Roberto Clemente Award

The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) 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. It is named for Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente. Originally known as the Commissioner's Award, it has been presented by the MLB since 1971. In 1973, the award was renamed after Clemente following his death in a plane crash while he was delivering supplies to victims of the Nicaragua earthquake.[1]

Roberto Clemente Award
LeagueMajor League Baseball
Awarded forThe player that "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team"
CountryUnited States, Canada
Presented byMajor League Baseball
First award1971
Most recentJustin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers

Each year, a panel of baseball dignitaries selects one player from among 30 nominees, one from each club. Teams choose their nominee during the regular season, and the winner is announced at the World Series.[1] The player who receives the most votes online via MLB's official website,, gets one vote in addition to the votes cast by the panel.[1] Since 2007, the Roberto Clemente Award has been presented by Chevy. Chevy donates money and a Chevy vehicle to the recipient's charity of choice and additional money is donated by Chevy to the Roberto Clemente Sports City, a non-profit organization in Carolina, Puerto Rico, that provides recreational sports activities for children. Chevy donates additional funds to the charity of choice of each of the 30 club nominees.[1]

The first recipient of the award was Willie Mays, and the most recent honoree is Justin Turner. No player has received the award more than once. The first pitcher to receive the award was Phil Niekro in 1980, and the first catcher to receive it was Gary Carter in 1989.[1] The team to have the most winners representing their club is the St. Louis Cardinals. To date, Clemente's former teammate Willie Stargell and Andrew McCutchen are the only members of the Pittsburgh Pirates to receive the honor. Stargell won his award in 1974, and McCutchen in 2015. The Pirates themselves have worn Clemente-era throwback uniforms in recent years on Roberto Clemente Day, on which day they present their award nominee to MLB.[2] In 2014, the award was presented to two players—Paul Konerko and Jimmy Rollins—for the first, and to date, only time.


In 1971, Willie Mays was the first recipient of the award.
Don Baylor received the award in 1985.
1992 recipient Cal Ripken Jr.
Tony Gwynn was the 1999 recipient.
The first Boston player to receive the award was Tim Wakefield in 2010.
The 2016 award went to Curtis Granderson.
Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Recipients by year
Year Player Team League Position
1971 Willie Mays San Francisco GiantsNationalOutfielder
1972 Brooks Robinson Baltimore OriolesAmericanThird baseman
1973 Al Kaline Detroit TigersAmericanOutfielder
1974 Willie Stargell Pittsburgh PiratesNationalOutfielder
1975 Lou Brock St. Louis CardinalsNationalOutfielder
1976 Pete Rose Cincinnati RedsNationalThird baseman
1977 Rod Carew Minnesota TwinsAmericanFirst baseman
1978 Greg Luzinski Philadelphia PhilliesNationalOutfielder
1979 Andre Thornton Cleveland IndiansAmericanFirst baseman
1980 Phil Niekro Atlanta BravesNationalPitcher
1981 Steve Garvey Los Angeles DodgersNationalFirst baseman
1982 Ken Singleton Baltimore OriolesAmericanDesignated hitter
1983 Cecil Cooper Milwaukee BrewersAmericanFirst baseman
1984 Ron Guidry New York YankeesAmericanPitcher
1985 Don Baylor New York YankeesAmericanDesignated hitter
1986 Garry Maddox Philadelphia PhilliesNationalOutfielder
1987 Rick Sutcliffe Chicago CubsNationalPitcher
1988 Dale Murphy Atlanta BravesNationalOutfielder
1989 Gary Carter New York MetsNationalCatcher
1990 Dave Stewart Oakland AthleticsAmericanPitcher
1991 Harold Reynolds Seattle MarinersAmericanSecond baseman
1992 Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore OriolesAmericanShortstop
1993 Barry Larkin Cincinnati RedsNationalShortstop
1994 Dave Winfield Minnesota TwinsAmericanDesignated hitter
1995 Ozzie Smith St. Louis CardinalsNationalShortstop
1996 Kirby Puckett Minnesota TwinsAmericanOutfielder
1997 Eric Davis Baltimore OriolesAmericanOutfielder
1998 Sammy Sosa Chicago CubsNationalOutfielder
1999 Tony Gwynn San Diego PadresNationalOutfielder
2000 Al Leiter New York MetsNationalPitcher
2001 Curt Schilling Arizona DiamondbacksNationalPitcher
2002 Jim Thome Cleveland IndiansAmericanFirst baseman
2003 Jamie Moyer Seattle MarinersAmericanPitcher
2004 Edgar Martínez Seattle MarinersAmericanDesignated hitter
2005 John Smoltz Atlanta BravesNationalPitcher
2006 Carlos Delgado New York MetsNationalFirst baseman
2007 Craig Biggio Houston AstrosNationalSecond baseman
2008 Albert Pujols St. Louis CardinalsNationalFirst baseman
2009 Derek Jeter New York YankeesAmericanShortstop
2010 Tim Wakefield Boston Red SoxAmericanPitcher
2011 David Ortiz Boston Red SoxAmericanDesignated hitter
2012 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles DodgersNationalPitcher
2013 Carlos Beltrán St. Louis CardinalsNationalOutfielder
2014[lower-alpha 1] Paul Konerko Chicago White SoxAmericanFirst baseman
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia PhilliesNationalShortstop
2015 Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh PiratesNationalOutfielder
2016 Curtis Granderson New York MetsNationalOutfielder
2017 Anthony Rizzo Chicago CubsNationalFirst baseman
2018 Yadier Molina St. Louis CardinalsNationalCatcher
2019 Carlos Carrasco Cleveland IndiansAmericanPitcher
2020 Adam Wainwright St. Louis CardinalsNationalPitcher
2021 Nelson Cruz Tampa Bay Rays
Minnesota Twins[lower-alpha 2]
AmericanDesignated hitter
2022 Justin Turner Los Angeles DodgersNationalThird baseman
  1. In 2014, there were two recipients of the award, one in each league.
  2. Cruz was traded from the Twins to the Rays shortly after the All-Star break, but was nominated for the award by the Twins.

See also


  • "Roberto Clemente Award". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on October 6, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  • "Roberto Clemente Award winners". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on November 30, 2009. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  • "The Hutch Award, Lou Gehrig Award, Babe Ruth Award & Roberto Clemente Award Winners". Archived from the original on May 31, 2020. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
  • "Roberto Clemente Award Winners". ESPN Internet Ventures. ESPN Internet Ventures. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2009.
  1. "Roberto Clemente Award – About the award". Major League Baseball. Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2009.
  2. "Pirates' McCutchen Nominated For Clemente Award". KDKA-TV. September 16, 2013. Archived from the original on March 8, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016.

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