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Clayton Kershaw named finalist for 2014 Roberto Clemente Award

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Another day, another award nomination for Clayton Kershaw. a The Dodgers ace was nominated on Tuesday as one of 30 finalists for the 2014 Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes a major leaguer "who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement."

There is one finalist from every major league team. Kershaw, who won the award in 2012, is trying to become the first two-time winner of the award, which began in 1971 (it was named the Commissioner's Award for two years before being named for Clemente after his tragic death in 1972).

Kershaw, won his second National League Player of the Week award of the season on Monday, and was also named one of six finalists for the players association's Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which also recognizes accomplishments both on and off the field.

"When you think about the Roberto Clemente award, you think about the man first and to be associated with him is an amazing thing," said Kershaw in a release. "To be nominated again for such an award and to be mentioned in the same breath as Roberto Clemente is very special and something I don’t take for granted. I’m truly humbled and honored to be nominated again."

Fans can vote online through Oct. 6 on the award, which will be presented during the 2014 World Series. The fan result will count for one vote, along with commissioner Bud Selig, commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, Clemente's widow Vera, and "representatives from Chevrolet, MLB Network, MLB.com, ESPN, FOX Sports and TBS, among others."

Kershaw (2012) and Steve Garvey (1981) are the only Dodgers to win the Clemente Award. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was the Dodgers' nominee in 2013, the award won by Carlos Betran.