Clemente nominee Cain takes pride in giving back

Clemente nominee Cain takes pride in giving back

SAN FRANCISCO -- A fixture in the Giants' rotation and the Bay Area community since his Major League debut in 2005, Matt Cain was named the Giants' nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

The award recognizes a Major League player who best represents baseball both on and off the field through sportsmanship and community involvement, with fans being able to vote through Oct. 14 at to help decide the winner.

Cain is in the midst of a 14-5 season, which includes a June 13 perfect game and starting the All-Star Game for the National League. In addition, Cain lends his time and energy to various charities in the community, including Project Open Hand and the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as several other local and national organizations.

"You try to do as much as you can on the field, and then off the field you're really going to find different things to do, and that's something that's become more and more special to me," Cain said. "It's something I've taken more and more pride in, trying to find things that are close to my heart."

The Giants honored Cain during a pregame homeplate ceremony Tuesday, and Cain will make a $7,500 donation to the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish foundation on behalf of Chevrolet and Major League Baseball.

"Matt does so much, not just for the club but for the community," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We love him professionally and personally. He's such a tremendous person and does all he can to help out in the community, and this is an honor. It really is, and we're proud of him."