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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.

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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.

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Ryan Braun and Griselda Aldrete were honored before today’s game.

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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.

Yadiel Rivera, Martin Maldonado and Ramon Flores pose in front of an amazing photograph of Clemente that Rieder recovered in a dumpster in Puerto. Just one of the many amazing artifacts and stories you'll come across at the museum.

Yadiel Rivera, Martin Maldonado and Ramon Flores pose in front of an amazing photograph of Clemente that Rieder recovered in a dumpster in Puerto. Just one of the many amazing artifacts and stories you’ll come across at the museum.

You can check out that story, here. 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

Brewers Visit Roberto Clemente Museum

Early this morning, I had the pleasure of touring 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.

Yadiel Rivera, Martin Maldonado and Ramon Flores pose in front of an amazing photograph of Clemente that Rieder recovered in a dumpster in Puerto. Just one of the many amazing artifacts and stories you'll come across at the museum.

Yadiel Rivera, Martin Maldonado and Ramon Flores pose in front of an amazing photograph of Clemente that Rieder recovered in a dumpster in Puerto. Just one of the many amazing artifacts and stories you’ll come across at the museum.

A native of Puerto Rico (like Maldonado and Rivera), Roberto Clemente was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954 and spent his entire 18-year career with the Club. During that time, he rose to become one of the greatest baseball players of his time, a 15-time MLB All-Star, Hall of Famer and recipient of every possible award given in Major League Baseball.

Had to take this photo. Ironically, our cab driver was wearing a Clemente jersey. Shows just how beloved a figure he is in Pirates history, a true MLB legend.

Had to take this photo. Ironically, our cab driver was wearing a Clemente jersey. Shows just how beloved a figure he is in Pirates history, a true MLB legend.

Off the field, Clemente built a reputation as a humanitarian. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 while delivering supplies to  earthquake victims in Nicaragua, and he is remembered as much for his giving spirit off the field as his Hall of Fame career.

His legacy lives on at the Clemente Museum.

The Clemente Museum is housed in historic Engine House 25, located in the revitalized Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. Rieder has meticulously renovated Engine House 25 to showcase the world’s largest exhibited collection of baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia, and related materials which focus on Roberto Clemente, his teammates, his personal life, and his humanitarian causes. The museum has a relationship with the Clemente family through archiving and preserving the family’s history.

As a small non-profit with limited resources, the museum is open by appointment for guided tours only, which means that our group had the place to ourselves this morning and had the privilege of hearing many remarkable stories behind the items from Rieder himself.

Rieder (right), guides us on our tour.

Rieder (rightwith cap), guides us on our tour. 

Whether it is the Gold Gloves, The Silver Slugger Award, The 1960 and ’71 World Series Rings, the cleats and home base from the ’71 series or the name of his wife, Vera, scratched into a vase Roberto made for her, visitors to the museum will leave knowing, more fully, what made Roberto Clemente a great man.

Maldy poses with one of Clemente's bats.

Maldy poses with one of Clemente’s bats.

Back in Clemente's day, the bats were bigger than they are today. Yadiel's impressed.

Back in Clemente’s day, the bats were bigger than they are today. Yadiel’s impressed.

Roberto Clemente's bat comes up to my waist. #NBD #Baseball #robertoclemente #brewers #milatpit

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Yadiel and Flores

When I found out we were going to be touring the Clemente Museum I had no idea we would also be visiting a winery. Yes, that’s right, Engine House 25 also houses an operational winery and wine cellar, featuring Roberto Clemente Wines, among others.

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A portion of the proceeds from the wine supports ongoing efforts to share the legacy of Roberto Clemente, and directly benefits Clemente’s wife, Vera, who even has her own limited edition rare label.

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Amazing! Again, such a truly magnificient and unique place. I certainly had no idea what I was in store for me when I got up this morning.

Because Clemente’s storied name is synonymous with moral excellence, compassion and charitable work, each year, Roberto Clemente Day is celebrated around the baseball world to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

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This year is the 15th annual observance of Roberto Clemente Day and MLB will be honoring Clemente’s legacy with games in Puerto Rico. The Marlins and the Pirates will play a two-game series in San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium on May 30-31. May 31 will be Roberto Clemente Day throughout Major League Baseball, giving the Pirates a chance to observe the occasion in Clemente’s home country.

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A huge thanks to Rieder for a phenomenal tour. Rarely do you meet someone like him, whose passion and enthusiasm for what he does is so infectious.

I highly encourage all baseball fans to pay a visit to Pittsburgh and seek out the Clemente Museum–but remember, it’s by appointment only!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

Hey Packers! Good Luck in Dallas! (Y’all Bring the Trophy Home Now, Ya Hear?)

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, Wisconsin sports fans! 

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