Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who has been involved in various charity initiatives in Baltimore and his hometown of San Diego, has been named the club’s nominee for this year's Roberto Clemente Award.
The award is presented annually at the World Series to one big leaguer who has demonstrated a high level of character and meritorious community service, emulating the example set by Clemente, the Hall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder who died in a plane crash while attempting to help earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
This year, Jones and the Orioles' charitable foundation donated $75,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore for a project which will provide a new learning and technology center in the city. He’s heavily involved in the local Boys and Girls Club, the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program and is personally supporting a Jackie Robinson Foundation scholar, Alanah Grisham of San Diego, with a four-year college grant.
Among other charitable works, Jones also hosted 100 Orioles RBI league players and coaches this April in Baltimore for a private screening of the Jackie Robinson biopic “42.”
Other notable players nominated by their teams for the Clemente Award this year include Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, Tampa Bay’s David Price and Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman.