NEW YORK — Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been named the 2015 winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. The Clemente Award goes to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship and community involvement. The nominees, one from each team, were announced back in September. The Award was just presented to him here at Citi Field just prior to Game 3 of the World Series.
In addition to being one of the best players in baseball, McCutchen is involved with several community and non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh. He supports Pirates Charities, the charitable arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Make-A- Wish Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh and Southern West Virginia, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, the Homeless Children’s Education Fund, the Light of Life Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh and many other philanthropic efforts.
In 2010, McCutchen launched his primary charitable effort: “Cutch’s Crew.” “Cutch’s Crew” mentors Pittsburgh inner city youth baseball players and at-risk youth. “Cutch’s Crew” hosts members for select games and provides special baseball clinics at PNC Park.
During the ceremony just now McCutchen said that the Clemente Award means more to him than his MVP, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Award. Vera Clemente, the widow of Roberto Clemente, made a point to say how important it was to her that a Pittsburgh Pirate to earn the honor. He is the second Pirate to win it, actually, with Willie Stargell earning the award in 1974.