CHICAGO, Ill. – If anything, former Virginia Commonwealth University hurler Sean Marshall has gained the respect of his teammates during his five-year career with the Chicago Cubs. On Monday, the Richmond, Va., native was nominated for Major League Baseball's prestigious Roberto Clemente Award in recognition of his community service efforts.
The annual honor is given to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. In addition to various charities outside the organization, Marshall has been involved with "Cubs Care" and "Chicago Cubs Charities," the club's two main foundations, since 2006.
In the midst of his finest season as a pro, Marshall is second in the National League with a career-best 71 appearances, all in relief, while posting a 2.88 ERA. He has also fanned a career-high 82 batters in 68.2 innings this season as the Cubs' setup man.
The award, which began in 1971 as The Commissioner's Award, was renamed in 1973 in honor of former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente who died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while assisting with the relief effort for earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
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