ST. LOUIS -- For everything that Matt Holliday has done to help put the Cardinals in position for another playoff berth, his most impactful contributions continue to come away from the public eye.
Holliday was honored for that off-the-field work during a pregame ceremony on Tuesday, during which the Cardinals recognized their left fielder as the team's nominee for Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award. This annual award is given to a player who best represents baseball through positive contributions on and off the field.
The winner of this year's Roberto Clemente Award will be named during the World Series.
"Anytime you're recognized with Roberto Clemente and all the things that he did in the community and for charitable works, it's an honor," Holliday said. "I don't necessarily need the personal recognition for it. I'm just glad that it's a chance to give some more money to some charities."
Holliday, along with his wife, Leslee, has been involved in numerous charitable events during his time in St. Louis. Upon Albert Pujols' departure last winter, Holliday took over Pujols' annual celebrity golf tournament. This summer's event raised $250,000 for the Pujols Family Foundation, which assists with treatment for individuals with Down Syndrome and finances children's programs in the Dominican Republic.
In a new endeavor for 2012, Holliday joined David Freese in a "Homers for Health" program. Freese and Holliday asked fans to pledge per home run hit by the Cardinals this season. Those donations go to the Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital to help fund research and hospital programs for children.
Holliday also serves as the spokesman for the Cardinals Kids Club and is actively involved in the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has participated in several other charity events to benefit Cardinals Care, and he often makes surprise visits to nearby children's hospitals.
Fan voting will assist in naming this year's Clemente Award winner. Voting is open at mlb.com/clementeaward until Oct. 14.