Roberto Clemente Award 2022 nominees

September 8, 2022

All 30 nominees, together with 16 first-time honorees, for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Award have been introduced by Main League Baseball on MLB Community on Thursday. Thought-about baseball’s most prestigious particular person honor for Main Leaguers, the Clemente Award yearly acknowledges the MLB participant who greatest represents the sport by extraordinary character, group involvement, philanthropy and constructive contributions, each on and off the sphere.

Starting at present, followers can vote for the Roberto Clemente Award introduced by Capital One through (English) and (Spanish) by the top of the common season on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The winner of the fan vote will rely as one vote amongst these solid by a blue ribbon panel that may choose the league-wide winner of the award.

•  A custom-made tribute video to each Roberto and his spouse Vera — Momentito (in English and Spanish) — can be proven in all MLB ballparks on Roberto Clemente Day in addition to on MLB Community,, membership websites and MLB social media platforms.

• The Pittsburgh Pirates will play the New York Mets at Citi Area, with the sport airing nationwide on FOX starting at 7 p.m. ET. On Roberto Clemente Day, all gamers, managers and coaches on the Pittsburgh Pirates, the membership for which Roberto performed his total Corridor of Fame profession, will as soon as once more put on Clemente’s “21” on their uniforms. They are going to be joined by all gamers, managers and coaches on the Mets doing the identical.

• Retired gamers who’re Roberto Clemente Award winners can be in New York to take part in a meals packaging volunteer occasion with Rise In opposition to Starvation at Citi Area with Commissioner Rob Manfred and workers from the Commissioner’s Workplace and the Mets.

Beneath is every membership’s nominee for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Award.

Blue Jays: Bo Bichette
Bichette has remained closely concerned in the neighborhood in his hometown of St. Petersburg, volunteering at a neighborhood shelter serving the homeless all through earlier offseasons. He’s additionally hung out instilling a love of baseball within the youth of St. Pete, sponsoring camps, supplying gear and appearing as a mentor to younger gamers.

Orioles: Dillon Tate
Tate, who honed his baseball abilities partially by free sources on the MLB Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., prioritizes supporting the event of younger gamers by Orioles group outreach occasions and in his private time. In 2022, he launched his personal basis, Baseball Academia, which has already hosted greater than 100 athletes for meet-and-greet occasions at Oriole Park.

Rays: Brandon Lowe
Since 2019, Lowe and the Rays Baseball Basis have made a donation to the Disaster Middle of Tampa Bay for each residence run he has hit, serving to to fund and lift consciousness for the group, which gives important providers to these scuffling with their psychological well being, dependancy and a variety of different points. Lowe and his spouse, Madison, additionally spend time sharing their ardour for baseball and softball, internet hosting younger athletes at Tropicana Area for video games and private conferences.

Crimson Sox: Jake Diekman
Now with the White Sox, Diekman, who lives with ulcerative colitis, labored carefully with the New England Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Basis in his time with the Crimson Sox, elevating cash and spending time with youngsters to supply assist with their very own diagnoses.

Yankees: Jose Trevino
Since 2017, Trevino has held Trevino’s Toy Drive, gathering toys and financial donations for much less lucky households over the vacation season. He’s discovered new methods to assist his communities in New York and his native Corpus Christi, Texas, in 2022, together with making a donation for each extra-base hit to Particular Hearts within the Arts, which gives alternatives in theater, dance, music and artwork for people with particular wants.

Guardians: Triston McKenzie
For the previous two seasons, McKenzie has mentored eighth graders at a neighborhood faculty in Cleveland, sharing his experiences as an athlete and internet hosting his 2022 class for a number of in-person occasions and ballgames at Progressive Area. He’s additionally repeatedly concerned with the Boys & Ladies Golf equipment of NE Ohio, constructing relationships with the youth the group serves.

Royals: Nicky Lopez
Lopez is enthusiastic about supporting these coping with crucial and persistent sickness and their caregivers, and he has repeatedly made hospital visits in his time with the Royals. Throughout the COVID-19 disaster, whereas being unable to make in-person visits, he made donations of meals to frontline healthcare employees and started internet hosting Zoom conferences with children from the Kansas Metropolis space to offer encouragement and positivity. Lopez has additionally just lately partnered with a neighborhood credit score union to advertise monetary literacy amongst Kansas Metropolis youth.

Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
Cabrera’s group efforts have solely elevated because the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, as he and his spouse, Rosangel, together with the Tigers, have made donations to help in distributing meals, technological sources, inexpensive childcare and hospital-grade masks to underserved households. Cabrera additionally continues to award two annual scholarships to first-generation school college students in Michigan and South Florida.

Twins: Byron Buxton
Buxton, whose brother serves within the U.S. Navy, continues to dedicate time to veterans, lively service members and their households. All through the 2022 season, he has resumed internet hosting army households at Goal Area for batting observe, meet-and-greets and recreation experiences. Buxton can be an everyday at Twins RBI Glove Giveaways, which distribute free baseball gloves to members.

White Sox: Liam Hendriks
Hendriks has made contributions to assist a variety of causes, together with internet hosting occasions for hospitalized youngsters, their households and healthcare employees, welcoming veterans and emergency employees to the ballpark, and supporting animal welfare organizations. He and his spouse, Kristi, have additionally remained vocal supporters of the LGBTQ+ group, and as a part of the workforce’s Satisfaction Night time festivities, hosted teenagers from the Howard Brown Well being Middle, a nonprofit offering medical care primarily to folks throughout the LGBTQ+ group.

Angels: Jared Walsh
Walsh has rapidly grow to be an Angels mainstay each on and off the sphere, as the primary baseman has been extraordinarily lively within the Angels’ Rally Readers program executed at the side of the Anaheim Public Library, together with visiting sufferers on the Youngsters’s Hospital of Orange County and the Miller Youngsters’s & Ladies’s Hospital in Lengthy Seaside, Calif.

Astros: Jose Altuve
For the previous two years, Altuve has hosted the “Uncork for a Trigger” fundraiser by the Astros Basis, which focuses on elevating cash and consciousness for youth sports activities and education schemes, the nation’s army, childhood most cancers, home violence consciousness and decreasing homelessness.

Athletics: Tony Kemp
Together with beginning the +1 Impact, a marketing campaign constructed round stamping out racism by particular person conversations, Kemp labored with PG&E to have timber planted in each Oakland and his hometown of Nashville.

Mariners: Marco Gonzales
In 2016, Gonzales’ mother-in-law was identified with MSA, a uncommon, degenerative neurological dysfunction. Within the time since, Gonzales has made his mission to make use of his platform to lift consciousness for MSA and different neurological illnesses by his work with the Cystic Fibrosis Basis and Mary Bridge Youngsters’s Hospital, amongst different organizations.

Rangers: Taylor Hearn
A Texas native, Hearn understands the significance of giving again to the group. Final November, Hearn began a “Week of Giving,” the place he participated in a number of group outreach tasks throughout the Dallas-Fort Value metroplex space throughout the week earlier than Thanksgiving. Moreover, Hearn hosted a free ProCamp in June, the place college students in elementary and center faculty have been in a position to take part in drills and competitions with Hearn.

Braves: Tyler Matzek
As a former first-round decide who almost left baseball as a result of yips, Matzek understands the significance of psychological well being in athletics. This yr, Matzek has donated $250 per strikeout to the Athletes In opposition to Anxiousness and Melancholy Basis.

Marlins: Pablo López
A longtime member of the Marlins group, López jumped headfirst into group outreach work this season by visiting with college students on the Renaissance Constitution College in Miami in April as part of Stress Consciousness Month. In his go to, López shared recommendation on methods to take care of disturbing conditions together with recommendation on methods to keep constructive by adversity.

Mets: James McCann
In 2017, James and Jessica McCann’s youngsters have been born 30 weeks untimely, which led to them spending extra time within the NICU unit than of their residence. Now, McCann has made it his mission to assist households going by related conditions. In McCann’s first season with the Mets in 2021, James and Jessica donated 106 present playing cards value $50 apiece to sufferers within the NICU on the Cohen Youngsters’s Medical Middle on the border of Queens and Nassau Counties.

