first_imgANAHEIM – John Peel, a Whittier resident and chief officer of an agency that helps abandoned, abused and neglected children, presented Angels veteran Tim Salmon with the team’s 2006 Roberto Clemente Award in a pregame ceremony at Angels Stadium on Wednesday. Under a sizzling sun, standing on grass near home plate, Peel handed Salmon the Clemente trophy just before the Angels won their game against the Baltimore Orioles. Salmon is now one of the 30 nominees for the national 2006 Roberto Clemente Award, which carries a $25,000 check that is presented at the World Series. The Roberto Clemente Award recognizes those players who best exemplify the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe award is named for Clemente, a 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who was killed on New Year’s Eve 1972 while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Salmon and his wife, Marci, have been longtime supporters of local charities throughout Southern California. Each season, Salmon purchases 100 tickets to all Angels home games, which are distributed to charities. But the causes that have been closest to Salmon’s heart have been Family Solutions, headed by Peel, and Laurel House, another agency that assists teens. He also provided funds for the West Anaheim Little League. Recently, Salmon teamed with the Angels Baseball Foundation and Home Depot to renovate the Youth Baseball Fields at Stearns Champions Park in Long Beach where Salmon grew up. Peel said a lot of the $700,000 Salmon has donated to Family Solutions has come from the Tim Salmon Golf Classic at Coto de Caza Golf Club held each February in Orange County. Family Solutions’ main facility is in Santa Ana, with a smaller office in Whittier. Peel said Family Solutions once received a single check for $200,000 from Salmon and “every Christmas he calls and asks how many kids \ and sends $100 per child.” Sometimes as many as 80 children at a time are being helped. Salmon, 38, was out of the lineup all last year when he had major surgeries. This year he fought his way back to a earn a spot as a designated hitter. The Associated Press and Greg Warner of MLB.com contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img