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Becomes Finalist For National Award



September 29, 2004 (courtesy of the Los Angeles Dodgers):  Dodger pitcher Jose Lima was named the Los Angeles Dodgers’ recipient of the 2004 Roberto Clemente Award, the Dodgers announced today. Lima is now one of the 30 finalists for the national 2004 Roberto Clemente Award, with each Major League club selecting one local recipient. Lima will be recognized as the Dodgers’ nominee for the award prior to Friday night’s game. Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, former teammate of Clemente and current Dodger coach Manny Mota and Lima’s teammates Alex Cora and Jose Hernandez will participate in the award presentation.

The Roberto Clemente Award, presented annually by John Hancock, recognizes those players who best exemplify the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams. The award is named for the 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who was killed on New Year’s Eve 1972 while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua, and is given annually to the Major League player who combines outstanding skills on the field with devoted work in the community.

Lima has made an impact in the Los Angeles community by participating as an instructor in local baseball clinics, making hospital visits and promoting education. Lima participated in a shopping spree at a local grocery store to help support National Hunger Awareness Day. That day, Lima and teammates helped raise more than $30,000 in food supplies to help stock the shelves at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which provides more than 650,000 meals in Los Angeles County each week.

During the 2004 season Lima has made countless appearances at local schools, hospitals and clinics and also participated in the Dodgers' “Christmas in July” at White Memorial Medical Center by delivering new toys and video games to the newly remodeled Dodgers Pediatric Playroom. An off-season resident of Houston, Lima supports the S.E.A.R.C.H. Domestic Abuse Center and Houston's Children's Hospital. A native of the Dominican Republic, he delivers toys and dinners to needy families during the holiday season. As a part of his commitment to the fans, the former All-Star sits atop the dugout for nearly half an hour to sign autographs early before every home game.

Lima is an accomplished vocalist who has performed in several restaurants and clubs in Houston with his group, Banda Mambo. He sang God Bless America and the national anthem before a Dodger game this season and performed on stage at the annual Viva Los Dodgers festival, honoring the city’s rich Latino heritage.

A panel of dignitaries, including Clemente’s widow, Vera, Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin and David D’Alessandro, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock Financial Services, will select the national winner from among the 30 Club recipients. The national winner will be announced prior to Game Three of the World Series and will receive a $25,000 donation to the charity of his choice from John Hancock Financial Services. John Hancock also will make a $30,000 contribution to Roberto Clemente Sports City in Puerto Rico and will present a check for $2,500 to Padres Contra El Cancer, Lima’s designated charity. Padres Contra El Cancer is an organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families.



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