CLEVELAND, Ohio — Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco is the Cleveland Indians’ nominee for Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award, the highest individual honor bestowed by the league for philanthropic work.
Carrasco is among 30 club nominees for the award, which will be voted upon by a select panel at the conclusion of the regular season. This is the third time Carrasco has earned the Indians’ nomination dating back to 2015. The Roberto Clemente Award annually recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Carrasco and his wife, Karry, work tirelessly throughout the year to make a difference for at-risk children in Cleveland, their city of residence in Tampa, and Venezuela.
“I am honored to be nominated for this prestigious award,” Carrasco said in a press release. “My wife and I are committed to making a difference in Cleveland, Tampa and in my native Venezuela, to provide kids with better opportunities at success.”
Carrasco’s efforts to benefit children include working with the United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign, visiting schools to donate books, Christmas toy drives, funding medical supply shipments and purchasing back-to-school supplies. Each MLB team nominates one player to be considered for the Roberto Clemente Award in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character.