The MLB has announced the Roberto Clemente Award Nominees. Last year, Carlos Carrasco won the award after battling leukemia, returning to pitch, and helping his home country of Venezuela. MLB Roberto Clemente award nominees are those who are exemplary on and off the field.
History of the Award
The Roberto Clemente Award is named after 15-time All-Star Roberto Clemente. Tragically, his life was cut short when his plane crashed on December 31, 1972, on his way to provide support to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. In 1973, the award known as the Commissioner’s Award was changed to reflect the legacy of Roberto Clemente. Since then, one player from each team has received the award.
In 2002, the league chose September 9 as Roberto Clemente Day. Ever since 2000, the John Hancock Financial Services has donated $25,000 to the charity of choice. In addition, they donate $30,000 to Roberto Clemente Sports City in Puerto Rico.
The nominees for this prestigious award are:
Fans are able to vote for the winner of the award here.
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