The Pirates and Major League Baseball announced that pitcher Jameson Taillon was selected as the Pirates' 2018 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award. The prestigious honor is an annual recognition of a player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions.
Each year the Pirates acknowledge one player from each of their minor league clubs as recipients of the Pirates Community Commitment Program awards. These players are quality individuals on and off the field who have demonstrated leadership in community involvement and gone above and beyond the requirements of the program.
Each September, the Pirates join the rest of Major League Baseball and pay tribute to Clemente's life and legacy with Roberto Clemente Day festivities. This year the celebration took place on September 5 when the Pirates participated in multiple events in the Pittsburgh area, spending time in the community and giving back in tangible ways.
While at Arizona State University, Trevor Williams watched his friend Cory Hahn have his career cut short by a fractured vertebrae, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. In 2017, Trevor announced he would wear uniform number 34 to honor Cory, but he wanted to do more. Trevor and his wife Jackie, along with Cory, started Project 34, an organization dedicated to positively impacting those who suffer from spinal cord injuries.