ST. LOUIS – Outfielder Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals is this year’s recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.
Beltran was seated next to Clemente’s widow, Vera, when he was honored Saturday, about an hour before Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
“I must say this year’s recipient truly exemplifies Roberto’s philosophy,” Vera Clemente said.
Beltran, 36, has contributed more than $4 million to his Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico.
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The award recognizes the player whose contributions on and off the field best represent the game. The award was named for Pirates Hall of Famer Clemente, who died Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
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