DETROIT -- Major League Baseball announced the 30 nominees for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers' selection was third baseman and American League Most Valuable Player candidate Miguel Cabrera.
It's an award named after a 15-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who perished in a plane crash on New Year's Eve in 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The award is given to the player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community development.
Cabrera has undoubtedly put up the numbers on the field, and he's been equally as valuable in the community, establishing The Miguel Cabrera Foundation as well as partnering with the Detroit Tigers Foundation.
David Ortiz won the award in 2011. The only Tigers player to do so was Al Kaline in 1973. Recent Tigers nominees include Justin Verlander (2011), Carlos Guillen ('10), Curtis Granderson ('09) and Magglio Ordonez ('08).
The winner will be decided by a panel, which includes the fan vote. Beginning Tuesday, fans can cast a ballot for one of the 30 nominees at mlb.com/ClementeAward. The collective fan vote counts as one vote in the panel.
Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 14 and the winner will be revealed during the World Series.
For being selected as the Tigers' nominee, Cabrera was recognized during a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park.
Mild concussion symptoms sideline Avila
DETROIT -- Alex Avila was missing from the Tigers' lineup for the second straight game Tuesday night and it was revealed after the Tigers' 12-2 victory that Avila is suffering from mild concussion symptoms.
The catcher took an elbow to the side of the head from first baseman Prince Fielder during Sunday's game against the Indians. Avila said Monday that the blow knocked him out and he remembered nothing but assistant athletic trainer Steve Carter yelling his name.
The loss of memory accompanied by the headaches he began having after taking batting practice Monday in Chicago indicated it might be a head injury rather than a sprained jaw, which was the initial diagnosis.
"I started getting headaches and they kind of got worse so they decided to shut me down and see the doctor and everything," Avila said. "I did the concussion tests again and I checked out the same with the same type of score on the test. Both of them showed that I had a mild concussion."
Fortunately, Avila doesn't plan on missing much time. Tests showed no significant trauma.
"I took a CT scan today and everything checks out there good," Avila said. "Thank God there's no damage or anything like that. Now it's just a waiting game really to rest and make sure [it's OK]. Once I don't have any symptoms as far as headaches, I'll take the [concussion] test again. If everything checks out good, I'll be good to go."
Gerald Laird will be the everyday backstop with Avila sidelined.
Leyland: Now 'not the proper time' to talk contract
DETROIT -- Tigers manager Jim Leyland is well aware of his contract expiring after this season. But he's also well aware, with the Tigers trailing the White Sox by three games in the division, now is not the time to talk about it.
"I don't think about that. I think about beating Oakland," he said Tuesday. "That's not going to have any effect on me. I think about beating the Oakland Athletics tonight and get into the playoffs. That situation will take care of itself at the proper time, and now, obviously, is not the proper time."
Leyland is currently on a one-year contract he signed last August.
In Cleveland, Leyland said he wouldn't speak to the media about it because he didn't want to be a distraction. He maintained that stance Tuesday, but revealed he's not being silent about it with just the media.
"If I had information for you, I would give it to you, but I have none. I haven't discussed my situation with anyone nor has my situation been discussed with me," Leyland said. "And I don't want to discuss my situation with anyone nor do they want to discuss it with me right now. We're trying to win a division."
The Tigers are three games behind the White Sox with 16 games remaining this season entering Tuesday's game against Oakland. But thanks to the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals, the Tigers aren't losing hope.
"If you win games, anything can happen, which was proven last year. The world champs [the Cardinals] were 4 1/2 games back of the Wild Card race last year and won the world championship," Leyland said. "It's not like it's doomsday [for us], but you've got to win games.
"You've got to go out and take care of your own business and win baseball games. If we do that enough, we'll have our shot, in my opinion."
Leyland said relievers Al Alburquerque and Octavio Dotel would not be available out of the bullpen Tuesday after throwing 32 and 31 pitches, respectively, Monday.
Whenever the Tigers face a left-handed starter in their final 16 games, Avisail Garcia is likely going to be penciled in as a starter, Leyland said Tuesday.
"I'll play him against every left-handed starter we've got most likely -- most likely, don't hold me to it totally, but most likely -- the rest of the way out," he said.
Anthony Odoardi is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.