As an Arizona native, Josh Rojas has quickly become a local community hero and fan favorite with his energetic style of play and his passion for serving the Arizona community. Read full bio here.
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.
2022 Roberto Clemente Award Nominees
Brent Suter is a native of Chicago, and currently resides in Cincinnati. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 31st round of the 2012 MLB Draft from Harvard University. Read full bio here.
Tyler Matzek is a World Champion on the field, and he is a champion in his community for his work and investment in mental health awareness. Read full bio here.
The Minnesota Twins Baseball Club is proud and honored to nominate Byron Buxton for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Award. Read full bio here.
“You can do it, man. I know you can. It looks kind of hard, but you can do it.” These are the words uttered by our Roberto Clemente Award nominee, Dillon Tate, to a timid child nervous to try. Read full bio here.
Though James McCann has only spent two seasons with the New York Mets, his effect on the team and the New York City community has been immense. Read full bio here.
In the short amount of time that Jake Diekman was a member of the Boston Red Sox, he made a lasting impact on the Boston community. Read full bio here.
% Note: Jake Diekman remains the Red Sox nominee despite being acquired by the White Sox on Aug. 1.
Although selected as an MLB All-Star for the first time in his career in 2022, Jose Trevino is no stranger to being an “All-Star” off the field with his community endeavors. Read full bio here.
The Chicago Cubs are honored to nominate outfielder Jason Heyward for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Award. Read full bio here.
Tony Kemp personifies everything the Roberto Clemente Award represents. Tony’s ongoing commitment to making a change in the world through his partnership with Players for the Planet and One Tree Planted, support of the Oakland community, leadership of the +1 Effect campaign and continued work with the Players Alliance has motivated those around him and fans across the country to do their part as well. Read full bio here.
While three-time All-Star closer Liam Hendriks is an invaluable leader in the clubhouse, his efforts beyond baseball highlight an even greater dedication to driving positive social change. Read full bio here.
A trade at the deadline brought Kyle Gibson to Philadelphia in 2021. Phillies fans may recall that the veteran pitcher recorded his 1,000th career strikeout during his debut with the team Aug. 1. Read full bio here.
When you spend 20 years with the same organization, you are no longer just a player representing a team. You are a part of the city and its community. Read full bio here.
David Bednar, who was born in Pittsburgh, has been a staple to the Pirates community activities over the last year, as the organization has gotten back into the community with its uniformed staff following the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions. Read full bio here.
Growing up in a family with strong Jamaican ties, Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie quickly learned the importance of family and role models. Read full bio here.
Craig Stammen balances his commitment as a 10-year MLB veteran pitcher and clubhouse leader to the time he takes as a dedicated father of three young children as well as his endless commitment to his community. Read full bio here.
Starting pitcher Kyle Freeland regularly supports and volunteers his time attending events in our local community. Read full bio here.
Giving back to the Bay Area comes naturally to Brandon Crawford, the Bay Area native who was raised in Pleasanton, Calif. and grew up a Giants fan attending games at both Candlestick Park and Oracle Park. Read full bio here.
Miguel Cabrera is widely considered one of the best hitters in the history of baseball. Read full bio here.
In his six seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Marco Gonzales has not only become a leader on the field and in the clubhouse, but he has become a leader off the field as well. Read full bio here.
Jose Altuve has been one of the top players in Major League Baseball for several years now, as his eight All-Star selections can attest. Read full bio here.
The humblest of men, Paul Goldschmidt is highly regarded by both his teammates and also his competition. Read full bio here.
There may not be a player in the game today whose on-field skills are more in alignment with the traits he also exhibits off the field: defense, sacrifice, team. Read full bio here.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brandon Lowe is dedicated to improving the lives of those in need in the Tampa Bay community, with a special focus on mental health and youth baseball and softball. Read full bio here.
Jared Walsh has always believed in helping others. As a late draft pick (39th round) by the Angels, he is grateful for the opportunity to be playing in the big leagues as the starting first baseman and selected as an All-Star for the 2021 All-Star Game. Read full bio here.
Taylor Hearn has seen Major League action with the Texas Rangers in each of the last four seasons from 2019-22, splitting time as a starter and reliever. Read full bio here.
On the day he originally signed with the Dodgers in February 2014, Justin Turner’s name was not mentioned until the fifth paragraph of a news story covering the day’s transactions, noting that as a non-roster invitee to big league camp he provided “a little second baseman insurance.” Read full bio here.
At the young age of 24 years old, Bo Bichette has already made his mark as an All-Star player for the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Read full bio here.
Dubbed the nicest guy in the clubhouse, it is rare to see Pablo López in uniform without his patented warm smile across his face. Beyond excelling on the mound this season, Pablo also continues to make an impact on the South Florida community on the field and beyond the walls of loanDepot park. Read full bio here.
Josh Bell is a towering figure, every ounce the slugger. Less obvious under the bright lights of baseball is that Josh is a deliberative, thoughtful individual with a thirst for learning and an appetite for knowledge. In less than two seasons with the Washington Nationals, he left an indelible impact on the community. Read full bio here.
+ Note: Josh Bell remains the Nationals' nominee despite being acquired by the Padres on Aug. 2.