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Old 09-17-2014, 12:30 PM
 
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Was watching a special on Roberto and at the very end they mentioned that fans can now vote for a winner, which scared the daylights out of me since fans usually vote homer and the best guy doesn't win. But in looking at the actual voting process, the fans' "winner" only gets one vote among a panel of more than a dozen other folks, half of them former RCA winners themselves.

Anyway, I went over to the voting site and was looking at the charitable achievements of this year's nominees. Some great work being done by a lot of folks - and stuff I didn't realize, like Goldschmidt and his wife getting certifications and logging in 220 volunteer hours at a Phoenix hospital (as opposed to say a Ryan Braun mostly writing a bunch of checks).

As would be expected, a lot of the nominees work with children's hospitals, some (Rizzo, Glen Perkins) specializing in cancers, others (Konerko, Swisher, Sabathia) work with at-risk kids, and others (CJ Wilson, Cuddyer) work with "pay-it-forward" programs for young adults. A few (Morton, Kennedy, Verlander, Lowrie) specialize in military (and one of the oddest contributions is Steve Cishek, who collects used golf balls and clubs and sends them to troops in the Middle East). Many are involved in MLB's RBI program (notably Longoria and Beltre).

It's interesting reading the stories for each of the 30 nominees. You definitely get the feeling these guys aren't doing it because they're forced to do so (well, maybe Braun to clean up his image, lol).

Anyway, I was impressed with the depth of some of these commitments. And I learned a few things, like I wasn't aware that Jason Motte is responsible for the backwards K t-shirt that MLB has been promoting (although IMO, Motte would scare kids with that beard, lol).

If you're a fan, it's worth taking a look at each team's nominee for the RCA and what they're doing. With all the headlines from that other sport on beating kids and wives, it's an uplifting change.
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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I salute all of the nominees, as well as the players who do this sort of thing but were not nominated. I'm not really sure how I feel about staging a competition to determine one winner among them, they all deserve recognition for their contributions.
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Old 09-17-2014, 12:43 PM
 
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I salute all of the nominees, as well as the players who do this sort of thing but were not nominated. I'm not really sure how I feel about staging a competition to determine one winner among them, they all deserve recognition for their contributions.
True in an altruistic sense, but IMO, it's good to promote these things to the public even though many don't do it for acclaim (although many winners will tell you winning an RCA is more important to them than stats-based hardware). Not to mention it allows Roberto's own legacy of contributions to society to be highlighted every year as an inspiration.
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Old 09-17-2014, 02:00 PM
 
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True in an altruistic sense, but IMO, it's good to promote these things to the public even though many don't do it for acclaim (although many winners will tell you winning an RCA is more important to them than stats-based hardware). Not to mention it allows Roberto's own legacy of contributions to society to be highlighted every year as an inspiration.
Fair enough.
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