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St. Louis' Pujols wins Roberto Clemente Award

St. Louis' Pujols wins Roberto Clemente Award

St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols was presented with the Robert Clemente Award, given annually to a major league player who combines community service with excellence on the field.
Pujols received the award in a ceremony at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday before Game 3 of the World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. He was selected from 30 nominees, one from each major league team, by a committee that included commissioner Bud Selig and Vera Clemente, Roberto's widow.
He was honored for his work with the Pujols Family Foundation, which helps the lives of children and young adults with Down syndrome. The foundation has helped more than 500 families affected by Down syndrome in the St. Louis area, with various programs and fundraising events.
Pujols has a daughter who was born with Down syndrome.
He also supports other organizations and causes, including the Boys & Girls Club of America and the Ronald McDonald House.
Clemente was a Hall of Fame right fielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while trying to deliver relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He finished his career with exactly 3,000 hits.
Pujols was honored on Friday as the player of the year in a vote of major leaguers conducted by the players' union. The Major League Baseball Players Trust will donate $50,000 (euro40,000) to a charity of his choice.
Also, he's the frontrunner for National League player of the year, an award he won in 2005.


Updated : 2021-04-15 08:13 GMT+08:00