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Gardner Yanks’ nominee for Clemente Award

Brett Gardner is the Yankees’ nominee for the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award and will be recognized before Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium as part of the 15th annual Roberto Clemente Day.

The award has been presented annually since 1971 and named for the Hall of Fame outfielder two years later after his death in a plane crash while on a mission to Nicaragua to aid victims of an earthquake. The Roberto Clemente Award recognizes a player from each major league club who “best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.”

Gardner was a charter member of the Taylor Hooton Foundation’s Advisory Board to educate youth about performance-enhancing drugs. The left fielder’s extensive community outreach also notably includes heavy involvement with the Ronald McDonald House in both New York and his home state of South Carolina.

Yankees winners of the award were Derek Jeter in 2009, Don Baylor in 1985 and Ron Guidry in 1984.

The Yankees’ top-five minor league affiliates all qualified for the 2016 postseason in their respective leagues: Triple-A Scranton/WB (91-52), Double-A Trenton (87-55), Single-A Tampa (77-58), Single-A Charleston (76-63) and Short-season Single-A Staten Island (44-31). The Yankees are one of two organizations whose minor league affiliates qualified for the postseason at all four full-season levels. The other is the Mariners. The Yankees’ four Yankees affiliates combined for a 331-228 (.592) record.

HOPE Week: ‘Pillows of Love’

The Yankees celebrated Autumn Blinn and her dedication to those in need through her “Pillows of Love” initiative Tuesday on the second day of HOPE Week 2013 (Helping Others Persevere & Excel).

Yankees manager Joe Girardi and players Robinson Cano, David Robertson, Vernon Wells and Jayson Nix surprised Autumn and assisted her in handing out homemade pillows to sick children at the Ronald McDonald House on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Yankees and Delta Air Lines flew Autumn and her family from Central New York.

The players, Autumn, and her family spent time with the children, playing games in the playroom of the facility on East 73rd Street between First and York Avenues and having a pizza party. Autumn and her family were invited to Yankee Stadium for the 7:05 p.m. game against the Royals where they watched batting practice from the field and took in pre-game ceremonies.

Coping with a hospital stay of any length can be a scary proposition. Autumn Blinn, 10, from Rome, N.Y., realized this from spending time with her grandfather, John Santiago, who undergoes kidney dialysis three times a week at their local hospital, Faxton St. Luke’s in nearby Utica.

Last year, when Autumn’s grandmother, Shari, taught her to sew, they decided to make a pillow for their first project. When her grandfather saw it, he asked if she could make him a pillow on which to rest his arm during dialysis. After John, a Bronx native, proudly showed off his pillow to other patients, Autumn realized that other dialysis patients could be uplifted by the gift of a pillow.

Without prompting, she dove into making “Pillows of Love” for as many people as possible. Over the last year, she has made approximately 175 pillows for sick children and adults.

Autumn has donated pillows to dialysis patients and pediatric patients at Faxton St. Luke’s, residents of the Rome Memorial Hospital facility in her hometown, and for children at both the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse and Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx. Autumn continues to sew pillows during her free time between school, sports and spending time with her brothers, Justin, 8, and Thomas, 7, and her sister, Isabella, 4. Media should note that Autumn’s parents, Ray and Kara Snell, are both deaf, and the family uses American Sign Language to communicate in their home.