Major League Baseball reported each of the 30 group nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award, which will be authoritatively perceived on Wednesday, Sept. 9, recognizing the nineteenth yearly Roberto Clemente Day.
The Clemente Award, considered by MLB “the most prestigious individual honor for major leaguers,” respects the late Pittsburgh Pirates star’s heritage as a compassionate person. The honor is given to the player who best speaks to the game through “extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.”
The Puerto Rican-conceived Clemente was the principal Latin American player chose for the Baseball Hall of Fame and was an adored figure for his accomplishments on and off the field. Among those accomplishments as a player: 15-time All-Star, 12-time Gold Glove victor, individual from the 3,000-hit club, four-time batting champion and National League and World Series MVP.
Clemente kicked the bucket in a plane accident on New Year’s Eve 1972, as he went with a load plane withdrawing San Juan, Puerto Rico, trying to carry philanthropic guide to individuals influenced by a staggering tremor in Nicaragua. Months after his demise, Clemente turned out to be just the second part in MLB history to have the required five-year sitting tight period deferred for Hall of Fame acceptance.
The Pirates recently reported that all players and mentors will his No. 21 on their pullovers to respect Clemente next Wednesday. Since Clemente’s passing, no Pirates player has worn No. 21 on the field of play. The Roberto Clemente Day logo will likewise be decorated on the bases and authority burrow setup cards, and a unique accolade video will be played in each ballpark that night.
As a result of the idea of the Covid abbreviated 2020 season, all groups were permitted to select players on confined records or players who were exchanged, delivered or assigned for task. The victor will be chosen by a blend of online fan vote and determinations of a unique blue-lace board of trustees, which incorporates chief Rob Manfred and individuals from the Clemente family.
Here are the 30 names of Clemente’s 2020 nominees:
- Arizona Diamondbacks – Eduardo Escobar
- Atlanta Braves – Freddie Freeman
- Baltimore Orioles – Hanser Alberto
- Boston Red Sox – Mitch Moreland
- Chicago Cubs – Jason Heyward
- Chicago White Sox – Tim Anderson
- Cincinnati Reds – Tucker Barnhart
- Cleveland Indians – Brad Hand
- Colorado Rockies – Ian Desmond
- Detroit Tigers – Miguel Cabrera
- Houston Astros – Alex Bregman
- Kansas City Royals – Ian Kennedy
- Los Angeles Angels – Mike Trout
- Los Angeles Dodgers – Justin Turner
- Miami Marlins – Miguel Rojas
- Milwaukee Brewers – Brent Suter
- Minnesota Twins – Nelson Cruz
- New York Mets – Steven Matz
- New York Yankees – Giancarlo Stanton
- Oakland Athletics – Tony Kemp
- Philadelphia Phillies – Aaron Nola
- Pittsburgh Pirates – Josh Bell
- San Diego Padres – Drew Pomeranz
- San Francisco Giants – Hunter Pence
- Seattle Mariners – Dee Gordon
- St. Louis Cardinals – Adam Wainwright
- Tampa Bay Rays – Charlie Morton
- Texas Rangers – Shin-Soo Choo
- Toronto Blue Jays – Danny Jansen
- Washington Nationals – Sean Doolittle