By MIKE MONTFORT
Two former Navarro Baseball stars have been nominated for Major League Baseball’s prized Roberto Clemente Award for a second consecutive year.
Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles and Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox have been chosen by their teams as major leaguers “who best exemplify the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”
Davis, Holt and all nominees were announced one day before the observance of “Roberto Clemente Day” throughout MLB.
The league-wide winner of the Clemente Award will be announced during the World Series. He will be selected by a blue-ribbon panel that includes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, representatives from the national networks which broadcast games, MLB.com, and Clemente’s widow, Vera Clemente. There is also a fan vote component.
Davis, a Longview native, has played 11 major league seasons with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick in the 2006 draft signed out of Navarro College. Davis led the American League in home runs (53) and runs-batted-in (138) in 2013, and topped the home-run chart again in 2015 (47).
Holt played at Stephenville High School, Navarro College and Rice University. The seven-year major leaguer was drafted in the ninth-round of the 2009 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. During his time in Boston, Holt has been an American League All-Star Game representative, a two-year chairman of the Jimmy Fund that supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research, and a super-sub/pinch-hitter extraordinare for the Red Sox.