SAN FRANCISCO – Two maestro standouts who’ve turn iconic for their 16 and 15 years personification for a singular group have turn a initial co-winners of Major League Baseball’s annual Roberto Clemente Award for use to their communities.
First baseman Paul Konerko of a Chicago White Sox and Jimmy Rollins of a Philadelphia Phillies were respected Friday for their contributions both on and off a field, including sportsmanship and village involvement.
“Our careers have been during a same time … and we honour a approach he’s always played a game,” Konerko said. “I kinda consider it’s a good approach to do it since we have somebody to go along with we for a ride.”
Konerko, who only late after 18 vital joining seasons – 16 with a White Sox – was cited for a work he and his mother have finished with Children’s Home and Aid in Chicago, anticipating homes for encourage children.
He told USA TODAY Sports that staying in one place for such a prolonged time done many easier to give behind to a village that upheld him.
“In ’06, we had only sealed to come behind for 5 years, so we knew we was going to be behind for during slightest that volume of time,” Konerko said. “That creates we wish to penetrate your teeth in some-more since we know, okay, I’m committed to being here.”
A six-time American League All-Star, Konerko finished his career with a .279 average, 1,412 RBI and 439 career home runs, 432 of them with a White Sox (second-most in group story behind Hall of Famer Frank Thomas).
He also was a pivotal partial of a 2005 World Series championship group and is one of
Rollins also has a World Series ring, carrying spent his whole career with a Phillies.
He has worked for years with several organizations benefiting children, and many recently his categorical plan is operative to assistance feed families of at-risk and needy girl in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
Rollins pronounced a Clemente Award for his village use – identical to his 3 All-Star appearances, 4 Gold Gloves and a 2007 National League MVP endowment – wasn’t ever a idea for him.
“You don’t go out there with a mindset of ‘I’m going to do this to win.’ It only happens,” he said.
Unlike Konerko, a Phillies’ all-time hits personality pronounced he isn’t tighten to retirement.
“Obviously we can’t play forever, I’ll be 36 going into subsequent season, so a idea is to get to 40 or 41,” he said.
“As prolonged as you’re healthy and you’re on a field, you’re going to be means to accomplish some flattering cold things.”