Major League Baseball teams nominate one player in honor of Roberto Clemente’s accomplishments and character.
Street. PETERSBURG, FL – Major League Baseball has announced its 2022 nominees for the . award Roberto Clemente Prize And Brandon Lowe was identified in Tampa Bay, along with St. Petersburg’s Beau Pechet of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Capital One is the annual recognition of a major league player who best represents the game of baseball through exceptional character, community engagement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, on and off the field.
Throughout his major career in the league, Lowe has established himself as a leader on the field and throughout the community. In 2019, Lowe created his “Home Runs for Hope” campaign to support the Tampa Bay Crisis Center. After tragically losing a family member to suicide, Brandon wanted to use his platform to destigmatize and spread mental health awareness.
Since 2019, Lowe and the Rice Baseball Foundation for every home run, have donated $100 to the Crisis Center in Tampa Bay. To date, the Home Runs for Hope campaign has raised more than $15,000 for the Tampa Bay Crisis Center.
Lowe and his wife, Madison, a former college football player, are passionate about inspiring young adults to play baseball and softball. Since creating Lowe’s Legends in 2019, Brandon and Madison have provided private experiences and financial support to youth baseball and softball teams in the Tampa Bay area each season. Special experiences provide kids with opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have, including participating in Lowe’s Legends camp at Tropicana Field, attending Rays Games and meeting Brandon.
His program provides subsidies for registration fees and equipment, giving children whose families have been hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic the opportunity to play ball.
Brandon and Madison chose the Baby Quest Foundation as their preferred charity to receive a donation of the $7,500 Roberto Clemente Prize. The Rays will celebrate Capital One’s Roberto Clemente Day honoring Brandon and his charitable efforts at a pre-match gala on Friday, September 16th.
As for Bo Pechet, he served his community at a local shelter weekly during recent seasons at his home in St Pete. During this time, Bichette was providing food, water, clothes, toiletries, shoes, and blankets to the homeless population. This program relies heavily on the consistency of its volunteers so that volunteers can build relationships and trust with those in need with the aim of helping them get out of shelters and get back on their feet.
In addition to volunteering at the orphanage in his hometown, Bichette also has close relationships with several schools in Saint Petersburg, especially his former high school, Lakewood High School. While playing in Dunedin, Bichette hosted 50 students and current staff from Lakewood High to the Toronto Blue Jays home game in Dunedin, Florida. Bichette provided the group with backpacks full of Blue Jays gear and also joined the group for a pre-match chat to discuss the importance of being a good teammate, working hard, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The students were left inspired to continue their education and work hard after hearing motivational words from Bichette who was walking the same halls as now.
For the second year in a row, Bichette has sponsored a baseball-focused camp for over 500 kids through PG Cares. Bichette enjoys promoting youth baseball and was excited to be part of a program that allowed him to help and inspire young athletes to be their best. This full day of camp included transportation to the venue for all campers, food from a local restaurant, a full day of baseball instruction and backpacks filled with baseball-related items that would encourage the kids to keep enjoying the game.
Through his ongoing support of youth baseball, Bichette has enhanced his community involvement by sponsoring a children’s baseball camp and back-to-school gifts of shoes to 300 children enrolled in various recreation centers in southern Saint Petersburg. With the help of several neighbors, friends and local businesses, and with support from the City of St. Pete, the kids were introduced to baseball drills and concepts, provided with lunch and a backpack full of a healthy post-camp snack and a pair. of shoes for the next school year.
Each year, each team nominates a player to be considered for the award in recognition of Clemente’s accomplishments and character. Thursday, September 15th marks Capital One’s 21st annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was created by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and officially recognize local club nominees. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Clemente, who died tragically on New Year’s Eve in 1972 while on a humanitarian mission to help earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Several Rays players and coaches, including Lowe, will honor Clemente by wearing “21” on their uniform during next Thursday’s league-wide celebration, as well as all major league players and coaches who will have a special “21” patch on their sleeves.
The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Capital One will be selected via the blue ribbon panel, including Commissioner Rob Manfred and representatives from Capital One and MLB affiliate networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, TBS), MLB.com, as well as Roberto’s children, Enrique, Luis and Roberto Clemente Jr., starting Thursday, Vote here for English And the Here for Spanish Spanish. The site will display the bios of each of the nominees and will allow fans to vote until the end of the season on Wednesday, October 5th. The winner of the fan vote will be counted as one vote among those cast by the Blue Ribbon Board.
The concept of honoring players for their charitable work was created in 1971 as the “Commissioner’s Award”. The honor’s name was changed to the “Roberto Clemente Award” in 1973 in honor of Clemente posthumously.