ST. LOUIS -- Relief pitcher Wesley Wright was named as the Astros' nominee for the Roberto Clemente 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, on Tuesday.
"I think Roberto Clemente was a great player, as well as a great man, and he did a lot of great things on and off the field," Wright said. "I'm honored to be nominated and represent the Astros. Whether I win or not, it's still a great thing."
Fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting mlb.com/clementeaward to vote for one of the 30 nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 14, and the winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by a selection panel.
Wright said community involvement is vital.
"It's really important," he said. "I think it's probably our duty to do that. So many people come out and support us on a regular basis, and if you can give something back to the community it's well worth doing. I try to do it here in Houston as well as back home in Alabama."
The Roberto Clemente Award is named for the 15-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.