NEW YORK -- Johan Santana is the Mets' nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award
, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday. The annual award recognizes an MLB player "who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement."
Through his foundation, Santana funds programs that focus on education and healthcare in New York and his hometown of Tovar, Venezuela. The Johan Santana Foundation distributes more than 40,000 toys to children in Tovar during the annual celebration of El Cyonzao, and is building a baseball complex for the community to enjoy. It recently also donated $10,000 to the non-profit organization Tuesday's Children to launch a new program for Spanish-speaking members of the Sept. 11 community.
The last Mets player to win the Clemente Award was Carlos Delgado in 2006. MLB is encouraging fans to help select the national award recipient by visiting MLB.com/ClementeAward and voting for one of the nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the award's national winner will be announced.
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 14, with the winner of the fan poll receiving one vote among those cast by a selection panel.