The Miami Marlins have announced that Martin Prado has been named the team’s nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Martin Prado may have had his 2018 season come to a close, but he still holds an important part in the makeup of the Miami Marlins. The veteran third baseman was just nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award.
"Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “The 34-year-old represents the organization for the prestigious award, which recognizes contributions of players on and off the field.”"
Prado has been dealing with injuries to his hamstring and quad this season that has forced him off the field for the majority of the season. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list due to a right abdominal strain.
Frisaro said Prado felt some discomfort on Saturday against the Blue Jays. remainder of the 2018 season. He played in 54 games, batting .244/.287/.305 with one home run and 18 RBIs.
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"“There were a couple of plays in Saturday’s game that I felt something,” Prado said. “It wasn’t major stuff. I thought I could overcome that the next day. But literally when I came in the next day, I was in so much pain. I thought it was something that could go away.”"
The injury to Prado has opened the door for Brian Anderson to move back to third base. Since Prado opened the season on the disabled list, the rookie was in the starting lineup against the Cubs at the hot corner.
Prado told MLB.com he was honored to be selected for such a prestigious honor. Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs was named the award’s recipient last season.
"“I think it’s really important,” Prado said. “He was a guy who showed how players should be on the field and off the field. He means a lot to me. I know baseball has given me so much stuff that sometimes we can forget where we came from.”"
The Marlins have Prado under contract for the next two seasons before he becomes a free agent. He is scheduled to make $15 million in 2019.
Anderson figures to be the team’s every-day third baseman next season. Prado may become a valuable utility player off the bench.
Manager Don Mattingly said the team’s respect and connection to Prado despite his injury woes this season speak a lot about how he is viewed by the organization.
"“I think that tells you the impact Martin has in our clubhouse, and the respect that guys have for him, and who he is as a person and a player, and how he works,” Mattingly said. “Everything that he does. It’s tougher when guys aren’t on the field. He hasn’t been on the field that much, and he’s still had an impact on our club.”"