MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AWARDS
The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team," as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. Originally known as the Commissioner's Award, it has been presented by MLB since 1971. In 1973, the award was renamed after Clemente following his death in a plane crash while delivering supplies to victims of the Nicaragua earthquake on 12/31/72. Each year, a panel of baseball dignitaries selects 1 player from 30 nominees, one from each club. Teams choose their nominee during the regular season, and the winner is announced at the World Series.
Beginning in 2014, the Trevor Hoffman Award has been given to the N.L. Relief Pitcherof-the-Year.
Created by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, the Heart & Hustle Award is voted on by Alumni and active Major League players and is presented annually to an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game. Listed below are the previous Pittsburgh winners (bold reflects the national winner).
BBWAA AWARD WINNERS
LOCAL AWARD WINNERS
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America selects the recipient of the local Roberto Clemente Award each year, with the award going to the Pirate who most exemplifies the standard of excellence established by Hall-of-Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente.
Created in 2006, the award goes to the player who is most cooperative with the media.
Created in 2012 by the local chapter of the BBWAA, the award goes to the Pirates top pitcher.
Presented annually at the Dapper Dan Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh, the award goes to the major leaguer who overcomes a form of adversity and who exemplifies the character and fighting spirit of the former major league pitcher and manager.