Phillies' Chase Utley nominated for 2013 Roberto Clemente Award

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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. (Chris Szagola/AP)

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was named the team's 2013 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, Major League Baseball and Chevrolet announced Monday.

The annual award recognizes players who best represent the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

A member from each MLB team is nominated for the award, which fans can vote the winner and have a chance to win a trip to the 2013 World Series at ChevyBaseball.com.

Utley will be honored prior to the Phillies-Marlins game on Wednesday, September 18 at Citizens Bank Park.

“Chase Utley epitomizes a professional athlete,” said team president David Montgomery. “He is a true asset to the Phillies organization as a role model in our clubhouse and an active participant in the community."

“I am honored to be the 2013 Phillies’ Roberto Clemente Award nominee,” said Utley. “When I think about the man named for this award and all he stood for I am humbled to even be considered. I hope that the work done through The Utley Foundation can continue the tradition of ballplayers giving back to the community for many years to come.”

Clemente, a 15-time All-Star and Hall of Famer was killed in a plane crash while delivering supplies to earthquake survivors in Nicaragua on December 31, 1972 at the age of 38.

Two Phillies have won the award: Garry Maddox in 1986 and Greg Luzinski in 1978.

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