Gary Carter and Dale Murphy have reason to be satisfied even if they're not having great seasons.
Murphy was named Monday the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award and Carter was selected for the Danny Thompson Award.The Clemente award is given to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball both on and off the field.
Consideration is given to sportsmanship, community involvement and an individual's contribution to his team and to baseball.
"To receive this award, that was named after Roberto Clemente . . . I wasn't able to watch Roberto play, too much, but I did watch him a little bit growing up and I saw the things he did on and off the field," Murphy said. "I would hope that, somehow I could have a part of his spirit with me as I play and associate with people."
The Thompson award is presented annually to a player "for exemplary Christian spirit in baseball."
Thompson spent seven years as an infielder with Minnesota and Texas before dying of leukemia in 1976 at the age of 28.
"This award is a family thing," Carter said. "It's giving something back because we have gotten so much."
Carter is the starting All-Star catcher for the National League but has struggled of late and has not hit a home run since May 16.
"Yes, it has been a struggle but I'm starting to feel better,' the Mets catcher said.
Murphy is in his 13th season with the Atlanta Braves and won the MVP award in 1982 and 1983.
He led the NL in homers in 1984 and 1985 and last season hit 44 homers with 105 runs batted in.
Murphy has struggled this season, hitting .221 with 13 homers for the last-place Braves. "This has been an interesting year for the Braves and for me personally and this is the highlight of the year as far as I'm concerned.