Bloomquist earns Roberto Clemente Award nomination

Bloomquist earns Roberto Clemente Award nomination

PHOENIX -- D-backs infielder Willie Bloomquist was named the club's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Bloomquist is one of the 30 club finalists, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

"It's obviously a huge honor and I'm really humbled about it," Bloomquist said. "There are some people who do a lot more in the community than I do that have won this award and been nominated for this award. For me, to be the nominee for this organization is a pretty cool thing."

Starting last year, Bloomquist has hosted a Phoenix Children's Hospital patient and his or her family for a VIP day at Chase Field one game each homestand. Bloomquist and his wife, Lisa, launched "The Abe and Max Fund" at Phoenix Children's Hospital after two patients made a lasting impact when visiting Chase Field in 2011.

The Roberto Clemente Award pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

"The fact of what he would do for his community and for his countrymen, he was, from what it sounds like, an unbelievable person," Bloomquist said of Clemente. "So to be mentioned in the same sentence is obviously a huge honor."

Bloomquist has been out with a strained lower back, but said he finally is starting to feel some improvement and hopes to be able to return before the season ends.