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DETROIT, MI – Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named the recipient of the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet today at a press conference prior to Game Four of the World Series at Comerica Park in Detroit. The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. The annual award 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 Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

“Major League Baseball is proud to present our most prestigious off-field honor, the Roberto Clemente Award, to Clayton Kershaw,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “His accomplishments on the mound at such a young age are well known to baseball fans, but I am delighted that our game can shine a light on Clayton’s extraordinary efforts with his wife Ellen to make a difference in the lives of children in Zambia. Clayton Kershaw is a leader through his inspiring example, and he is a wonderful representation of the enduring, philanthropic spirit of Roberto Clemente.”

Kershaw was selected from a list of 30 Club nominees by a panel of dignitaries that included Commissioner Selig; MLB Goodwill Ambassador and wife of Roberto Clemente, Vera Clemente; FOX broadcaster and former MLB All-Star Tim McCarver; FOX Broadcaster Joe Buck; Hall of Famer and TBS analyst Dennis Eckersley; 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; Hall of Famer, ESPN analyst and former Roberto Clemente Award winner Barry Larkin; ESPN analyst and former MLB All-Star Nomar Garciaparra; and senior correspondent Hal Bodley. Additionally, fans were able to cast a vote for the award exclusively on, and the winner of the fan vote was tallied as one vote among those cast by the selection panel.

Clayton Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, founded Kershaw’s Challenge, a charitable organization that encourages people to make a difference by giving back to at-risk children and communities in need. The charity has provided assistance to a variety of organizations, including to its cornerstone charity, “Arise Africa,” which is helping the Kershaws build and sustain an orphanage for children in Lusaka, Zambia called “Hope’s Home.” In addition to providing a safe haven for orphans, Kershaw’s Challenge also seeks to create an emergency fund for the children, many of whom suffer from diseases and infections related to HIV and AIDS. Each year, Kershaw and his wife travel to the orphanage to visit with the children and bring awareness to this issue. He has also co-written a book with Ellen, released in January 2012, entitled, “Arise: Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself,” which is about their life together and trips to Africa. Money raised from the book’s proceeds goes directly to Kershaw’s Challenge for Hope’s Home. In addition to Hope’s Home, Kershaw’s Challenge has also supported the Peacock Foundation in Los Angeles, which provides animal-assisted interventions and activities for at-risk youth by partnering with mental health practitioners, public service agencies, and community organizations. Kershaw’s Challenge is also involved with Mercy Street in his hometown of Dallas, Texas, which provides mentoring, sports and recreation, vocational and educational opportunities to young people in at-risk communities. Kershaw has participated in numerous Dodgers’ community initiatives such as the offseason Community Caravan, a Habitat for Humanity Build, the distribution of back packs and school supplies to 1,000 underserved children and the annual Dodgers Dream Foundation Youth Baseball Camp.

“It is an incredible honor to receive this award,” said Kershaw. “Just being associated with someone like Roberto Clemente is truly humbling and I am extremely grateful.”

“I am happy to congratulate Clayton Kershaw on being named the recipient of this year’s Roberto Clemente Award,” said Vera Clemente. “The work that this young man has accomplished to help youth around the world is wonderful, and we are proud to welcome him among the many players who have carried on Roberto’s legacy.”

On the field, Kershaw has established himself as one of the game’s best pitchers, earning the 2011 National League Cy Young Award, two All-Star selections (2011, 2012) and a Rawlings Gold Glove Award (2011). Kershaw has led the Majors in earned run average (ERA) in each of the last two seasons, becoming the first pitcher to do so since Pedro Martinez in 2002-03, and won the National League’s pitching Triple Crown in 2011, when in addition to the ERA title he tied for the league lead with 21 wins and led the NL with 248 strikeouts. Since making his debut on May 25, 2008, Kershaw has posted a 61-37 record and leads the Majors with both a 2.79 ERA and .215 opponents’ batting average in 151 games (149 starts) in that span. The 24-year-old southpaw was selected by the Dodgers in the first round (seventh overall pick) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas.

Kershaw is just the second Dodger to capture this prestigious award, joining Steve Garvey, who was the 1981 Roberto Clemente Award winner.

