Nelson Cruz received an award more, but this time for his work outside the diamond after winning the Roberto Clemente Award 2021, the 50th edition of the award by the Major Leagues for players who perform admirably in the community.
The delivery happened prior to Game 2 of the Fall Classic between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves this Wednesday, October 27 to the batter who played for the Minnesota Twins and the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2021 season.
The Dominican home runner raised the same award that at the time reached his compatriots: Sammy Sosa (1998), Albert Pujols (2008) and David Ortiz (2011). It should be noted that Cruz was finalist for the 2018 and 2020 editions, so he finally has a trophy on his record that was denied him a couple of times.
Cruz spoke to the media after learning that he would be this year’s winner. He did not stop mentioning that baseball is more than a game and that you can also help the neediest population through sport in words that he took up ESPN.
The award with a solid gold base with black frames features the name of Nelson Cruz in black lettering plus a copper colored ring on the top with the name “Roberto Clemente”. Jake Odorizzi, player of the rival team in the World Series, was one of the first to approach the Dominican batter and in statements for mlb.com commented that he was happy for his opponent, especially because he was part of the Twins at the same time that he shared a dressing room with Cruz.
Cruz was part of the institution to beat. In this year he put 32 homers, with a .832 OPS record more a OPS + of 130. The Rays, the player’s current team, won 100 matches to become winners of the American League East, the problem is that they could not access the championship in their sector.