NEW YORK–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 21, 2003–Jamie Moyer of the Seattle Mariners has been named the 2003 winner of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by John Hancock, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today at a press conference prior to Game Three of the 2003 World Series at Pro Player Stadium.
The Roberto Clemente Award is presented each year to the Major League Baseball player who combines outstanding baseball skills with devoted work in the community. Moyer was selected from a list of 30 nominees, one from each Major League Club. The 30 Club nominees were announced in September as part of Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball in 2002 to honor the memory of Roberto Clemente and officially recognize the local Club recipients. In recognition of the Roberto Clemente Award nominees from each club, John Hancock Financial Services made a $2,500 contribution to each player’s charity of choice.
John Hancock will present Jamie Moyer with a $25,000 check to The Moyer Foundation in recognition of his selection as the 2003 Roberto Clemente Award winner. John Hancock also will make a $30,000 contribution in Moyer’s name to Roberto Clemente Sports City, a multi-purpose sports and education center in Puerto Rico.
“Roberto Clemente played the game of baseball with a great passion that could only be matched by his commitment to making a difference in the lives of those in need,” said Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “This award, given in Clemente’s honor, recognizes a player who not only puts his time and energy into the game of baseball, but extends that energy into the community. I congratulate Jamie Moyer for the skills he brings to our game, but more importantly for the work both he and his wife Karen have done to support the efforts of The Moyer Foundation. I would also like to thank John Hancock Financial Services for its continuing support of Major League Baseball and the Roberto Clemente Award.”
“It is a very special honor to be recognized with the Roberto Clemente Award, considering what it stands for,” said Jamie Moyer. “Roberto Clemente was among the first athletes whose good deeds showcased what athletes could bring to charities; his tragic death while serving others was an inspiration for generations of athletes, and non-athletes. Today, players throughout baseball really work hard to give back to their communities. It is very important and very necessary to me, and to my family, to do the work in the community we do. I am honored to be linked, in a small way, with Roberto Clemente.”
Jamie and his wife, Karen, have contributed countless hours, funds and resources to the community through The Moyer Foundation, which was created to offer encouragement, comfort and support to children and families who are enduring a time of profound distress – be it physical, emotional or financial. Since its inception, The Moyer Foundation has raised nearly $3 million in support of more than 100 different organizations. This year, Moyer also teamed up with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to create the Gregory Fund, a new initiative that raised nearly $250,000 in funds and awareness for early detection cancer research.
Moyer enjoyed an outstanding 2003 season, posting a 21-7 record (T-2nd AL) with a 3.27 ERA (T-6th AL). He ranks second on the Mariners all-time wins list, second in games started, second in career wins, second in innings pitched and fourth in strikeouts. Moyer earned his 100th win as a Mariner in 2003 and also was named to his first American League All-Star team. In 2001 — at the age of 38 – he joined the list of oldest first-time 20-game winners, which includes such greats as Cy Young, Warren Spahn, Phil Niekro and Grover Alexander (40). Moyer also posted the best winning percentage in the Major Leagues from 1996-2003 with a .692.
“My congratulations to Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen, for being selected this year’s recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by John Hancock,” said Vera Clemente. “Jamie has become one of the most accomplished pitchers in Mariners’ history, leading the Major Leagues in winning percentage over the last eight years. However, it’s his commitment to making a difference in the lives of those in need that makes him so deserving of the award.”
This annual award has been presented by Major League Baseball since 1971. In 1973 the award was named to honor Clemente, who died on December 31, 1972 during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The winner of the 2003 Roberto Clemente Award presented by John Hancock was selected by a panel of dignitaries including Commissioner Selig, Vera Clemente, the wife of the late Roberto Clemente and David D’Alessandro, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock Financial Services.
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