Outfielder Angel Pagan will be the Mets nominee for the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award. The award is presented annually to the player who demonstrates the values that Clemente displayed in his commitment to the community. Last season, Derek Jeter of the Yankees won the award; Johan Santana was the Mets’ nominee.
“When you see Roberto Clemente, you don’t only see the baseball player,” Pagan said. “You see the example out of the lines, the great example giving back to the community — that’s how he died. That’s the legacy he left, especially for us as Puerto Ricans. He was the best player ever to be born from Puerto Rico, so when you see Roberto Clemente, you see a professional baseball player outside and inside the lines. He was a big example for us.”
Fans, who can cast votes for any of the 30 club nominees through Oct. 8 on MLB.com, will once again have the opportunity to help select the national winner. Voters will automatically be registered for a chance to win a trip for four to the 2010 World Series to see the national winner receive the Roberto Clemente Award. Vote for Pagan by clicking here.
Prior to Friday evening’s game at Citi Field, the Mets will honor Pagan.