McCutchen named Clemente Award winner

Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:23pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates was named winner of the Roberto Clemente Award on Friday for his contributions on and off the field, including community involvement.

McCutchen was one of 30 candidates for the award as each of the Major League Baseball teams nominated one of their own players for the honor.

A five-time All-Star and former National League Most Valuable Player, McCutchen has participated heavily in activities for Pirates Charities and in fundraising.

He also supports other local and national charities, including the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, hosting children at the ballpark facing life-threatening illnesses.

The award pays tribute to Roberto Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who dedicate themselves to helping others.

It is named for the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve in 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

"I can only hope that I can do at least half that he did," said McCutchen.

McCutchen's selection was announced by Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. at a press conference prior to Game Three of the World Series at Citi Field.   Continued...

Aug 23, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports