Rivera, Robertson nominated for sportsmanship and community service awards

Playoffs or no playoffs, the Yankees are in need of major change this offseason
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Mariano Rivera has been named one of six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, the MLBPA announced. The award is given annually “for outstanding on-field performance and off-field contributions to the community.” Past winners include Chipper Jones, Curtis Granderson, and Jim Thome. The other five finalists are Chase Utley, Carlos Beltran, Adrian Gonzalez, and former Yankees Raul Ibanez and Nick Swisher.

In other award nomination news, the Yankees announced that David Robertson has been named the team’s Roberto Clemente Award nominee. That award is given annually to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Derek Jeter, Ron Guidry, and Ken Singleton are among the past winners. Each team’s nominee can be seen here, and the fan voting opens tomorrow. Congrats to both Rivera and Robertson. They do a ton of work for charity and in the community and they deserve to be recognized for it.

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Playoffs or no playoffs, the Yankees are in need of major change this offseason
Monday Night Open Thread
  • Eddard

    Mariano deserves every single award possible this season as a lifetime achievement award. He does a lot of work in his native Panama. And I like how last night the Sox gave him a couple bucks in an envelope for his charity down there. And now to present your other gifts here is our great slugger, our great 2nd baseman and our unhittable closer! Let’s make this about us rather than you, Mariano! Classless.

    • SDB

      It’s rare that I agree with you, but that ceremony last night did leave an odd taste in my mouth at points – parts of it seemed more about showing up/hyping up Pedroia, Ortiz and Koji, rather than simply celebrating Mo.

      But still, this farewell tour’s been something special. And it’s only now sinking in that we have <2 weeks of Mo remaining.