELES -- Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that James Loney was named the Dodgers' 2010 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Loney 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. Tomorrow will mark the ninth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which 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.
This year marks Loney's second nomination for the prestigious Clemente Award, as he was also nominated by the club in 2008.
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.
Loney has been the starting first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2007. He is a graduate of the Houston RBI program and hosts kids from the Los Angeles RBI program at several home games throughout each season as part of "Loney's Lounge." Participants in the first baseman's community program get to watch batting practice from the field, receive a "Loney's Lounge" t-shirt, meet and take photos with Loney and watch the game from Baseline Box seats.
Part of the "Loney's Lounge" program includes an annual video game party hosted by the first baseman. The event takes place following the conclusion of a select afternoon game each season. This year, Loney's teammates Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Kenley Jansen and A.J. Ellis joined Loney and kids from the Los Angeles RBI program at the video game party.
For the third consecutive year, Loney also hosted the Dodgers Dream Foundation Charity Bowling Extravaganza at Lucky Strike Lanes L.A. Live, which raised more than $110,000 for the foundation. James received support from Dodger sponsors, fans, celebrities and his teammates and coaches that attended the event.
Also this season, Loney met 50 youngsters from the MLB Urban Youth Academy in Compton who took part in Major League Baseball Players Association's Buses for Baseball program. Youngsters watched batting practice down on the field behind home plate and met James, received autographs and enjoyed the game from field level seats. During the first session of the annual Dodgers Youth Baseball Camp, Loney visited with more than 130 campers, ages 7 to 12. He spoke to the campers at the end of the day on the importance of school and on what it means to be a Dodger. Kids also had the opportunity to ask James questions.
For the second consecutive year, Loney also participated in a calendar photo shoot with children from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, with the goal of finding permanent homes for these children. Loney is a regular participant in the Dodgers' Community Caravan and Make-A-Wish fulfillments. He also regularly makes hospital visits in the Los Angeles area. Additionally this year, Loney represented the Dodgers at the Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular, one of Los Angeles' most prominent charitable events.
In 2008, James was awarded the Roy Campanella Award as the "Most Inspirational Dodger." The award is voted on by the club's players and coaches.
On the field, Loney is one of the most consistent Dodgers year in and year out, playing in all but six games over the past three seasons. In 2010, he leads the Dodgers and ranks among the NL leaders in RBI and doubles.
The distinguished list of national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes 13 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:
|1971||Willie Mays*||1984||Ron Guidry||1997||Eric Davis|
|1972||Brooks Robinson*||1985||Don Baylor||1998||Sammy Sosa|
|1973||Al Kaline*||1986||Garry Maddox||1999||Tony Gwynn*|
|1974|| Willie Stargell*||1987||Rick Sutcliffe ||2000||Al Leiter|
|1975||Lou Brock*|| 1988||Dale Murphy ||2001||Curt Schilling|
|1976||Pete Rose||1989||Gary Carter*||2002||Jim Thome|
|1977||Rod Carew*||1990 ||Dave Stewart||2003||Jamie Moyer|
|1978 ||Greg Luzinski ||1991 || Harold Reynolds||2004||Edgar Martinez|
|1979||Andre Thornton||1992 ||Cal Ripken, Jr.*||2005|| John Smoltz|
|1980 ||Phil Niekro*||1993||Barry Larkin ||2006||Carlos Delgado|
|1981|| Steve Garvey||1994||Dave Winfield*||2007||Craig Biggio|
|1982||Ken Singleton||1995||Ozzie Smith*||2008||Albert Pujols|
|1983 ||Cecil Cooper||1996||Kirby Puckett* ||2009||Derek Jeter|
* 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.