Kershaw joins a distinguished list of national Roberto Clemente Award recipients, which includes 14 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971 Willie Mays* 1982 Ken Singleton 1993 Barry Larkin* 2004 Edgar Martinez
1972 Brooks Robinson* 1983 Cecil Cooper 1994 Dave Winfield* 2005 John Smoltz
1973 Al Kaline* 1984 Ron Guidry 1995 Ozzie Smith* 2006 Carlos Delgado
1974 Willie Stargell* 1985 Don Baylor 1996 Kirby Puckett* 2007 Craig Biggio
1975 Lou Brock* 1986 Garry Maddox 1997 Eric Davis 2008 Albert Pujols
1976 Pete Rose 1987 Rick Sutcliffe 1998 Sammy Sosa 2009 Derek Jeter
1977 Rod Carew* 1988 Dale Murphy 1999 Tony Gwynn* 2010 Tim Wakefield
1978 Greg Luzinski 1989 Gary Carter* 2000 Al Leiter 2011 David Ortiz
1979 Andre Thornton 1990 Dave Stewart 2001 Curt Schilling 2012 Clayton Kershaw
1980 Phil Niekro* 1991 Harold Reynolds 2002 Jim Thome
1981 Steve Garvey 1992 Cal Ripken, Jr.* 2003 Jamie Moyer








* Member of The National Baseball Hall of Fame

For a full biography of Kershaw’s charitable endeavors, please visit the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet page at For more information about Kershaw’s Challenge, please visit

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  1. ken says:

    Kershaw is a great person, plus he is not fat.

    For those of you who never were 6-2 215 pounds or close to that here is reality.

    2 years ago when I was 55 I was 6-3, 220 lbs, average to small bone structure, lean muscles, and wore a 32 inch belt. That is equivalent to 6-2 and 215 lbs. There is absolutely no way that Crawford has been 6-2 215 for MANY MANY years. I might have 2-3 muscle groups close to being as large as him but that is it. I was not close to being as strong as him at the same height, weight and waist.

    When I was 250 lbs I was not as strong as him and had a much larger waist. Combining the opposite facts of his larger muscle mass and my larger gut it is easy for me to accurately conclude that he currently weighs 250.

    However, his curent inshape playing weight is probably 230 because of his muscular size.

    He is maybe 20 pounds over his curent age 31 in-shape playing weight for a person who has evolved from lean muscle to large muscle over the last 5 yeras.

    His weight is not the problem. His wrist is the problem.

    Ideas. Sign Chavez and DFA Uribe? Forget Cody Ross, he still wants to play full-time. Anibal Sanchez and Kuroda (126 OPS+) will be FAs and should be on the LAD Radar. Chris Reed is yet another one of Logan White’s pitcher draft busts. Ned should just go ahead and sign 2 more starters for multiple years.

  2. Bball says:

    I might just be upset that the giants won bit wasn’t this one of the most boring postseasons in a long time. I’m actually happy the baseball season is over. Also seeing the giants win it all makes me very depressed. I really hope this new dodgers team can mesh and get r done next year.

  3. Roger Dodger says:

    The Dodgers could begin to field a team with the players they have picked up from the Red Sox of late. So, you want to add Cody Ross?

    Maybe some of the players the Dodgers have signed and traded for over the past 10 years just were trade bate to begin with. That is, other teams did not want them.

    In this sport, if a team has a good player, and is not KC, Pittsburgh, or Seattle — they tend to keep them and let the A. Jones of this world leave.

  4. Rob says:

    Congrats Clayton and f?*k the midgets!

    • Badger says:

      Glad it’s over and though I didn’t watch all that much of it, the Tigers should be embarrassed. Now THAT was a choke job.

      You know who looks really fat? Miguel Cabrera.

      The Dodgers picked up players that have a combined lifetime WAR of well over 100. That may not mean much to some, but in today’s GM world that is huge. All of them are in the middle of their prime years. I will agree with ken about one thing, I would be more concerned about Crawford’s wrist than the fact he has a round face. (You know who else has a round face? Miguel Cabrera) What some of you seem to think is that Crawford needs to do in L.A. what he did in Tampa. I suggest to all of you that is just not the case. I doubt we see .300 with 50 stolen bases and a .360 OBP, but I submit we don’t need to see that for him to contribute to this team. I don’t care what he makes and neither do the Dodgers. Having him in left field and hitting in the two hole makes the Dodgers a better offensive team, and there isn’t a baseball GM thinker any where on the planet (except maybe here) that doesn’t recognize that. If he is healthy, he will contribute. Same with Kemp, same with Billingsley, same Lilly, with Gordon, Jansen, Guerra, Elbert – just get everyone in shape on the field and (you know who else doesn’t look like he is in very good shape? Miguel Cabrera) this will be a team that competes.

