(ST. LOUIS) — Even though he’s trying to win his first World Series of his career, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran has already secured one of the best honors that can be bestowed on a player as he has won the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.
The award is given annually to a player who best represents Major League Baseball on and off the field. The award is named after former Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to Nicaragua.
“I must say this year’s recipient truly exemplifies Roberto’s philosophy,” Vera Clemente, Roberto’s widow, said. “Carlos Beltran, you are a pride of all Puerto Ricans.”
Beltran has contributed over $4 million to his Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico as well as hosting various fundraising events over the years.
On the field, Beltran is still one of the best outfielders in Major League Baseball. In his 16th season in the big leagues, Beltran hit .296 with 24 home runs and drove in 84 runs.
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Jill Martin, CNN