CHICAGO — Curtis Granderson has won the Roberto Clemente Award, becoming the fourth player from the Mets to take home baseball’s honor for sportsmanship and community involvement.
Granderson, who is from the Chicago suburb of Blue Island, helps run baseball clinics and character development programs through the Grand Kids Foundation. The outfielder also made a $5 million donation to his alma mater of Illinois-Chicago for the construction of indoor/outdoor baseball facility.
Clemente, a longtime Hall of Famer for the Pirates, died on New Year’s Eve in 1972 while on a charter plane that crashed after takeoff. The plan was carrying relief aid to Nicaragua following an earthquake.
Gary Carter, Al Leiter and Carlos Delgado are the previous winners of the award from the Mets. Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was recognized last year.