Phillies: Aaron Nola nominated for Roberto Clemente Award

Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Aaron Nola #27 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Phillies’ Aaron Nola is an ace both on and off the baseball diamond

The nominees for the esteemed Roberto Clemente Award were recently announced, one for each team in Major League Baseball. And, representing the Philadelphia Phillies is right-handed ace Aaron Nola. The annual award is given to a player who demonstrates traits such as extraordinary character and philanthropy, both on and off the field.

Nola was nominated for his work with organizations such as “Shred Hate” — an anti-bullying program, a Philadelphia area hunger relief organization called Philabundance, a high school organization that provides mentors and assists students to be admitted and do well in college called Philadelphia Futures, an organization called Hospitality Assistance Response of Pennsylvania (HARP) that during the COVID crisis helps restaurant workers, as well as the ALS Association’s Greater Philadelphia and Louisiana-Mississippi Chapters, among others.

“I feel like a lot of fans see what we do on the field, but I think it’s more important off the field — as human beings — what we want to do and what we’re able to do,” Nola told “I think giving back off the field is real important. I’m grateful to use my platform on the field to help give back to others.”

Aaron and his brother Austin, of the San Diego Padres, hosted a celebrity charity bowling event earlier this year to raise money for ALS Awareness — which hits home to them due to their uncle being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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If Nola won the award this year, he would be the fourth Phillie to win, joining Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox, and Jimmy Rollins.

The Phillies franchise hits leader in Rollins won in 2014 along with Paul Konerko, who was named co-recipient that year.

Nola — great guy and a great pitcher!

Fans can vote until Sunday, September 27, by visiting this link.

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