Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/15/14
PHOENIX Infielder Willie Bloomquist was named the Arizona Diamondbacks' 2012 nominee for the 11th annual Roberto Clemente Award. Bloomquist is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. The Award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Starting in 2011, Bloomquist has hosted a Phoenix Children's Hospital patient and his or her family for a VIP day at Chase Field during one game each homestand. He provides premium tickets, a VIP tour of the field and clubhouse, meet & greet with several of his teammates, dinner for each member of the family and a personalized autographed game-issued bat and customized D-backs jersey featuring his ...
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