BALTIMORE (WJZ) — MLB announced that Adam Jones was named the Orioles’ 2016 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a player from each MLB club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Each club nominates one current player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character.
On September 15, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles will present Jones with the Roberto Clemente Award during an on-field ceremony.
Jones, a former Boys & Girls Club member, has teamed up with the Orioles to help to renovate three Boys & Girls Clubs in Baltimore over the past three years including, most recently, the Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Clubs through a $75,000 donation. Jones annually supports the Jackie Robinson Foundation’s scholarship program, giving deserving teens an opportunity to pursue their dreams of attending college. He also serves as an Honorary Chair of the Y of Central Maryland’s “Send a Kids to Camp” campaign, a program that raises necessary funds to provide a safe, productive summer for children from struggling families throughout central Maryland.
To expand access to youth baseball, Jones has donated to the Orioles Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and regularly participates in the Baltimore City Youth Clinic to teach children and teenagers the fundamentals of the game. Each year, Jones also donates to the OriolesREACH Gameday Experience program, giving underprivileged youth an opportunity to attend an Orioles game.
Jones has received several prestigious awards for his ongoing commitment to community service.
In 2016, he was once again named the Orioles recipient of the Heart & Hustle Award by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, an award he has won three times. In the past year, he was presented with the 2015 Players Choice Award as the Marvin Miller Man of the Year and with the prestigious Governor’s Service Award in Maryland.
Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans can participate in the process of selecting the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on social media for the first time by posting voting hashtags to Twitter and Facebook.
Orioles fans can vote for Jones by using #VoteAdam.