TheSTN – Nine 2012 MLB All-Stars Among 30 Players Nominated For The 2012 Roberto Clemente Award

Fans can vote for the National Award Recipient on MLB.com/ClementeAward and register for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series

Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, announced the names of the 30 Club nominees, including nine 2012 MLB All-Stars, for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.  Today marks the eleventh annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet. The annual award 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 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. 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.

30 Club nominees of the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet

Arizona Diamondbacks – Willie Bloomquist Milwaukee Brewers – Rickie Weeks
Atlanta Braves – Tim Hudson Minnesota Twins – Justin Morneau
Baltimore Orioles – Jim Johnson* New York Mets – Johan Santana
Boston Red Sox – Jon Lester New York Yankees – Mark Teixeira
Chicago Cubs – David DeJesus Oakland Athletics – Brandon McCarthy
Chicago White Sox – Jake Peavy* Philadelphia Phillies – Jimmy Rollins
Cincinnati Reds – Todd Frazier Pittsburgh Pirates – Chris Resop
Cleveland Indians – Jason Kipnis St. Louis Cardinals – Matt Holliday*
Colorado Rockies – Michael Cuddyer San Diego Padres – Luke Gregerson
Detroit Tigers – Miguel Cabrera* San Francisco Giants – Matt Cain*
Houston Astros – Wesley Wright Seattle Mariners – Felix Hernandez*
Kansas City Royals – Alex Gordon Tampa Bay Rays – David Price*
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – C.J. Wilson Texas Rangers – Michael Young
Los Angeles Dodgers – Clayton Kershaw* Toronto Blue Jays – Ricky Romero
Miami Marlins – Logan Morrison Washington Nationals – Ryan Zimmerman

*2012 MLB All-Star

The distinguished list of past national Roberto Clemente Award recipients includes 14 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame:

1971 – Willie Mays* 1985 – Don Baylor 1998 – Sammy Sosa
1972 – Brooks Robinson* 1986 – Garry Maddox 1999 – Tony Gwynn*
1973 – Al Kaline* 1987 – Rick Sutcliffe 2000 – Al Leiter
1974 – Willie Stargell* 1988 – Dale Murphy 2001 – Curt Schilling
1975 – Lou Brock* 1989 – Gary Carter* 2002 – Jim Thome
1976 – Pete Rose 1990 – Dave Stewart 2003 – Jamie Moyer
1977 – Rod Carew* 1991 – Harold Reynolds 2004 – Edgar Martinez
1978 – Greg Luzinski 1992 – Cal Ripken, Jr.* 2005 – John Smoltz
1979 – Andre Thornton 1993 – Barry Larkin 2006 – Carlos Delgado
1980 – Phil Niekro* 1994 – Dave Winfield* 2007 – Craig Biggio
1981 – Steve Garvey 1995 – Ozzie Smith* 2008 – Albert Pujols
1982 – Ken Singleton 1996 – Kirby Puckett* 2009 – Derek Jeter
1983 – Cecil Cooper 1997 – Eric Davis 2010 – Tim Wakefield
1984 – Ron Guidry 2011 – David Ortiz

*Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame

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.

All Clubs playing at home today will recognize their local nominees as part of Roberto Clemente Day ceremonies, while each visiting Club will honor its nominee before another September home game. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and the official dugout lineup cards.

Jim Ross – @JRsBBQ Talks Jerry Lawler, Michael Cole, John Layfield + More

Busy days and crazy times so here’s a quick blog I’m writing Wednesday morning before flying to Orlando for the NXT taping Thursday night. Let’s grill!!

The King coming home Monday via the WWE corporate jet from Montreal marks another step in the recovery of the Montreal Miracle of Monday September 10.

Jerry Lawler’s recovery process is on going and I have heard no one estimate when he might be back at the announce desk on RAW much less those that are asking if and when he will return to the ring.

