Trevor Bauer a finalist for 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award
The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation today announced its Major League Baseball and Hall of Fame nominees for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award (full list below, full release attached).
The Foundation also announced the creation of a companion Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Award and of the Jerry Coleman Award presented by The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation, honoring a Staff Noncommissioned Officer of the United States Marine Corps. The Foundation honors a current MLB player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Baseball Hall of Fame member who possess the values, integrity and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed.
Previous Act of Valor award winners include Justin Verlander, Nick Swisher, Yogi Berra, Tommy Lasorda, Senior Chief Petty Officer Garth Sinclair, and Senior Chief Petty Officer Carl Thompson. Finalists for the active player award will be announced later this season and the winners in all four categories will be honored in a Veterans Day ceremony in Washington, DC at the United States Navy Memorial.
The 2015 MLB Player and Hall of Fame Member Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Nominees
NOMINATING CLUB: MLB PLAYER
- Arizona Diamondbacks: Brad Ziegler
- Baltimore Orioles: Darren O’Day
- Boston Red Sox: Dustin Pedroia
- Chicago White Sox: Adam LaRoche
- Cincinnati Reds: Jay Bruce
- Cleveland Indians: Trevor Bauer (see nomination letter below)
- Kansas City Royals: Wade Davis
- Miami Marlins: Steve Cishek (traded to St. Louis Cardinals 7/24/15)
- Milwaukee Brewers: Jonathan Lucroy
- Minnesota Twins: Brian Dozier
- New York Mets: Curtis Granderson
- Oakland Athletics: Sean Doolittle
- Pittsburgh Pirates: Charlie Morton
- San Diego Padres: Ian Kennedy
- Washington Nationals: Craig Stammen
NOMINATING CLUB: HALL OF FAMER
- Cleveland Indians: Bob Lemon
- Cincinnati Reds: Johnny Bench
- Kansas City Royals: George Brett
- Miami Marlins: Andre Dawson
- Minnesota Twins: Rod Carew
BAUER’S NOMINATION LETTER:
It’s with pleasure and honor that the Cleveland Indians nominate Trevor Bauer for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award. As a top right-handed pitcher for the Indians, Trevor’s intensely dedicated and prepared for every game. Above all, he protects the values of the game and the integrity of his team.
Trevor’s passion has recently extended beyond the game of baseball to helping wounded veterans. After reading Marcus Luttrell’s Lone Survivor – a firsthand account of the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10 – Trevor felt compelled to get involved with the Lutrell’s Lone Survivor Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to providing education, rehabilitation, recovery and wellness opportunities to members of the U.S. Armed forces and their families.
Trevor then found a way to bring together the military and baseball communities, which he explains are both American institutions. He worked with Athletes Brand to design a t-shirt in which proceeds benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation. Athletes Brand is a 100 percent current and former pro and elite athlete ran company. Trevor’s goal for this t-shirt initiative is to reach 20 million people and raise at least $7,000 in two weeks. Not only is he working to raise money for the Lone Survivor Foundation, but Trevor hopes this educates people on the struggles wounded vets are faced with after sacrificing their lives for our country and freedom.
When asked why he decided to get involved with The Lone Survivor Foundation, Trevor replied, “I have a lot of respect for the men and women who choose to protect our country, especially elite warriors who are sent on the most dangerous missions. I draw a lot of inspiration from Marcus Luttrell’s story and want to be a part of the effort to help the men and women who have served establish a happy, healthy and productive life.”
It’s drive, passion and dedication – for U.S. service men and women, and for baseball – that make Trevor Bauer an exemplary candidate for the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award.