The Roberto Clemente award is an annual award presented by MLB to the player who, according to Wikipedia:
"best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team"
and according to MLB.com
"The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others. Each club nominates a player in September. The winner is selected from 30 nominees during the World Series."
Last year, Carlos Beltran of the Cardinals won the award. Two years ago, it was Clayton Kershaw. The only time a Brewers player has won was in 1983, when Cecil Cooper proved his inner-Clementeness.
Each of the 30 ballclubs has one of their players nominated for the award each year. This year, the Brewers have nominated Ryan Braun. Here is the full slate of nominees:
This is hilarious. This is so hilarious. The Brewers nominee Ryan Braun, who so many baseball fans deride as having ruined a mans life (he didn't) and having destroyed the sanctity and integrity of baseball by taking steroids (he didn't [didn't destroy baseball anyway, he did do the steroid thing]).
Think of the reactions! You don't have to think! You can see them!
Ryan Braun as a nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award? Seriously?— Wendy Rubin (@WendyJill31) September 16, 2014
I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS.
Everyone, this is now an incredibly important thing. Fan voting begins tomorrow on this award. This award is partially voted on by fans. Milwaukee Brewers fans are the best in the league at voting for stupid things. Ryan Braun winning an award for the player who best exemplifies baseball is even more hilarious than if he were to win MVP. To be fair, there's a panel of dignitaries who get the most votes, but one vote comes from the fans. This is the vote that counts, in our hearts.
This is amazing. Please help me vote Ryan Braun for the 2014 MLB Roberto Clemente award.