Brother spurs Frandsen's good works
Giants' Clemente nominee supports siblings of ill patients
Serving others is more than just a pastime to Kevin Frandsen, or even a passion. It cuts to the core of who he is.Wherever he goes, Frandsen carries the memory of his brother, DJ, who died in September 2004 after fighting cancer. So Frandsen, whose primary position is second base, launched his "Second to None" foundation in 2007 to provide comfort to siblings of cancer patients or others who have critical illnesses.
Frandsen, 26, sponsors parties, hosts families for Giants games at AT&T Park, visits with families at Stanford University's Lucille Packard Children's Hospital and follows up with them throughout the season. Acutely aware of the ravages of cancer, Frandsen's goal is to remind siblings that they, too, play important roles in their brother's or sister's illness and must not be forgotten.Frandsen's commitment to "Second to None" is only one reason why he's the Giants' nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Chevrolet. The award recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. It is named in honor of the former Pirates star whose spirit and goodwill will always be remembered. Clemente died in a plane crash while attempting to transport relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua on Dec. 31, 1972. Fans can participate in the selection process of the overall winner of the award now through Oct. 5. The fan ballot winner will be tallied as one vote among those cast by a special selection panel of baseball dignitaries and media members. The panel includes MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Vera Clemente, widow of the Pirates' Hall of Fame right fielder. The winner will be announced during the World Series. Frandsen also assists with the "19 for Life" Foundation, which was started by his family. It celebrates the gift that DJ Frandsen was to his friends, family and community by benefiting worthy causes that helped shape his life. DJ was born on May 19, his favorite number was 19 and he fought his illness for 19 years. Earlier this year, the 17th annual San Jose Giants reunion partially benefited "19 for Life." The event attracted many Giants legends as well as current Giants players. A nominee for the 2008 Branch Rickey Award, Frandsen also serves as honorary chairperson for the annual Halloween Heroes charity event in San Francisco to benefit Wender Weis Foundation for Children, an organization that provides relief to at-risk and underprivileged children in the Bay Area. Frandsen also has participated in numerous activities for the Giants Community Fund. He has helped bolster the Junior Giants program by speaking at their Education Meeting, participating in the Play Ball Lunch fundraiser and attending other Junior Giants-related function. Moreover, Frandsen has visited with children from the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish program for three years, served as the Giants' representative for MLB's Pitch, Hit and Run program and has visited the Belmont Library as part of Oracle's Read to Win summer reading program. Frandsen hopes to follow in the footsteps of one of his favorite players -- former Houston Astro second baseman Craig Biggio, last year's Clemente Award winner. Giants legend Willie Mays captured the inaugural Clemente Award in 1971.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.