  5. Roger Dodger says:

    To add to Badger’s thought — it is not his year totals that concern me about Crawford, it is, can he get the single or double needed in key games — or like so many of the Dodgers . . . just hit a little ground ball to second.

    Say, on the World Series, the Giants played like they are built. Pitching, defense, and key hitting.

    The Tigers were playing like the Dodgers. Big names, little production when needed.

    • Badger says:

      I dint watch much of it, but, without looking, I would say this one was on the list of least watched World Series’ of all time. A real snoozer.

      The Dodgers pitching is better than the gints. The Dodgers lineup is better than the gints. What the Dodgers need to do is what the gints just did – believe in each other and play as a team. Will a bunch of overpaid prima donnas be able to do that in tinsel town? Stay tuned.

      Come on Carl, make some of these dodgertalk haters eat crow.

  6. ken says:

    WS – Surprised, disgusted, amazed. Wow!

    Wasn’t it just 5 years ago that so many people were laughing at Sabean because the gints had not won a WS in 50 years, were an old team, had traded away their farm system, and therefore had no hope for the future.

    Now they are playing the “Dodger Way” and have won the WS twice in the last 3 years.

    Pitching, fielding, and clutch hitting with a positive attitude and “hitting the ball were it is pitched” unlike so many dodgers who appear to have the same swing every time and hope the pitch will hit their bat.

    The Tigers choked and played like the dodgers of 2012.

    The positive thing about the gints winning the WS is that it really cuts to the bone for all dodger fans and more importantly the dodger players. Any player with an IQ above 80 should be able to understand that the gints have an attitude and approach that is different than the dodger players and therefore the dodger players need to man up, lay down on the coach, and figure out how to change their heads. Change begins in the head before it can begin changing in the body. Every dodger should listen to Romo’s, the gints closer, WS TV interview once a week until ST starts.

    I have New Hope for the future that the embarrassment of watching the gints win the WS will cause all dodger players to reflect upon their real problem of mental perspective.

  7. Bobby says:

    I’d love not to discuss Carl Crawford’s body fat % on this board for the next few days!!

    Now that this useless baseball season is over, let’s go make moves!!!!

    Any updates on Dee in the AZL? Any updates on Jake Peavy wanting to come here?

    • Badger says:

      You know who else is too fat to play baseball? Pablo Sandoval. He’s no good. If he would lose some weight, imagine what he could do.

      Bobby, methinks there is a small storm out east that has prevented any games from being played that direction.

      ken, now that the “underdog” gints have won this thing, and the overpaid Detroyt big dogs laid down and took a nap for the World Series, maybe the midgets management will have to pay those guys more money and they too will lie around in the shade and be served. We can hope.

      OK, now the real season begins…. the OFF season. Time to get jiggy with it Jed.

  8. ken says:

    The Dodgers best offensive prospect on the team in Joc Pederson is hitting .103 and has yet to record an extra base hit. The Dodgers best pitching prospect on the team in Chris Reed has a 11.81 ERA, a WHIP of 3.19, and a batting average against of .429. Two other Dodger relievers in Red Patterson and Eric Eadington both have ERA’s over 7.00

    Who has Logan drafted since 2006?

  9. ken says:

    “In your weekly Dee Gordon update, the speedster only played twice this week and went 3 for 9 with a triple. In total he’s hitting .324 but has made 4 errors in 8 games and has 9 K’s vs 2 walks.” TB LA

  10. Badger says:

    You know who else is really fat – Prince Fielder. He will never amount to anything as long as he carrying all the extra weight.

    Gordon with 4 errors? Must be those bad fields down there in the Dominican. They have had some really nasty weather, and don’t have the money to maintain their fields. Yeah, that’s it. 9 K’s and 2 BB’s. That’s an interesting ratio.

    You know who else was really fat? Tony Gwynn. Imagine how good that guy could have been if he hadn’t carried all those extra pounds.

    Talk heard at the local coffee shop – “Heard the Giants won.” “Yeah, they beat the Cowboys.”

  11. ken says:

    1,000 miles wide hurricane, 10 ft surge plus 20 ft waves. Hold on.

    • Bobby says:

      Yeah, to all of you in the East, stay safe. We here in LA have to deal with 80* and sun today, so we have no clue what you’re going thru!

      I hate the Giants. This sucks

  12. Badger says:

    You know who else was too fat? Babe Ruth. Imagine what he could have done if he weren’t so damn fat.

    You guys ever heard of HAARP?

    • el_che says:

      ok but we’re talkin bout a guy whose speed is his best asset not power .jes u think thats whats causing all this shit?

