White Sox: Jose Abreu Finalist for Roberto Clemente Award
By Matt Manetti
Jose Abreu is the White Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. The award recognizes the player who represents the game through community outreach.
Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award. The first baseman is in the midst of another great season (.300 batting average, 27 home runs, 82 RBIs) but it’s his work off the field, he is being recognized for.
Each season Major League Baseball presents the award to the player who represents the game through community outreach. Each club nominates a player then fans and a panel votes on the eventual winner. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson won the award last year when he was with the New York Mets.
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Commissioner Rob Manfred considers this award the most prestigious one in baseball. It’s a great honor to get the nomination. Abreu has done so much in his short time in baseball. And it’s great to see get recognized for the work he does off the field. He definitely uses his platform as an MLB start to do good for the community.
The fan portion of the vote is Oct. 2-6. That votes counts as one vote and a panel will vote the rest. Vera Clemente, Roberto’s wife, is a part of the panel.
Abreu means a lot to the organization and he has shown to be a class act. Not only has he performed on the field but he has also done a lot of good since coming to the MLB.
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Hopefully Sox fans get out there and vote for Abreu. Abreu is definitely a leader in the clubhouse and it’s no surprise to him as the team’s nominee. We wish him the best and hopefully he is named the recipient.