Nationals: Josh Bell
Whereas Bell was dealt to the Padres on the Commerce Deadline, his relocation doesn’t diminish the influence he made in our nation’s capital. When Bell was traded to the Nationals in November 2020, he instantly began a public guide membership for adults to advertise studying and literacy in the neighborhood and have become the workforce’s participant ambassador to the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Phillies: Kyle Gibson
From the time Gibson broke into the Majors, he’s put an emphasis on charitable work. For the previous two years, Gibson has donated to Philabundance (a Philadelphia-area nonprofit meals financial institution) and Cradles for Crayons after each strikeout and win. Gibson has additionally began a Philly Fantasy Soccer League and Swing for Affect, a golf occasion that raises cash for households whose youngsters are battling most cancers.

Brewers: Brent Suter
As a Harvard graduate who studied environmental science, Suter has made it his mission to lift consciousness to points surrounding the surroundings and local weather change. Together with working to get rid of plastic water bottles within the Brewers’ clubhouse, Suter has additionally targeted on making an attempt to plant timber all through Milwaukee’s city areas.

Cardinals: Paul Goldschmidt
When Goldschmidt was in Arizona, he and his spouse, Amy, used to go to the Phoenix Youngsters’s Hospital a lot that they got everlasting passes. That sense of outreach has adopted Goldschmidt to St. Louis, the place’s he concerned in quite a few charities, starting from delivering meals to St. Louis households to constructing a group middle within the Dominican Republic.

Cubs: Jason Heyward
Heyward, an 11-year veteran, has proven management to a younger Cubs workforce on and off the sphere. By quite a few initiatives, Heyward has demonstrated a dedication to deal with the inequities that communities of coloration face day by day, coupled with beneficiant assist of the nonprofit sector.

Pirates: David Bednar
Bednar, who was born in Pittsburgh, has been a staple to the Pirates group actions over the previous yr, because the group has gotten again into the group with its uniformed workers following the stress-free of COVID-19 restrictions.

Reds: Joey Votto
If you spend 20 years with the identical group, you’re not only a participant representing a workforce. You might be part of town and its group. What stands out about Votto’s charitable efforts is that he chooses to do most of it behind the scenes, out of respect for the folks with which he interacts. It might be not possible to maintain monitor of all of the households he has met with on his personal time, and that’s the way in which he desires it.

D-backs: Josh Rojas
As an Arizona native, Rojas has rapidly grow to be a local people hero and fan favourite along with his energetic model of play and his ardour for serving the Arizona group. He helps the Little League in Buckeye, Ariz., the place he performed as a child, and donates all of his gear to his highschool workforce.

Dodgers: Justin Turner
Throughout his eight-year tenure in Los Angeles, the native Angeleno has grow to be ingrained in the neighborhood, giving his time, power and monetary assist to a wide range of charitable efforts, together with the Justin Turner Basis (JTF), which he based in 2016 along with his spouse, Kourtney.

Giants: Brandon Crawford
Crawford, a Bay Space native who was raised in Pleasanton, Calif., grew up a Giants fan. It’s becoming that he’s grow to be one of many workforce’s largest advocates in the neighborhood. All through his decade-long profession in San Francisco, the standard and soft-spoken shortstop has discovered methods to offer again in significant and impactful methods to the folks and group who helped to form his life.

Padres: Craig Stammen
Stammen has lengthy been a veterans advocate, even earlier than becoming a member of the San Diego Padres — the Crew of the Army. Stammen visited troops in Afghanistan for the primary time in 2012 and hosts a yearly clinic for the United Heroes League at Petco Park, offering a free day of baseball instruction (and tickets to the Padres recreation) to children from army households.

Rockies: Kyle Freeland
As a Denver child, giving again to the Colorado group is a degree of delight for Freeland. Since 2018, Freeland has been a constant supporter of and advocate for Particular Olympics Colorado. On the finish of this yr, one winner can be drawn for his custom-designed (for Particular Olympics Colorado) observe glove. All proceeds profit Particular Olympics Colorado.