  13. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Let me reiterate what Badger said above. The Dodgers do not need Carl Crawford to be a facsimile of what he was in Tampa Bay. What he will provide, if healthy, is a consistent bat, probably in the #2 hole, with the speed to take extra bases, some occasional HR pop, and a line drive swing that results in extra base hits into the gaps and down the lines. He should also provide better defense in LF. His presence in the lineup will be greatly enhanced if we have a productive Dee Gordon in the lead-off spot in front of him, and a healthy Matt Kemp behind him.

    At this stage all discussion about what the Dodgers will be next season is premature. I prefer to wait and see what they do between now and spring training.

  14. Gionfriddo says:

    Badger, how bout the immortal little fat man, Hack Wilson? That calorically challenged drunkard had 190 RBI in ’30.. Wilson was @ least 30-40 lbs overweight in ’30– look @ the pictures– they don’t lie… He might have driven in 215 runs had he been in peak physical condition…

    • Badger says:

      I remember reading about him friddo. Yeah, too bad he was so fat. He could have really been a great player.

      You know who else was fat? Yogi Berra. Too bad he carried so much weight around, he might have won a World Series or two had he not been so fat. The Pirates had a catcher back in the 60′s named Smokey Burgess. Dude was 5’8″ and weighed 187 pounds. That’s got to be 20 pounds overweight don’t you think? Heck, he could be in the HOF if he had lost some weight. I was at a game in the Coliseum around 1961 and he hit a screaming line drive into the seats down at the end of the Dodger dugout. I was down there in about row 10 and everybody just parted as the ball came right at us. Some little old lady behind us took it right in the face. They carted her out on a gurney. I always wondered what happened to that poor woman. If Burgess wasn’t so fat, maybe he wouldn’t have pulled the ball so hard down the line. Maybe he would have straightened it out. He only hit .295 as a pro. He could have hit .300 if he would have lost some weight.

  15. DodgerDude says:

    So are Sandavol, Ruth, Gwynn and Fielder speedsters? The geezers arguments are trying to compare apples to pineapples. Crawfords’ game is speed and he is fat compared to his speedster years. If he doesn’t have his speed, the Dodgers will be looking for another LF soon. That’s a pathetic argument. I would think you guys could do better.

    Find me a fat guy who stole 70 bases.

    • Badger says:

      Babe Ruth stole 123.

      How’s that wise ass?

      We don’t need Crawford to steal 70 bases. In fact, if you read the stats on the guy, he never has stolen 70 bases. He lead the league 4 times, and stole 60 once, but never 70. (you buy them books, you send them to school). What we need him to do is hit .285, get on base at or near .350, score over 90 runs, and play good defense. He has enough speed to get 30+ stolen bases and take the extra base now and then.

      Why are you people rushing to judgment here? Your mind is already made up on this guy and he hasn’t played a game yet. Sad.

    • Gionfriddo says:

      Veiled humor, Dodger Dude… The absurdity brought out to punctuate the rush to judgement.. I’ll say this for the THIRD time on this site– I watched Crawford @ Fenway in person the 1st week of August (just weeks before his elbow surgery) and the man had 5 hits (HR, 2 doubles) in the 2 games I watched— one of the doubles was a leg double that only a few ML players could have got– Crawford, when healthy, CAN STILL FLY, period..

      Hey, what about Double X, Jimmie Foxx?? Big biceps and all (plus 534 career jacks), but look @ the photos of the man and his beer gut– very Kruk-esque I might add.. Dude would have mashed 700 HR had he been in shape…

      • Badger says:

        Kruk!! Good call friddo.

        Another large dude. He stole 58 bases.

        Guess humor is a lost art form around here. You me and Brooklyn will just wait and see. Others minds are made up.

  16. Badger says:

    Ervin Santana anyone? He had a 1.27 WHIP and a 5.16 ERA. That ain’t easy to do. Dude gave up a league leading 39 dingers. Maybe he can rebound at Dodger Stadium.

  17. DodgerDude says:

    Crawford has not been relevant in two years. The Dodgers need to Crawford of 3-6 years ago when he was noticeably thinner. Much thinner. I’m sure you can see that. Just Google Carl Crawford and look at him – he’s bigger – it’s probably not all fat, but Matt Kemp re-shaped his body a couple of years ago and Crawford needs to do the same.

    Brooklyn said that the Dodgers don’t need him to do what he did in Tampa. Yes we do! If he’s not that guy, he’s not even close to what the Dodgers need.

    Also, counting on Gordon and Crawford to be #1 and #2 hitters is really a stretch in my opinion.

