Miguel Cabrera named Detroit Tigers nominee for the 2023 Roberto Clemente Award

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Miguel Cabrera has the opportunity to end his career by being recognized for something he does every year, and that is giving back to the community. On Friday, Cabrera was the Detroit Tigers nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Capital One. He will be recognized as the Tigers nominee in a pre-game ceremony on the final homestand of the season on Friday, Sept. 29.

Per the press release, 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. Each team nominates every season a player to be considered for this award, which pays tribute to Clemente's character and achievements.

Originally named the “Commissioner's Award”, it was changed to the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in tribute to Clemente, who passed away as he was delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

On Friday, Sept. 15, the annual Roberto Clemente Day will be celebrated across all of Major League Baseball. This marks the 22nd time this day has happened.

Since joining the Detroit Tigers, Miguel's philanthropy started with the launch of the Play Baseball Detroit program back in 2008. The program helps with youth baseball and softball programs across Metro Detroit. Since then, he has done work with several organizations that include the following:

  • Clark Park Coalition and the Miracle League of Michigan, assisting in youth baseball programs.
  • Establishing the Miguel Cabrera Foundation, which launched a program called "Cabrera’s Chamitos," a program providing Tigers game tickets and t-shirts to charitable organizations for children that could otherwise not afford to see the Tigers play at Comerica Park.
  • In 2017, Cabrera established the Cabrera Family Scholarship endowment, awarding two annual renewable college scholarships to first-generation college students in Michigan and South Florida, underscoring his dedication to educational empowerment, just to name a few.

The only Tigers player to win this award was Mr. Tiger himself, Al Kaline back in 1973. You can help Miguel become the second Tigers player by voting for Cabrera starting today on the link below. MLBTogether.com/clemente21.

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