I do know that if King can wrestle that he will. Jerry is a wrestler first and an announcer second as being a wrestler is what he’s done for 40+ years and I seriously doubt that he’s ready to hang up his boots. Every indy promoter will be frothing at the mouth to book King even more now than before. I’d suggest to all that slow, deliberate steps be taken.

I know is that it took two of us to replace @Jerry Lawler on RAW Monday. Working with @JCLayfield, who’s a funny SOB, and @MichaelCole who has become the voice of WWE and had his most defining moment in Montreal with the face of death looking him right in the eyes, was a blast for me.

I knew Sunday that I was working Monday night and I was up and ready to roll Monday morning even though it was a short night after driving from Boston to Trumbull, Ct after Night of Champions.

Thought for the first outing that our three man team closed the final two hours or so of Raw in a good way after feeling our way through the first part of the three hour broadcast. Three man teams are tough enough to execute well and are especially challenging when it’s the first time for the trio.

I’m not sure who will sit in for King next week with Michael Cole. It’s a great opportunity for WWE to utilize some names from the past and/or to place some prospective new talent at the announce table.

Whoever assists Cole will be in good hands as no one preps as thoroughly as does Michael and hopefully whoever is tabbed will follow Cole’s lead and be thoroughly prepared to work a long, live three hour entertainment program. I’d suggest that who is selected greatly reduce their liquid in take by mid afternoon as sitting in a confined spot for three hours can be, well, anxious. :)

I thank WWE for the chance to get back at ringside for a RAW broadcast and especially appreciate Michael Cole for all his help and for directing the traffic for us.

Working with JBL was on my bucket list and John is so bright and passionate and is a natural antagonist at the announce table of which I feel is needed.

Tough hand dealt to John Cena who had surgery Tuesday in Birmingham by Dr. James Andrews. Cena’s been wrestling hurt but is SO much tougher than many of his critics give him credit as they seem to be too busy knocking his in ring style. As a former offensive lineman, and a damn good one, @JohnCena will likely be back closer to two weeks than three if my guess is accurate.

I fully expect to see John Cena in OKC on Monday October 1 for the “Jim Ross Appreciation Night” which is being promoted by WWE. I sure hope that we have a big crowd that night on what should prove to be a most memorable experience.

John was one of my “recruits” back in the day and he’s never disappointed me once and is arguably the most over analyzed, major star that I can ever recall in my tenure in the business.

Back to the King, how lucky is he? Where else other than actually sitting a medical facility would Jerry have survived his heart attack? No where that I can think of expect where he was. King is a VERY lucky man and received a second chance on life thanks to the grace of God and the amazing work of Dr. Sampson and the Montreal EMT’s and medical personnel.

Gotta go to Orlando ASAP for the NXT taping on Thursday night in Orlando and Full Sail University. I’m expecting a stellar night and our best taping yet. Improving from day to day much less taping to taping isn’t an option or merely suggested. It is required.

BTW…BBQ Sauce isn’t a seasonal condiment. We use in in the kitchen on a regular basis. JR’s products also make great gift ideas for the wrestling fan in you life notwithstanding that JR’s does well at tailgate affairs. WWEShop.com has a special offer on going right now at http://www.wweshop.com that I invite you to check out. Your support of our family brand of products is sincerely appreciated.

I hope that you will follow me on Twitter @JRsBBQ.

Boomer Sooner!

J.R.

TheSTN – NHL Announces Cancellation Of Preseason Games Through September 30

The National Hockey League announced today the cancellation of the 2012 preseason schedule through Sept. 30. In addition, the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville preseason game, scheduled for Oct. 3 in Belleville, Ontario, has been postponed to 2013.

The cancellation of the schedule was necessary because of the absence of a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL Players’ Association and the NHL.

While the Kraft Hockeyville game has been postponed, many of the scheduled celebrations in the winning community of Stirling-Rawdon, Ontario, will proceed as planned beginning on September 30.