Felix is Mariners Roberto Clemente Award Nominee

As part of the Mariners Get Well Tour, Felix spent some time with patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Felix Hernandez, one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball, is also recognized for his leadership off the field.

Felix is the Seattle Mariners 2012 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet.

Beginning today, fans are encouraged to participate in the process of selecting the national award recipient by visiting MLB.com/ClementeAward to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 14th, and the winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by a selection panel.

Felix Hernandez with students at Seattle’s Bailey Gatzert Elementary School during the annual Mariners D.R.E.A.M. Team assembly for students.

Tonight, before the Mariners take on the Baltimore Orioles, Felix will be honored during a pre-game ceremony. Felix is active with a number of local charities and non-profit organizations including Make-A-Wish, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Esperanza, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Special Olympics of Washington and Humane Society of Seattle/King County.

The distinguished list of past national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes three former Mariners (Harold Reynolds, Jamie Moyer and Edgar Martinez), as well as 14 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Felix stopped by Seattle Children’s Hospital last month days after his perfect game, to cheer up young patients.

- RH

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