McCarthy's wildfire efforts net Clemente nod

McCarthy's wildfire efforts net Clemente nod

DETROIT -- For his efforts in offering aide to the victims of this year's devastating Colorado fires, right-hander Brandon McCarthy has been selected as the A's nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contribution to their team," according to a release.

McCarthy and his wife, Amanda, both of whom attended Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, raised more than $18,000 to help those who were displaced during the June fires through an autograph session and a silent auction before an A's game in June. Moreover, they set up an online auction soon after, one that featured autographed memorabilia from players across the league.

All proceeds from these events went to the Pikes Peak Chapter American Red Cross in Colorado Springs, as well as the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

Fans are encouraged to vote for McCarthy, and each of the other 29 nominees, by visiting through Oct. 14. Those who do will automatically be registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the Clemente winner will be announced.

The award's sponsor, Chevrolet, has promised a donation of $7,500 in the name of each recipient to the charity of the player's choice. McCarthy picked the DFW Rescue Me foundation, whose goal is to reduce the number of animals euthanized in Dallas, where he and Amanda reside in the offseason.

McCarthy, who is away from the A's as he continues his recovery from brain surgery, will be recognized as the A's nominee for this prestigious award during an on-field ceremony prior to Oakland's 7:05 PT game against the Mariners on Sept. 28.