Frazier 'blessed' to be Reds' Clemente nominee

Frazier 'blessed' to be Reds' Clemente nominee

CHICAGO -- Reds rookie infielder Todd Frazier was named Tuesday as the club's nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for community service.

Each of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball select a player who performed the type of humanitarian and community efforts that distinguished the life of Clemente, who died at age 38 in a plane crash on Dec. 31 1972, while trying to deliver aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.

"The honor is pretty nice," Frazier said. "I'm very blessed to even be nominated for it. I appreciate the Reds' organization for making me a nominee. I'm thankful."

Frazier participated in the first annual fantasy camp for kids clinic that included members of the Miracle League of Greater Cincinnati. He recorded a public-service announcement in support of the Down Syndrome Association's Buddy Walk and supports the efforts of the Reds Community Fund's programs like the Reds Rookie Success League, Urban Youth Academy and Reds baseball camps.

On top of that, Frazier also added life saver to his resume when he saved a stranger from choking at a Pittsburgh restaurant by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

"I don't know that I can recall an individual making the type of difference that Todd Frazier has made for the Reds' organization this past year, both on the field and in the community," said Charley Frank, executive director of the Reds Community Fund. "He's one of the most inclusive, approachable and positive people I've ever experienced in sports, and he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Off the field, he's done about as much as an individual can do in a calendar year."

Frazier also likes to perform charitable work around his home in Toms River, N.J., working with House of Hope, an outreach program of the Presbyterian Church of Toms River.

"Any way I can give back, especially to my communities, feels real good for me," Frazier said. "I'm happy to do it."