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Josh Willingham named award nominee

Outfielder Josh Willingham was named the Washington Nationals' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented annually to the big league player who combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding on-field performance. Wednesday marks the ninth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which Major League Baseball created to honor the Hall of Famer's legacy and to recognize nominees for the award among the 30 clubs.

Since joining the Nationals in 2009, Willingham, who is out for the season after surgery on his left knee on Aug. 25, has devoted a significant amount of time to the foundation he founded with his wife Ginger that same year. The Josh Willingham Foundation is committed to providing life-changing opportunities for underprivileged children in communities in which the Willinghams have lived and focuses on their hometown of Florence, Ala.

Clemente was a 12-time All-Star for Pittsburgh who died in a plane crash in 1972 while attempting to deliver relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

By Gene Wang  |  September 8, 2010; 12:23 AM ET
 | Tags: Josh Willingham Foundation, Roberto Clemente Award, Washington Nationals  
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Shocked, absolutely shocked that Rob Dibble wasn't the Natinals nominee for this award.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 8, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Always great to see an article about a player who isn't bigger then the game. Kudos to the Willinghams.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | September 8, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

bigger THAN the game.

This is now, that was then.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 8, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure that anyone will ever truly qualify for this award, in light of what Roberto Clemente did, sacrifice his life trying to get to earthquake ravaged citizens, that being said JWill is i'm sure a very deserving recepient of this award, and oh yeah Roberto was a hell of a player five tool for sure.

Posted by: dargregmag | September 8, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

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