(NEW YORK) — He may not win the Cy Young Award this year, but Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has earned an award that is arguably the most important in Major League Baseball. Kershaw has been rewarded the Roberto Clemente Award.
The Roberto Clemente Award is given to Major League Baseball’s top humanitarian. It is one of hte biggest honors a player can receive.
Much of Kershaw’s charitable works have revolved around issues in Africa. Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, have visited Africa during the past two years. He started Kershaw’s Challenge, which is an organization that assists at-risk children and communities in need.
“It’s an incredible honor to receive this award,” Kershaw said in a statement. “Just being associated with someone like Roberto Clemente is truly humbling and I am extremely grateful.”
Not only is Kershaw the top humanitarian in Major League Baseball, you could argue he’s also one of if not the top pitcher in baseball as well. Last year he took home the National League Cy Young Award and this year he went 14-9 with a 2.53 ERA and is in the running for the award again this year.
Last year, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz won the award.
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Brett Crandall, BYU-Idaho Communications