Alex Bregman, Tony Kemp and Joe Musgrove are among the players with Astros ties to be finalists for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced each organization’s nominee for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award, as the Houston Astros have Alex Bregman in-line for the award. Of the other players on the list, Tony Kemp (Oakland A’s) and Joe Musgrove (San Diego Padres) are the only other two with ties to the Astros.
"“Finalists are deemed as the players who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.” (per MLB)"
Those nominated have the opportunity to wear Clemente’s No. 21 on Tuesday in honor of the Hall of Famer. The Astros’ Puerto Rican players and staff also have the chance to wear the number, like we saw with Carlos Correa in 2020.
Bregman has contributed on the field more recently with a fiery attitude, while the right-hander has slashed .386/.446/.596 through 57 at-bats in his return from the injured list. Off the field, he has started multiple fundraises that support Autism Awareness and providing meals to those Houstonians in need.
"“It’s an honor to be the nominee along with all the other nominees,” Bregman said. “I hope everyone in Houston is staying safe!”"
Clemente collected 15 All-Star appearances, 12 Gold Gloves and four batting titles in his 18-year career. The outfielder is the only player ever to hit exactly 3,000 hits, as he is one of 32 players to ever reach the milestone.
The Pittsburgh Pirate great brought two World Series to the city he spent his whole career with, while also taking home an MVP and a World Series MVP. Clemente passed away at sea in a plane crash in 1972, as he was delivering supplies to his home country of Puerto Rico. He was 38-years-old.