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09/07/2010 9:18 PM ET
Curtis Granderson named the New York Yankees' nominee for the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet
Fans can vote for the national award recipient on and register for a chance to win a trip to 2010 World Series
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Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that Curtis Granderson was named the New York Yankees' 2010 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Granderson is one of the 30 club nominees who are finalists for the national award, which is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field. Tomorrow will mark the ninth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente's legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recognizes players who best represent the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their clubs. The award is named for the 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The award pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing talented current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

Granderson established the Grand Kids Foundation in 2008, an organization that focuses on improving opportunities for inner-city youth in the areas of education and youth baseball. The foundation has recently partnered with the 2010 ING New York City Marathon to create "Team Granderson," a charitable team created to help raise money and awareness for stronger educational programs for inner-city youth. He has also taken part in various public service announcement movements, including the White House's anti-obesity campaign, and most recently, has served as a spokesman for the New York Public Library's summer reading program.

This marks Granderson's third Roberto Clemente Award nomination (also 2007 and 2009 with Detroit). The New York Yankees outfielder has received several awards in recognition of his exceptional community service, including the 2009 Jefferson Award for Public Service from All Stars Helping Kids as a top athlete who has given back to his community and the 2009 Marvin Miller Award, as voted by MLB Players, for his work on and off the field that inspires others to higher levels of achievement.

The Yankees will recognize Granderson's nomination for this year's Clemente Award with an on-field ceremony prior to their 1:05 p.m. ET game vs. the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The distinguished list of national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes 13 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971 Willie Mays* 1984 Ron Guidry 1997 Eric Davis
1972 Brooks Robinson* 1985 Don Baylor 1998 Sammy Sosa
1973 Al Kaline* 1986 Garry Maddox 1999 Tony Gwynn*
1974 Willie Stargell* 1987 Rick Sutcliffe 2000 Al Leiter
1975 Lou Brock* 1988 Dale Murphy 2001 Curt Schilling
1976 Pete Rose 1989 Gary Carter* 2002 Jim Thome
1977 Rod Carew* 1990 Dave Stewart 2003 Jamie Moyer
1978 Greg Luzinski 1991 Harold Reynolds 2004 Edgar Martinez
1979 Andre Thornton 1992 Cal Ripken, Jr.* 2005 John Smoltz
1980 Phil Niekro* 1993 Barry Larkin 2006 Carlos Delgado
1981 Steve Garvey 1994 Dave Winfield* 2007 Craig Biggio
1982 Ken Singleton 1995 Ozzie Smith* 2008 Albert Pujols
1983 Cecil Cooper 1996 Kirby Puckett* 2009 Derek Jeter
* Member of Baseball Hall of Fame

Fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting, powered by and created specifically for the Roberto Clemente Award platform, from Sept. 7 to Oct. 8, to vote for one of the 30 club nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2010 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced.

The winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by the selection panel, which includes Vera Clemente, wife of the late Hall of Famer; Commissioner Selig; MLB Network analyst and former Roberto Clemente Award winner Harold Reynolds; MLB Network analyst, TBS broadcaster and former Roberto Clemente Award winner John Smoltz; Hall of Famer and ESPN broadcaster Joe Morgan; former All-Star catcher and FOX broadcaster Tim McCarver; and senior correspondent Hal Bodley.

MLB celebrates Roberto Clemente Day as part of the broader "MLB Going Beyond" platform, which strives to integrate community service and the importance of giving back.

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