MLBbros Tony Kemp and Jason Heyward were nominated by their teams for one of the most prestigious honors in Major League Baseball, the Roberto Clemente Award.
Roberto Clemente played all 18 of his Major League seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
During that time he won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 1966, won 12 consecutive Gold Gloves, led the National League in batting for four seasons and collected over 3,000 hits during his career, but even bigger was his impact off the field.
Clemente was known for his charity work, particularly helping Latin American and Caribbean countries with food and baseball equipment during the off-season.
In 1972, a plane crash tragically took the Hall of Famers life at just 38; he was on his way to help the country of Nicaragua after it had been affected by an earthquake.
Wednesday, September 15 will be the 20th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which honors Clemente’s legacy both on and off the field.
Each player and coach will wear a “21” patch on their jerseys, and on Tuesday each Major League team announced their nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award.
Tony Kemp comes up CLUTCH against the Yanks 🔥 pic.twitter.com/tQC7rw3ubY
— A's on NBCS (@NBCSAthletics) August 30, 2021
The Vanderbilt University alum is in just his second year with Oakland and has already stamped his name as a key leader in their locker room and community.
Tony Kemp named Oakland A's nominee for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award: pic.twitter.com/jVONCp3FsS
— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) September 14, 2021
In 2020 Kemp established his “+1 Campaign” which encourages constructive conversations about race, systematic racism and his own life experiences along with his wife.
In addition to the hundreds of conversations he has hosted, Kemp also joined Players of the Planet, who plant 100 trees for every stolen base and extra base hit he records this season.
Entering Wednesday he is at five stolen bases and 24 extra base hits.
JASON HEYWARD WALK-OFF BOMB! 💪🏼🔥 pic.twitter.com/VEuIXhxj1D
— Cubs Zone ™️ (@CubsZone) September 9, 2021
The “J-Hey” kid has been doing work for his community since he broke into the Bigs at the age of 17 with a first at bat home run and now he is being nominated for his work on the North side of Chicago. During the COVID 19 pandemic, Heyward helped several nonprofits and underserved communities with basic necessities.
Heyward continues to show his commitment to Chicago, the Cubs and his teammates through contributions to community and nonprofit organizations, @CubsCharities and player foundations.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 14, 2021
Heyward also provided $100,00 to M.A.S.K. “Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings,” $100,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, $100,000 to the Universi