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09/13/2011 5:07 PM ET
Juan Pierre named White Sox nominee for the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet
Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, Fans Can Vote for the National Award Recipient on And Register for a Chance to Win a Trip to 2011 World Series
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Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, today announced that Juan Pierre was named the White Sox 2011 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. Pierre is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Tomorrow will mark the tenth 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 pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. It is named for the 12-time MLB 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.

Pierre began his own charitable cause, "Pierre's Pack," in 2003, to assist inner-city youths from different non-profit agencies. Six times a year, Pierre provides "Pack" members with transportation, food, drink, t-shirts and a suite to enjoy a White Sox game.

The outfielder also participates with the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and serves as the White Sox RBI Honorary Team Captain, having spent time with and speaking to his teams prior to White Sox home games.

Pierre has participated in teams' fan festivals throughout his career, including SoxFest in January and Jackie Robinson Luncheon in April. In August, Pierre was part of Chicago's Bud Billiken Parade and he also attended the Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham "Grand Slam Party," a fundraiser for Children's Home + Aid adoption agency. The outfielder also worked at a soup kitchen and participated in the Boys & Girls Club holiday party last December.

He will be recognized during in special ceremony tomorrow prior to the start of the White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers game at 1:10 p.m. CT.

"Juan truly embodies the mission of Chicago White Sox Charities and our community outreach initiatives," said Christine O'Reilly, White Sox senior director of community relations. "He has helped improved the improve the lives of so many inner-city kids by offering them opportunities they might not otherwise be able to afford." "I am humbled to receive this nomination," said Pierre. "Roberto Clemente was a great man on and off-the field, and it is a true privilege to be considered for the Award named in his honor."

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

1971 - Willie Mays*1985 - Don Baylor1998 - Sammy Sosa
1972 - Brooks Robinson*1986 - Garry Maddox1999 - Tony Gwynn*
1973 - Al Kaline*1987 - Rick Sutcliffe2000 - Al Leiter
1974 - Willie Stargell*1988 - Dale Murphy2001 - Curt Schilling
1975 - Lou Brock*1989 - Gary Carter*2002 - Jim Thome
1976 - Pete Rose1990 - Dave Stewart2003 - Jamie Moyer
1977 - Rod Carew*1991 - Harold Reynolds2004 - Edgar Martinez
1978 - Greg Luzinski1992 - Cal Ripken, Jr.*2005 - John Smoltz
1979 - Andre Thornton1993 - Barry Larkin2006 - Carlos Delgado
1980 - Phil Niekro*1994 - Dave Winfield*2007 - Craig Biggio
1981 - Steve Garvey1995 - Ozzie Smith*2008 - Albert Pujols
1982 - Ken Singleton1996 - Kirby Puckett*2009 - Derek Jeter
1983 - Cecil Cooper1997 - Eric Davis2010 - Tim Wakefield
1984 - Ron Guidry  
* Member of Baseball Hall of Fame

Beginning on Roberto Clemente Day, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting, a site powered by and created specifically for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet platform, to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Voting ends on October 9, and participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2011 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 Commissioner Selig; Vera Clemente, MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of the late Hall of Famer; Baseball Hall of Famer, TBS analyst and former Roberto Clemente Award winner Cal Ripken Jr.; MLB Network analyst, TBS broadcaster and former Roberto Clemente Award winner John Smoltz; MLB Network analysts and former Roberto Clemente Award winners Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds; and senior correspondent Hal Bodley.

All Clubs playing at home on September 14 will acknowledge their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while visiting Clubs will honor their nominees before another September home game.

As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and the official dugout lineup cards.

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