LOS ANGELES -- First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was named on Monday as the Dodgers' nominee for the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award, an annual honor given to the player who "best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement."
Gonzalez will be honored on the field at Dodger Stadium before the game against the Rockies on Wednesday, Roberto Clemente Day.
"It’s truly an honor to be our club’s Roberto Clemente Award nominee," Gonzalez said. "Roberto Clemente was an exemplary man, a great player and humanitarian. I’d like to thank the Dodgers and MLB for this very special recognition that means so much to me and my family."
On the field, Gonzalez is hitting .280/.358/.496 with 30 doubles and 27 home runs, leading the Dodgers in games, plate appearances, runs (72), doubles, home runs, RBI (84) and OPS.
Off the field, Gonzalez and his wife Betsy have been active in Los Angeles since joining the Dodgers in 2012. They have sponsored Adrian Gonzalez Viva Los Dodgers days, provided all-inclusive tickets to games for families in the LA area, and the duo have worked with Children's Hospital in Los Angeles as well.
In addition, Gonzalez during the offseason in Mexico participated in a telethon to help children with disabilities, cancer and autism.
"Since joining the club in 2012, Adrian has immersed himself in the Los Angeles community and has become a player fans admire for his contributions both on and off the field," said Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten. "I’ve seen his work first-hand here in L.A. and have also had the privilege of seeing Adrian’s work and influence in Mexico. We value his contributions and join Major League Baseball in congratulating him on his Clemente Award nomination."
Gonzalez was also the Dodgers' Roberto Clemente Award nominee in 2013.
Jimmy Rollins won the Roberto Clemente Award in 2014 with the Phillies. Clayton Kershaw was the last Dodgers player to win the honor, in 2012, joining Steve Garvey (1981) as the only Dodgers to win the award.
The 2015 award winner will be determined by a panel, which includes fan voting as well. Fans can vote online for the award through Oct. 9.