Commissioner Rob Manfred announced before Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night at Wrigley Field that the 13-year veteran was being given the award that annually recognizes the player who best represents baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions both on and off the field.
“I remember seeing my mom and dad inviting people over to have food, have drinks,” he recalled Friday after the announcement that he had won the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award. “Taking clothes that I had outgrown and passing them on to students that were my size that needed stuff I had outgrown. Giving my teammates when they didn’t have rides to and from.
“At that time, I didn’t think of it as, ‘This is their way of giving back,’ but that’s what they had been doing. They had been doing it my whole life. I got a chance to witness it and experience it early on in my lifetime.”