Adrián González is named the Dodgers’ 2016 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.
The annual award recognizes one player from each MLB Club who “best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.” González has been the Dodgers’ nominee three of the last four seasons (2013, 2015 and 2016).
Here’s more from an MLB press release:
Each Club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. González is one of the 30 finalists.
González provides services in health, athletics and education through the Adrián and Betsy González Foundation and serves as an ambassador for PADRES Contra el Cáncer (Parents Against Cancer), an organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. González has supported PADRES since joining the Dodgers in 2012. The Adrián González Scholarship program provides financial assistance to underprivileged students attending four-year colleges and universities. There are currently 60 Adrián González scholars in college and the graduation record is more than 90%.
González has made a significant commitment in support of youth baseball in Mexico, including launching the Telmex Adrián González Baseball League for youngsters ages 14-15 in 2015. The Telmex Adrián González Baseball League champions will be treated to a trip to Dodger Stadium courtesy of González during the club’s last homestand of the regular season. They will meet González and several of his teammates, watch Dodger batting practice and attend two games.
This marks the fourth season of Adrián González’s Viva Los Dodgers program, which has played host to 72 fans per Sunday home game (18 families of four) and provides one parking pass per each group of four throughout each season. Tickets are located in the All-You-Can-Eat right-field pavilion and access to the family friendly pregame festival, Viva Los Dodgers. Families have the chance to meet, take photos with and receive autographs from current and former Dodger players, including González.
González also played host to a youth baseball team of 15- to 17-year-olds from Aguascalientes, Mexico, this season who were stranded in the Los Angeles area by a sponsor that broke its commitment to pay half the team’s expenses for their stay. González and the Dodgers invited the team to the stadium for a VIP experience and donated in-kind items for the youth team to auction and raise funds. González also filmed a PSA in support of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)’s #StopTheViolence campaign.
Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can participate in the process of selecting the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on social media for the first time by posting voting hashtags to Twitter and Facebook. Dodger fans can vote for González by using #VoteAdrian.