DETROIT -- Major League Baseball announced the 30 nominees for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers' selection was third baseman and American League Most Valuable Player candidate Miguel Cabrera.
It's an award named after a 15-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who perished in a plane crash on New Year's Eve in 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The award is given to the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community development.
Cabrera has undoubtedly put up the numbers on the field, and he's been equally as valuable in the community, establishing The Miguel Cabrera Foundation as well as partnering with the Detroit Tigers Foundation.
David Ortiz won the award in 2011. The only Tigers player to do so was Al Kaline in 1973. Recent Tigers nominees include Justin Verlander (2011), Carlos Guillen ('10), Curtis Granderson ('09) and Magglio Ordonez ('08).
The winner will be decided by a panel, which includes the fan vote. Beginning Tuesday, fans can cast a ballot for one of the 30 nominees at mlb.com/ClementeAward. The collective fan vote counts as one vote in the panel.
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 14 and the winner will be revealed during the World Series.
For being selected as the Tigers' nominee, Cabrera was recognized during a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park.