HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball today announced that Alex Bregman was named the Houston Astros 2021 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s most prestigious individual honor for Major Leaguers. Bregman was also the Astros nominee in 2020.
The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
As part of the annual program, each MLB Club nominates one player to be considered for the league-wide Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. Wednesday, September 15th marks the 20th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy as a humanitarian and to officially acknowledge local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks. Since the Astros will be on the road tomorrow, Bregman will be recognized on Friday, Sept. 17 at Minute Maid Park prior to the 7:10 p.m. game vs. the Diamondbacks.
Over the past two seasons, through his “Bregman Cares” charity, Bregman has helped to raise close to $2.0 millions dollars to assist those in need in the Greater Houston community and beyond. In February of 2021, Texas experienced an unprecedented and historical winter storm that left many without water and electricity in freezing temperatures. Alex and his wife, Reagan, rallied the support of his fellow teammates, the Astros Foundation and others to donate 26,000 cases of water and 9,000 bottled gallons of water that were to distributed to families in need.
In 2020, Bregman launched #FEEDHOU, a campaign with a goal to raise $1.0 million for the Houston Food Bank to support struggling Houston residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Bregman started the campaign with a $100,000 donation of his own, which was matched by a $100,000 donation by the Astros Foundation. As a result of Bregman’s influence and the overwhelming support of the community, #FEEDHOU reached it’s goal of $1.0 million in just eight days. The campaign continues to raise dollars and has reached over $1.8 million to date for the Houston Food Bank. The $1.8 million is the equivalent of 5.4 million meals, according to the food bank.
In addition to his efforts to support the Houston Food Bank, “Bregman Cares” also donated over 200 iPads with protective cases and iTunes gift cards to several Houston-area elementary schools that have Autism classrooms. The iTunes gift cards allowed for the purchase of software for non-verbal children.
Additionally, Alex and Reagan have donated lunches to employees at Houston Methodist Hospital and on several occasions have taken part in food and water distribution efforts and have volunteered at the Houston Food Bank.
Bregman’s outreach efforts also include supporting autism research, youth baseball and softball, homeless relief and more. Those efforts include monetary support, surprise visits and more.