    I’m not saying that Crawford won’t re-gain his gusto, but he has to change his body to do it. Someone said he needs to be 200 pounds. I’d agree with that. He is a lot more than that right now.

  18. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    “Brooklyn said that the Dodgers don’t need him to do what he did in Tampa. Yes we do! If he’s not that guy, he’s not even close to what the Dodgers need.”

    I’ll stand by my statement. If Crawford gives us what he did in Tampa, then watch out. However, if he gives us .280, steals 20-30 bases, produces a high percentage of extra bases hits, takes extra bases with regularity, and plays good defense, he will be a huge asset. And let me add, the comment that he “has not been relevant in two years” is technically true, but a stretch nevertheless. He definitely had a bad 2011, very reminiscent of Carlos Beltran in the first year of his big contract with the Mets. This past year Crawford didn’t contribute all that much, but that’s in a season where he played in only 31 games. And in those 31 games he showed signs of rebounding, hitting .282, with 15 of his 33 hits being for extra bases (10 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR). And the spacious ballparks of the NL West are clearly conducive to extra base hits. And the chubby Mr. Crawford managed to steal 5 bases in those 31 games (a rate that works out to 26 stolen bases in 162 games), and was thrown out ZER0 times. Given that his injury this past year had nothing to do with any weight issue, I am confidant that, if the surgery was a success, Crawford will be primed and ready to go in 2013. And if he’s a little overweight now (with the emphasis on “little”), I am guessing that that won’t be the case when he arrives for spring training.

    And going back to the part about Crawford not being close to what the Dodgers need, let me add this. In 2011 the Dodgers had nothing in LF. Simply put, it was a vast wasteland. If Kemp is healthy, A-Gon returns to being A-Gon, and Hanley Ramirez produces, then a good (doesn’t have to be great) year of from Crawford will give added length to the Dodger lineup, making it far more formidable than what we saw in 2012. And it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if Crawford gets off to a modest start, and continues to build on it as the year progresses.

    And I’m not even considering above what a more mature and experienced Dee Gordon might add to the lineup. I’m more focused on Crawford having a good year in the context of a much more formidable overall lineup. I have a feeling that everyone in this lineup will feed off of each other, especially since for the most part they’ve gotten accustomed to each other. Even Crawford, who unlike the other newcomers, will have a chance to become part of the Dodger culture from the start in spring training.

    • Badger says:

      There you go being logical again. You know how that flies around here.

      Nobody knows for sure what kind of shape Crawford is in. He has always had a round face so he looks like he could be slightly overweight, but again, to look at a video of a guy in a suit and say he is thirty pounds overweight just makes whoever says it look silly. We will know what kind of shape he is in on Opening Day and not before.

      Last year he played fine when he was playing and he was playing hurt. Everything I read says he should recover from the surgery just fine. As long as he continues his boot camp work-outs, I would think he will be back to the player he once was. .285 with 95 runs scored and 30 stolen bases gives us an incredible upgrade in the two hole. And, this guy won a Gold Glove two years ago, so he sure as hell is going to be an upgrade defensively.

      Crow pie is coming your way haters.

  19. Brooklyn Dodger says:

    Sorry, I meant “in 2012 the Dodgers had nothing in LF”, NOT 2011.
    Although, come to think of it, they didn’t have much out there in 2011 either.

  20. tdf says:

    I read something about the Dodgers open to the idea of trading Ethier, so much for sending him to Boston we already took all of their players Haa! What kind of return could the Dodgers get if he was to be traded. Any ideas?

    • Badger says:

      “Any ideas?”

      I don’t have any. I thought he was the perfect fit in RF for Boston. That didn’t work. Now I would to send him back home to Arizona in a deal for Justin Upton, but that won’t happen either. I think he stays in L.A..

  21. Gionfriddo says:

    How about paying a large chunk of the 85 million left on his deal (which might have to happen in any case) and dealing him to Tampa along with Gordon, Zach Lee, and Tolleson for Price & Zobrist?? U asked for a thought — that’s not only a thought but a huge reach.. But, it’s officially the off season so let the rumors begin..

  22. ken says:

    Wow, Ned cleaned house today getting rid of all 10 potential cuts. Ned usually waits until the last minute and he had until the end of the week to get rid of Rivera, Treanor, and Coffey. Finally no suspense. 36 players, plus League,plus more signings, plus 4-5 Rule 5 players? I think that a few trades and/or some more DFAs are imminent.

  23. Superb post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?

    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Thank you!


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