The Minnesota Twins Baseball Club is proud and honored to nominate Byron Buxton for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Award. In addition to his remarkable, All-Star-level performance as a Minnesota Twins center fielder, Byron has used his platform to support military service members and their families throughout Twins Territory. His career-long commitment to the military community highlights his personal values of service and integrity.
Byron has demonstrated exemplary on-field performance since making his Major League debut with the Twins in 2015. A generational talent who continues to amaze with his true five-tool skillset, the 2022 American League All-Star starting center fielder has emerged as one of the game’s top players. Annually among MLB’s leaders in sprint speed (and owner of the fastest inside-the-park home run ever recorded), Byron’s power has resulted in a home run every 11.31 at-bats since 2020, tops in baseball over that span (min. 600 at-bats). Byron has also received league honors for his defensive performance, including the 2017 Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, for which he earned fans’ votes as the overall best defensive player in the American League. Additionally, he has been recognized twice (2017 and 2019) with the MLBPAA Twins Heart and Hustle Award for his dedication to the game and to the community.
Beyond his performance on the field, Byron – recognized by his peers as a clubhouse leader – has also long been a leader in the Twins community for his outreach to those who serve our country. Byron’s older brother, Felton, serves in the U.S. Navy, so Byron understands and values the sacrifices that military servicemembers and their families make. Byron and his wife, Lindsey, continually seek new ways to provide memorable opportunities for military families and thank them for their service, like inviting members of the Minnesota National Guard to play catch on the field.
This season, Byron continues his Buxton’s Battalion program for the fourth year in a row. Families of servicemembers are invited to Target Field every Friday for a special batting practice viewing session, a meet-and-greet with signed memorabilia and tickets to that evening’s game. While the format looked slightly different in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic (personalized videos were shared instead of in-person meetings), Byron is excited to have the program back in full swing this year.
Additionally, Byron, who is a champion for the Twins’ commitment to empowering the full potential of our youth, has attended multiple Twins RBI Glove Giveaways, helping to distribute free baseball gloves to participants in the Twins RBI program. He has captained several Twins Week of Service volunteer events, brought smiles to the faces of countless Twins fans on Twins Winter Caravan and flew to Minnesota in December solely to be able to pass out presents at a holiday party at Gillette Children’s Hospital.
Through everything he does on and off the field, Byron exemplifies the values that our nation’s military is founded on: Honor, Courage and Commitment. His dedication to honoring and serving military families across Twins Territory makes Byron our nominee for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Award.