Roberto Clemente Day 2016
Today, we are celebrating Roberto Clemente Day at Miller Park. This year marks the fifteenth annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo appears on the bases and official dugout lineup cards.
Beginning today, fans can also vote for the overall winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on social media by posting voting hashtags to Twitter and Facebook.
Yesterday, we announced that Ryan Braun has been named the Milwaukee Brewers 2016 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB. Fans can vote for Braun by using #VOTEBraun.
To enhance Roberto Clemente Day and celebrate Clemente’s enduring legacy in 2016, Major League Baseball worked with the 30 Clubs to establish SEAT 21. SEAT 21 is a esignated seat in each ballpark on Roberto Clemente Day dedicated to a well-known or local hero originally from the community who will be recognized in addition to the Club Clemente Award nominee. Recognizing individuals who embody the humanitarian spirit of Roberto Clemente is a natural extension of the current honor bestowed upon players each year and gives MLB and the Clubs the opportunity to further extend the message of service and commitment.
The Brewers SEAT 21 nominee is Griselda Aldrete, President & CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM). Aldrete took part in an on-field recognition with Braun and threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight’s game against the Cubs.
The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award,” but was renamed to the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Each September since 2002, Major League Baseball has commemorated Roberto Clemente Day.
Earlier this season, fans may recall that I visited the Roberto Clemente Museum with a group from the Brewers that included Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, outfielder Ramon Flores, infielder Yadiel Rivera, Brewers Bullpen Coach Lee Tunnell and Third Base Coach Ed Sedar, along with a few other staff members.
The tour was arranged by Maldonado, who has visited many times before and knows the Executive Director and Curator, Duane Rieder, personally.