Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe pitches to a youngster at FanFest two years ago. He’s been honored for his community involvement. Photo by Chris Stone

The San Diego Padres named outfielder Hunter Renfroe as their nominee for baseball’s prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.

MLB.com reported on each team’s nominees for the award, which honors players for their character and community involvement, not their performance on the field.

The award is named for the late Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer. He died in 1972 when his plane crashed as he traveled to aid victims of an earthquake.

Renfroe’s contributions focus on his support for military personnel and their families. 

He stops by military instillations and sets aside time to shop with service members and their children during the holidays, according to MLB.com. He and his wife, Courtney, also have joined Padres staff to create care packages for troops deployed aboard the USS Essex and USS Rushmore.

Renfroe also supports STAR/PAL, the effort to connect law enforcement with underrepresented youth. He volunteers at the organization’s baseball clinics and as a celebrity waiter at its fundraisers.

The team will honor him as the Clemente nominee during pregame ceremonies at Petco Park on Sept. 26. Tony Gwynn won the award in 1999. The winner will be revealed during the World Series, which begins Oct. 22.

Fans may vote online for Renfroe or other Clemente finalists through Sept. 29.

– Staff reports

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