Nelson Cruz is winner of the Roberto Clemente 2021 award

Veteran slugger Nelson Cruz has been named the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award winner.

The Dominican, seven times called to the All-Star Game in a 17-year MLB career, is now recognized not only for his prowess as a hitter, but also for his humanitarian endeavors.

In his hometown of Las Matas de Santa Cruz, DR, Cruz has been the protagonist of relief for people economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, helping more than a thousand families. He has provided supplies and vehicles for the fire department and hospitals, as well as taking eye doctors and medicines. And his foundation, Boomstick23, has been crucial in the construction and financial support for educational centers in that area.

In addition to his country, Cruz has been active in charitable initiatives in the major league cities where he has played, with an emphasis in recent years on Seattle and Minneapolis / St. Paul.

Cruz was nominated by the Twins in 2021, before the slugger was traded to the Rays in July.

The Roberto Clemente Award, established in 1971 and baptized in 1973 with the name of the late Puerto Rican star of the Pittsburgh Pirates, recognizes the player who most exhibits character and positive contributions on and off the field of play.

Clemente perished on December 31, 1972 when the plane in which he was traveling to carry supplies to the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua fell into the sea.


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