Goldschmidt honored for character and philanthropy as Cards 2022 nominee for Roberto Clemente Award – Reuters

Paul Goldschmidt’s career-long support for philanthropic causes was again recognized Thursday, when he was announced as the St. Louis Cardinals nominee for the 2022 Roberto Clemente Award, the seventh time he has been the candidate of his team.

The Roberto Clemente Award recognizes the major league player who best represents the game on and off the field through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions. It is the highest individual player award given out by MLB.

“I hear the name Roberto Clemente and I think of everything he has done not just on the pitch, but off the pitch,” Goldschmidt said. “His humanitarian efforts around the world are inspirational and I am honored to represent the St. Louis Cardinals as a nominee for this year’s Roberto Clemente Award.”

True to his humble character, Goldschmidt supported a wide range of charitable causes behind the scenes without seeking recognition for his efforts. Since joining the Cardinals in December 2018, he has joined fellow 2020 Roberto Clemente Award-winning teammate Adam Wainwright in several charitable endeavors through Wainwright’s charity Big League Impact, which helps people to meet basic human needs such as food, drinking water, medical care. , housing and education. In 2021, he helped support the construction of a community center in the Dominican Republic as part of the #ALLWIN campaign, an effort in which players pledge dollars and support to causes and ask fans to join in. them in their support. As part of BLI’s #ALLWIN 2022 campaign, Goldschmidt performs for Habitat for Humanity St. Louis.

Earlier this month, Goldschmidt held a free baseball clinic for kids, parents and coaches at Busch Stadium and hosted Uncork for a Cause, a benefit for Water Mission, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization. company that designs, builds and implements drinking water, sanitation and hygiene solutions. for people in developing countries and disaster areas.

Goldschmidt also supports Cardinals Care, the Cardinals’ team charity, as well as numerous other programs that benefit various youth organizations, the St. Louis Down Syndrome Association and Annie’s Hope, which provides support services for children. , adolescents and their grieving families. .

“Paul Goldschmidt is truly an athlete of extraordinary character, both on and off the field,” said Michael Hall, Vice President, Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “We admire his considerable and numerous efforts to help those in need, and we are proud to have him among the cardinals.”

The winner of the league-wide Roberto Clemente Award will be selected via a blue ribbon panel with a fan vote that will count as one vote among those cast by panel members. Starting today, fans can vote at mlb.com/clemente21.

Previous Cardinals to have won the Roberto Clemente award are Wainwright (2020), Yadier Molina (2018), Carlos Beltrán (2013), Albert Pujols (2008), Ozzie Smith (1995) and Lou Brock (1975), the biggest club of the MLB. .

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