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Clayton Kershaw Is Dodgers' Nominee For Marvin Miller Man Of The Year

The Los Angeles Dodgers have nominated pitcher Clayton Kershaw as their representative to win the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, an MLB honor "given annually to the MLB player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to high levels of achievement."

From Kershaw's profile as a nominee:

Inspired by their visits with the children of Zambia, Kershaw and wife Ellen built an orphanage for vulnerable children living in desperate conditions in Lusaka, Zambia. The orphanage, Hope's Home, is named after an HIV-positive child who is being fed and cared for on the couple's dime. Last season, they established the Kershaw's Challenge program that donates $100 for each of Kershaw's strikeouts to Arise Africa, an organization that also helps to build orphanages. Kershaw's Challenge has also partnered with Dallas and Los Angeles charities, Mercy Street and Peacock Foundation.

Fans can click here to vote for Kershaw in the 2012 Marvin Miller Man of the Year contest. The votes will decide one winner per MLB division, and players in the league will vote between those six finalists to decide a winner. The overall winner will be announced at the Player Choice Awards.

Kershaw is 12-9 as a starting pitcher for the Dodgers this season and holds a 2.70 ERA.

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