HOUSTON — Nelson Cruz has been given Main League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award for character, group involvement and philanthropy.
Cruz, the fiftieth winner of the glory, was to obtain the award earlier than World Sequence Sport 2 on Wednesday evening.
The 17-year MLB veteran and seven-time All-Star supplied monetary assist to 1,200 households in his hometown of Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, serving to feed 700 households.
After a hearth destroyed the house of a childhood buddy, Cruz supplied the city with a hearth engine, 80 firefighter uniforms and an ambulance for transport of individuals to the closest hospital, which is about an hour away.
His Boomstick23 Basis started development of an training and technical middle final yr and he’ll inventory the middle with computer systems to help athletes of their training.
Cruz, 41, additionally organizes dentists and optometrists to go the city’s clinic for checkups, drugs and eyewear, and 500 sufferers acquired dental companies final yr.
He helped organize for MLB, Main League Baseball Gamers Affiliation and the union’s Gamers Belief to donate $400,000 to the Dominican Republic for medical gear and meals assist throughout the pandemic.