The following is a press release from the Texas Rangers:
Arlington, TX--Major League Baseball today announced that catcher Jose Trevino was named the Texas Rangers 2021 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, baseball’s most prestigious individual honor for Major Leaguers.
The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
As part of the annual program, each MLB Club nominates one player to be considered for the league-wide Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character.
Since joining the Rangers in 2019, Trevino has been very active in a number of community endeavors. He served as the honorary chairman of the 2020 Texas Rangers Toy Drive, which raised funds to purchase holiday gifts for youngsters at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy. At the same time, Trevino worked with the West Side Helping Hand in his hometown of Corpus Christi to purchase over 2,800 toys for families in need, the fourth consecutive year he has operated that Holiday Toy Drive. During the hiatus in the 2020 MLB season due to the pandemic, he created “Trevi Talks” on social media where he engaged fans, gave away prizes, and raised funds for several organizations. This season, Trevino designed a special Tayhoss “Hip Hip Jose” t-shirt with the process of its sales going to the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation. He also has participated in a number of other Rangers community events.
Trevino will be presented with his 2021 Rangers Roberto Clemente Award in a pre-game ceremony on Wednesday, September 15, which marks the 20th annual Roberto Clemente Day Major League Baseball established the annual recognition to honor Clemente’s legacy as a humanitarian and to formally acknowledge Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks.
The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be selected via a blue ribbon panel, including Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN and TBS), MLB.com, as well as Roberto’s children, Enrique, Luis and Roberto Clemente, Jr. Beginning today, fans can vote for the Roberto Clemente Award via mlb.com/clemente21. The site will feature bios of each of the nominees and will allow fans to vote until the end of the season on Sunday, October 3rd. The winner of the fan vote will count as one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.
The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award.” The recognition 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.