Paul Goldschmidt was a five-time nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award when he played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Now with the St. Louis Cardinals, the first baseman is a six-time nominee.
Goldschmidt is the Cardinals' 2021 nominee for the award, which recognizes one player from each team who best represents baseball through character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. No individual MLB award is considered more prominent.
An overall winner of the award among the club nominees will be selected via a blue-ribbon panel and a fan vote at mlb.com/clemente21.
“I hear the name Roberto Clemente and think of all he did not only on the field, but off the field,” Goldschmidt said. “His humanitarian efforts across the globe are inspirational and I am honored to represent the St. Louis Cardinals as this year’s Roberto Clemente Award nominee.”
Goldschmidt’s philanthropic efforts now extend to both Arizona and St. Louis. He and his wife, Amy, support the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children, including a current capital campaign to help fund Ava’s Treehouse, which gives pediatric cancer patients and their families a place to play and relax. They also participate in hospital visits and Make-A-Wish events for pediatric patients in St. Louis.
Goldschmidt also works to combat hunger through Convoy of Hope, a faith-based nonprofit organization that helps communities worldwide, and Adam Wainwright's Big League Impact program. Goldschmidt also operates Goldy’s Golden Ticket, which supports needy youth organizations with game tickets, T-shirts, photo cards and food vouchers. The 34-year-old slugger has met with hundreds of children as part of the program.
“Paul Goldschmidt is truly an athlete of extraordinary character both on and off the field,” said Michael Hall, the Cardinals' vice president, community relations, and executive director of Cardinals Care. “We admire his far-reaching and numerous efforts to help people in need.”
Previous Cardinals winners of the award were Wainwright (2020), Yadier Molina (2018), Carlos Beltran (2013), Albert Pujols (2008), Ozzie Smith (1995) and Lou Brock (1975), tops among MLB clubs.
Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy as a humanitarian, will be celebrated Wednesday.