Cleveland Indians pitcher Aaron Civale ’13 has been nominated for Major League Baseball’s prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the team announced on Tuesday, September 14.
According to a Major League Baseball press release, “The Roberto Clemente Award is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Every year, each MLB Club nominates a player to be considered for the Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character.”
Civale was nominated for his work with pediatric patients at the Cleveland Clinic, a nonprofit academic medical center, through his Pearls for Perseverance player program. A starting pitcher for the Cleveland team, Civale signs his warmup-ball from each of his games and sends it to children at the hospital. Many of the kids at the clinic also get to attend batting practice and meet Civale and other players at Progressive Field, the team’s home ballpark.
Civale also volunteers at Camp Curiosity, a summer camp in Cleveland for children in kindergarten through third grade focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.
Civale will be honored for his community work on Wednesday, September 22, at a pre-game ceremony marking Roberto Clemente Day at Progressive Field.
“It’s a huge honor to be nominated,” Aaron wrote on Twitter. “Such an incredible man to be mentioned in the same sentence as,” he added in reference to Clemente, and he finished the tweet with a well-known quote from Clemente: “Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth."
You can read the full write-up on Civale’s nomination on the MLB website and vote for him to win the award.