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Tim Wakefield honored with Roberto Clemente Award

Oct 28, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield waves at a news conference where he was awarded the Roberto Clemente award before Game 2 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

MLB’s Roberto Clemente Award is handed out annually to a player who “combines on-field excellence with extraordinary community endeavors.”  Or so says Alex Speier of the great WEEI.com.  This year, Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield was given the honor at a press conference before Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco.  A note from the commish:

“Major League Baseball congratulates Tim Wakefield for being named the recipient of the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “While Tim has put together a wonderful career on the field, his efforts off the field have had a lasting impact on the lives of young people, particularly in New England and Melbourne, Florida. We are proud to honor him with this prestigious Award.”

Wakefield has played a major role in a variety of charities over the past few years in the New England Area, including “Pitching For Kids,” which provides educational grants to needy children in the great Northeast.  Also, he’s raised over $10 million through his annual Tim Wakefield Celebrity Golf Classic and Memorabilia Auction.  It’s great to see those efforts rewarded and Wakefield told reporters that it was the “greatest honor of his career … the ultimate.”

Past Roberto Clemente Award recipients include Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Craig Biggio, Carlos Delgado, John Smoltz, Edgar Martinez, Jamie Moyer and Jim Thome.

  1. Glenn - Oct 28, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    A well deserved award for an unselfish and classy individual. Even if he never becomes the all-time Red Sox win leader, he’ll always be the first Red Sock to win the Roberto Clemente award.

  2. BC - Oct 29, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    Man, I hope he comes back, but he probably won’t. Always liked him.

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