This past January, Eduardo visited Magnet Traditional School to deliver school supplies and launch the “D-backs Read Your Way to the Ballpark,” a reading program to stimulate interest in reading and literacy among K-6 school kids, while also providing funding for new books in the classroom.
The Roberto Clemente Award is bestowed annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Every year, each MLB Club nominates a player to be considered for the Award in tribute to Clemente's achievements and character. This year's list of nominees features players whose various community and philanthropic activities have focused on important issues ranging from awareness & fundraising to support those with cancer and other illnesses or special needs, education for young people, natural disaster relief, outreach to underserved children & communities in the United States and abroad, and more.
Read about all of the nominees below.
This season, Freddie stepped up to the plate to give back and make a difference in Braves Country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hanser Alberto grew up in the Dominican Republic and learned from an early age the importance of helping others and never giving up.
To represent the team in their support of the Jimmy Fund, the Red Sox selected Mitch Moreland as a Jimmy Fund Captain for the 2020 season to serve as an advocate and ambassador for the organization.
When the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted low-income communities in Chicago, Jason contributed $300,000 to nonprofit organizations addressing the severe inequities across Chicago.
Now in its fourth year, Tim Anderson’s League of Leaders (ALL) instills leadership skills in youth affected by violence.
Once Spring Training was shut down, Tucker returned home to Zionsville, Ind. where he heard local radio personality Dan Dakich say he was going to get takeout for dinner to help support local business. Tucker loved the idea and it led to the creation of “Takeout Thursday.”
When Brad Hand learned that Cleveland recreational baseball leagues had been canceled for the 2020 season, he jumped at the opportunity to help.
For many years, the Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) has been a core focus for Ian Desmond. Ian’s work with Neurofibromatosis (NF) advocacy, awareness and fundraising has been well recognized since 2012. He is a true leader in the NF community, and he continues to find new ways to use his platform for the purposes of ending NF.
This season, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Rosangel and Miguel Cabrera partnered with the Detroit Tigers Foundation to donate $250,000 to benefit children and families in Detroit.
Nominated for the second year in a row, Alex Bregman has dedicated considerable time and effort to be a positive force for young players off the field while raising $1.9 million through his charity this year.
When COVID-19 struck, Ian Kennedy and his family immediately supported the Royals Respond Fund and the Home Plate Project through Big League Impact to provide food for families in economic stress.
Over the years, Mike Trout has participated in a multitude of charitable events, including granting numerous wishes each season through Make-A-Wish.
With many adversely affected in Los Angeles, Justin and his wife, Kourtney, spent their days at home working to support small businesses while at the same time providing hot meals to those in need.
Miguel concentrates his community efforts in providing for students in underserved communities with a focus on giving each South Florida youth the opportunity to succeed.
Brent serves as an ambassador for “Players for the Planet” and last year participated with other athletes in a beach cleanup in the Dominican Republic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, Nelson fed more than 700 families in his hometown community in the Dominican Republic and provided financial support to individuals not able to work.
As Steven Matz watched the COVID-19 pandemic rip through New York at an astonishing pace, he knew he had to get involved.
Even before the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, Giancarlo Stanton had a significant impact on the lives of many throughout the cities that mean the most to him – New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
Following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Tony Kemp knew he had to be part of the change he wanted to see in the world.
In January 2020, brothers Aaron and Austin Nola held a celebrity-bowling event, “Strike Out ALS,” to honor their Uncle Alan as he continues to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) to benefit The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter.
Josh Bell’s desire to make a difference was borne of the unrest following the killing of George Floyd. Josh started a #SocialReformSunday series on his social media platforms. With his support, the Pirates then began the “Building Bridges” series, featuring a player, coach or staff member speaking candidly about social reform.
In his second stint with the Padres, Drew has been a team leader in supporting COVID-19 relief efforts in San Diego.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hunter and his wife, Lexi, began using their coffee company, Pineapple Labs, to support community groups serving those impacted by the pandemic.
Dee Gordon created his Flash of Hope program in 2015 to support kids and families affected by domestic violence.
Adam founded Big League Impact (BLI) in 2013 to meet basic human needs, including providing food, clean water, medical care and shelter to restore dignity and hope to those in need around the globe.
When Charlie first heard of the need for hunger relief in the Tampa Bay area due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he immediately made a $50,000 donation to Feeding Tampa Bay, which the club matched.
Shin-Soo has answered the call to support those in his community both locally and across the globe. In 2011, Shin-Soo and his wife, Won Mi Ha, established the CHOO Foundation, through which he has pledged support for the Community Chest of Korea to aid in COVID relief efforts in South Korea, the Korea Disaster Relief, the ChildFund International and other causes.
Danny Jansen has made it his mission to give back to fans and communities from coast to coast.
Describing Sean Doolittle is not simple. He does not fit neatly into the expected professional athlete “box.” He is many things – thoughtful, well-read, generous, advocative, diverse, humble, studious, articulate, respectful, accountable, personable, compassionate, determined, tolerant, selfless … on and on the list could go. A man of varied interests (voracious reader, Star Wars aficionado, heavy metal music enthusiast, dog lover), Sean is an everyman that relates to everyone.