Sept. 13, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - Former Cal State Fullerton All-American and current Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero was named one of 30 Club nominees for this year's Roberto Clemente Award as announced by Major League Baseball.
The Clemente Award, originally known as the Commissioner's Award, recognizes the player that best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship and community involvement and contribution to his team. The award was renamed in honor of the Pirates' popular outfielder who died tragically in a plane crash delivering supplies to earthquake victims on New Year's Eve, 1972.
Romero, a native of East Los Angeles, is the first Titan since Oakland's Kurt Suzuki to earn a team nomination.
Romero has been an active participant in the Jays Care Foundation and has made a personal five-year donation of \$100,000. He serves as the organization's Rookie League Program, speaking to hundreds of at-risk youth in the surrounding area.
The southpaw also participates in numerous school visits through the year and off season, teaching school-aged kids the importance of healthy eating and proper physical activity.
In an effort to personally thank all of Toronto's special guests in 2011, Romero volunteered to catch all of the ceremonial first pitches thrown at Rogers Center - a duty typically shared by all of the players and coaches.
On top of all of his community work, Romero is putting up the best numbers of his three-year big league career. The lefty has 14 wins and a 3.01 ERA over 29 starts this season and has struck out 164 batters over 200.1 innings. His four complete games and two shutouts are career highs and was named an All-Star for the first time this year in Arizona.
Fan voting will count for a portion of the selection of this year's Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. You can cast your vote for former Titan Ricky Romero by going to the website below: