Jamey Carroll, who was signed as a backup but has the fifth-most plate appearances on the team, has won the fifth annual Roy Campanella Award, given to the "most inspirational Dodger," as voted on by teammates and coaches.â†µ
Carroll has played the most at shortstop, starting 64 games often in place of an injured Rafael Furcal, and has also started 18 games at second base, eight games at third, and even five games in left field. Carroll leads the team with a .383 on-base percentage this season, the first of a two-year deal he signed last December.â†µ
The award will be presented to Carroll before tonight's game against the Padres by Campanella's daughter, Joan Campanella Roan. Also, per the Dodgers:â†µ
The award presentation will also coincide with the announcement of a long-term partnership between the Dodgers Dream Foundation (DDF), California State University , Northridge and the Campanella family that will ensure the legacy of the Hall of Famer catcher for years to come. The DDF will make an annual financial contribution to support the Roy and Roxie Campanella Physical Therapy Scholarship Endowment at CSUN while also providing an internship opportunity within the Dodgers’ medical department each season for a student from the university’s physical therapy program.â†µ
Previous winners of the Roy Campanella award were Furcal (2006), Russell Martin (2007), James Loney (2008), and Juan Pierre (2009).