PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Oct. 12, 2012) – Former Rutgers baseball stars David DeJesus and Todd Frazier have been nominated for Major League Baseball’s 2012 Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet.
The annual award honors a player who demonstrates the values Clemente displayed in his commitment to community and understanding the value of helping others, while also recognizing the individual’s contribution to his team. Each club nominates one player, 30 in all, and the winner is selected during the World Series.
Frazier is associated with numerous charities, including the Reds Community Fund, the Miracle League of Greater Cincinnati, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Down Syndrome Association. DeJesus is equally as involved, being a part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hostpital, the Chicago Cubs Charities, the ALS Association – Greater Chicago Chapter, the Heart to Heart International and the Guadalupe Centers, Inc. Fans can vote for Frazier or DeJesus by Oct. 14 here.
Frazier’s Reds made the National League (NL) Division Series in the playoffs before falling to the San Francisco Giants in five games. DeJesus and the Cubs finished in fifth place in the NL Central Division.
Frazier had a breakout year in his first full season in “The Show.” His .273 regular-season average ranked third among NL rookies who had more than 400 plate appearances in 2012. He was third among NL rookies with 19 home runs and second with 67 RBIs. Frazier had a slugging percentage of .498, ranking fifth among all rookies and second among NL newcomers.
Frazier’s name covers the Rutgers record books, ranking first in single season runs (87), career runs (210), single-season home runs (22), career home runs (42), single-season total bases (187) and is tied for first in single-season doubles (24).
After spending the majority of his career with the Kansas City Royals, DeJesus played the 2011 season with the Oakland A’s. The Chicago Cubs signed DeJesus for the 2012 season, and his numbers were up from the previous year. DeJesus hit .263 with an on-base percentage of .350 in and played in 148 games to total 506 at-bats. The outfielder scored 76 runs for the Cubs with 28 doubles and eight triples. He is a .281 career hitter. He has played in 1,155 career games spanning nine MLB seasons.
The right fielder is second all-time at Rutgers in career runs (203), tied for third in triples (13), fourth in doubles (55) and ninth in hits (211).
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