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Moyer wins 2003 Roberto Clemente Award

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Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Seattle pitcher was named the 2003 winner of the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement during a Tuesday press conference at Pro Player Stadium prior to Game 3 of the World Series. "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 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 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."

Starting in 1971, Major League Baseball has annually presented the award (originally known as The Commissioner's Award) to recognize the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. The award was renamed to the Roberto Clemente Award in 1973 following Clemente's tragic death during a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

A panel of baseball dignitaries, including Vera Clemente and Selig, selects a winner from a list of 30 nominees, one from each Major League Baseball team.

"It is a very special honor to be recognized with the Roberto Clemente Award, considering what it stands for," said 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."

The Moyer Foundation was created to provide encouragement, comfort and support to children and families who are dealing with profound distress -- be it physical, emotional or financial.

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