Cardinals star Yadier Molina receives Roberto Clemente Award

Cardinals star Yadier Molina receives Roberto Clemente Award

"Yadi was really the spearhead in some ways of the efforts in Puerto Rico", noted Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred when speaking of Molina's humanitarian efforts in the previous year. It is given to the player who best represents Clemente's humanitarian efforts. "I'm very proud of him".

Wednesday, he was given one of baseball's highest honours, the Roberto Clemente Award.

The veteran backstop hoped to be on hand in Boston but remained with the Puerto Rican U-23 team he's managing in Colombia. The award was originally named the Commissioner's Award, but was renamed in Clemente's honor after his death. Clemente also managed the national team while he was playing in the major leagues.

9x All-Star. 8x Gold Glover.

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Just two days after the Cardinals' 2017 season ended, Molina, his friends and family arrived in Puerto Rico with crates of supplies.

"He put a lot of effort, his foundation, they do an outstanding job", Boston Red Sox manager and fellow Puerto Rican native Alex Cora said.

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Last year's recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award was Anthony Rizzo the first baseman for the Chicago Cubs who is a cancer survivor and has a foundation that supports children who are fighting cancer.

Cora also gave extensive praise to Molina's relief efforts.

Yadier Molina becomes the fifth St. Louis Cardinals player to win the award, joining Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Albert Pujols and Carlos Beltran as the only Cardinals to win the award.

"I call him the leader because he's the leader of our national team". And he's the leader on the field. He's the third Puerto Rican-born player to win the award and the fourth from Puerto Rico. Very proud of what he's done throughout his career. But I think a year ago was the highlight of his career. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the Cardinals organization for nominating me, to Major League Baseball for recognizing the great Roberto Clemente year after year, and of course to the fans for supporting me and my foundation's relief efforts this year.

The nine-time All-Star is an eight-time Gold Glove victor and has spent all 15 of his big league seasons with the Cardinals.

Clemente played in the All-Star Game 15 times for the Pittsburgh Pirates, but died in 1972 in a plane crash while carrying humanitarian aid to Nicaragua to help quake victims.

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