Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco has been named the recipient of the 2019 Roberto Clemente Award, baseball's most prestigious individual honor. Carrasco was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and put in the difficult work to make a return to the Tribe pitching staff amid his treatment, all while continuing to give his time, attention and financial assistance to young leukemia patients.More
Roberto Clemente Day was established by Major League Baseball to honor the legacy of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. In his honor, MLB annually presents the Roberto Clemente Award to recognize the player who best represents the game of Baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions, both on and off the field. Club nominees for this prestigious award are announced on Roberto Clemente Day each year.