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2021 Roberto Clemente Award & Nominees

Justin Turner Representing Dodgers As Nominee For Award. Vote Now

(East Los Angeles, CA) September 23, 2021 [From The Editor’s Desk]: This is one of the most prestigious awards in the world of sports and it is also very fitting that those of us, who are Dodgers and Baseball fans, as well as those of us with a great humanitarian spirit like Roberto Clemente, can pause and reflect on the heroic deed he undertook on that fateful night of his death, 12/31/72. For those who do not know the legacy of #21/RF/Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh Pirates, native son of Puerto Rico, and Hall of Famer, he was killed in an accidental airplane crash en route to provide food, clothing, medical, and other badly needed relief supplies to those who were impacted in the Nicaraguan earthquake of 12/23/72.

I must say that he was one of the most gifted baseball players whoever played the game. My youthful memories of him playing over his multiple seasons with the Pirates against the Dodgers in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, remain crisp, incredible, and extremely vivid to this very day. His full biography is a “must-read” in Wikipedia.

The MLB Press Release notes that the (30) club nominees for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award have been announced and feature some of the game’s most philanthropic and humanitarian players, including (18) first-time nominees. Each year, the Roberto Clemente Award recognizes one Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. The winner of the on-line ballot will receive one vote among those cast by a Blue Ribbon panel. Fans can cast their votes through October 3rd.

The Release goes on to add, that 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.

Please click on this link to see the entire contents with full backgrounds on each player. The nominees shown below only have partial backgrounds next to their photos.

2021 Roberto Clemente nominees

ATLANTA BRAVES/Will Smith….Born and raised in metro-Atlanta, Smith was excited to join his hometown team following the 2019 season. At the start of 2020, before ever pitching in a game for the Atlanta Braves, he immediately became involved in the Braves Country community, serving at the local animal shelter and helping with homeless pet  adoptions.

CLEVELAND INDIANS/Aaron Civale..Indians starter and 26-year-old Civale is a celebrity at the kids’ table each Thanksgiving in his East Windsor, Connecticut home.A big kid at heart, he has combined his passion for kids with his family connection to cancer and childhood illness to create his Pearls for Perseverance player program in 2021. He and his fiancée, Fran Barilla, have teamed up to bring smiles and positivity to pediatric patients at the Cleveland Clinic.

COLORADO ROCKIES/Ian Desmond. He is a veteran player who is leading by example. The younger players are watching, and they see what he is doing. Ian has always been honored to accept the responsibility that goes with being a role model, and during these unusual years of navigating life with the coronavirus, he feels that to an even greater degree.

NEW YORK METS/Pete Alonso….In 2019, he took Major League Baseball by storm when he won the T-Mobile Home Run Derby. He went on to dominate that season by smashing the rookie record for home runs. After winning the Derby the first time around, he donated 10% of the $1 million Derby prize to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Tunnel to Towers Fund.

If you are a new or a true fan of Roberto Clemente, or a fan who simply values the Humanitarian efforts that one of these outstanding players is doing, then do not pass up this opportunity to cast your vote for the player of your choice. Just go to the link directly above this to cast your vote.

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