Meet the nominees for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Prize from the Brewers Division.
When you think of the most prestigious award a majors baseball player can win, you probably think of MVP, Cy Young, or Silver Slugger.
But did you know MLB also It is an honor for the athletes who achieve the greatest impact turning off field?
The Roberto Clemente Prize Awarded to the player who best represents baseball “through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions.”
Every year, every team nominates a major league One Athlete on the award. Nelson Cruz (who now plays for the national team) won the 2021 award.
But he has faced stiff competition across the league from players dealing with everything from supporting children to fighting cancer, fighting food insecurity, and tackling climate change.
These are the 2022 award nominees from Brewers and the rest of NL Central.
Brent Sutter (Milwaukee Brewers)
Did you know that Jug Brewers not only has a college degree, but also Harvard University?!
Known as the team’s resident environmentalist (and this is what Sutter taught at Ivy League school), he understands the urgent need to take serious action to reduce our carbon footprint and uses his platform to draw attention to the impacts of climate change and the global crisis of plastic waste.
Sutter is a Players for the Planet ambassador and is involved in cleanup projects around the world.
During the 2021 season, Suter launched a community-wide effort to plant 100 trees in the Milwaukee area for every brewer’s win after the All-Star break. (Spoiler alert: it was there Much! The Brewers won the National League Central for the first time since 2018.)
Recently, Brewers, SC Johnson, Players for the Planet, and Sutter hosted an exclusive program for faculty and college students studying environmental and sustainable studies at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.
Jason Hayward (Chicago Cubs)
The quarterback began his career in both baseball and service at the age of 17, when he was recruited from high school by the Braves and began giving back to church and youth in Atlanta through LEAD (Launch, Detect, Counseling, Direct.)
Since then, Heyward has continued to use his image human voice To speak out against racial injustice and for him money To combat food insecurity, domestic violence and health care inequalities.
Some of his biggest donations include $100,000 to MASK (Mothers/Men Against Meaningless Murder), $100,000 to Greater Chicago Food Depot, and $100,000 to the University of Chicago Medical Center to support health care workers and their families during the pandemic. .
In 2020, Heyward teamed up with other Chicago sports personalities to participate in a healing circuit with African American children and police officers.
Joey Photo (Cincinnati Reds)
Reds Youth Academy is one of the largest charitable organizations in Cincinnati, which gives children of all ages, abilities, and income levels the opportunity to join a team.
Not only is the Academy’s internship center named Votto, but it’s where he spends a lot of his time throughout the year.
In addition to donating thousands of dollars worth of equipment behind the scenes, Votto often participates in baseball and softball training with young athletes.
While on the injured list last season, Votto adopted the RBI Under 13 team and worked with them several times a week. Then – even when he was back in the Reds’ active roster – Foto continued training. (It paid off: His team got a trip to the 13U World Championship.)
He also frequently visits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and fulfills many Make-A-Wish requests.
David Bednar (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Roberto Clemente has known himself as “The Great One” for the 18 seasons he played with the Pirates, so Bednar described his candidacy while in the same uniform as “humble”.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Bednar has established himself in the community, participating in a variety of Pirates Charity efforts—from donating equipment for his old elementary school to participating in Miracle League Fantasy Camp to show Kayden, a 3-year-old big boy battling leukemia, around a PNC park.
Bednar and his father worked with the Pirates Youth baseball team to host camps for more than 100 children over the summer, donating money raised to Mars High School.
During the off-season, Bednar worked at the Thanksgiving dinner service alongside members of the Steelers and Penguins for those in need.
Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals)
Goldschmidt has been nominated for more Clemente Awards than any other player on this list (five times with the Diamondbacks!), and there many the reasons.
He and his wife, Amy, are staunch supporters of the Arizona Children’s Cancer Foundation, working on the capital campaign to start Ava’s Treehouse, a place where pediatric cancer patients and their families can play, explore, and relax in an environment that directly fits their needs.
In 2020, he donated a tractor trailer full of food and supplies to Churches on the Street, a mobile food truck that delivers hot meals to people facing food insecurity in St. Louis.
This year, Goldschmidt is committing $500 per win and $5,000 per win after the season to build a community center in the Dominican Republic.
Baseball fans can vote for their favorite player for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Trophy through October 5 on the MLB website.
Click here to vote today.
Collectively, fans will be counted as one vote, along with individual votes from the MLB Commissioner, MLB affiliate networks, Clemente Kids, and others. See all 30 nominees here.