Paul Konerko, the newly retired great of the Chicago White Sox, and Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies were named co-winners of the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Konerko and Rollins were honored by Major League Baseball at a press conference prior to Game Three of the World Series at AT&T Park. This is the first time in the Award’s history that it has been presented to two winners in one year.
“Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins are two of baseball’s great ambassadors and have long distinguished themselves as leaders both on the field and in their communities,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “Their commitment to making a difference in the lives of children is a wonderful reflection of the legacy the legendary Roberto Clemente has left on our game and in society. Major League Baseball is proud to honor Jimmy and Paul, two veteran standouts who have represented the National Pastime with excellence, with our game’s most prestigious recognition.”
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recognizes Major League Baseball players who best represent the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. The annual Award pays tribute to Roberto Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. It is named for the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.