Jimmy Rollins up for Roberto Clemente Award


Aug 17, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins (11) throws the ball to first base during the sixth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

With time running out on the vote,  Philadelphia Phillies’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins may be named the 2014 winner of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.

Voting for the award ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on October 6th.  Fans can vote for a finalist from each Major League Baseball team.  The winner will be announced during the World Series, much like the Hank Aaron Award for which Phillies’ outfielder Marlon Byrd is up for.

The Roberto Clemente Award recognizes players for their off-the-field charitable contributions and humanitarian efforts displayed by the great Roberto Clemente himself.

The award overview biography for Jimmy Rollins on MLB’s official website reads:

"Jimmy Rollins is the longest-tenured professional athlete in Philadelphia, and his community involvement has focused on helping children for 15 years. An All-Star, a Gold Glove Award-winning shortstop and the all-time Phillies hit leader, Jimmy is also a leader in the community. He has made a positive impact through the Rollins Family Foundation, which is dedicated to making healthy food available to children and families in need.As one of the most community-oriented athletes in Philadelphia’s history, Jimmy’s philanthropic efforts have raised more than $1 million for charity. Local charities that have benefited from his efforts include Celebrity BaseBOWL and Harlem Nights, benefitting Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania, The Food Trust, SHARE Food Program and St. Christopher’s Foundation. Jimmy also hosts educational and reading programs (J-Roll’s Aces and JRoll’s Readers), and he is proud to be a role model for the thousands of students these programs have reached.Jimmy supports Phillies Charities, Inc. especially advocating for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association. For years, his event involvement has played a significant role in the Phillies’ efforts to fight ALS.Jimmy was honored with the 2014 Phillies Community Service Award — the third time he was recognized with the highest community honor in the organization."

Only two previous members of the Phillies have ever won the award: Greg Luzinkski in 1978 and Philadelphia’s most recent winner, Garry Maddox, in 1986.