Hudson and 29 players from each Major League team were named finalists for the award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement. Fans can vote for the winner on MLB.com.
"Just to represent the Atlanta Braves as a representative is an honor," Hudson said. "There's a lot of guys in [this clubhouse] that could very well have been nominated for the award, but I feel blessed that I have the platform and am able to do some good things with it."
Hudson and his wife, Kim, have been well known for their philanthropy since the righty joined the Braves in 2005. In '09, the two founded the Hudson Family Foundation, which has raised more than $650,000 to date for children and families in need throughout Georgia and Alabama. The couple also works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation throughout the season, hosting critically ill children at Turner Field.
The righty also supports Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's efforts to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. The Hudsons also support several other community initiatives that have helped the pitcher become a finalist for the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet, which pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
"It's an honor," Hudson said. "Obviously it's an award that I feel holds a lot of weight around the country, especially in Major League Baseball. Roberto Clemente was a great man who was very passionate about a lot of things that are important in life."