The Hall of Famer Award named Roberto Clemente honors his legacy of humanitarian work and recognizes a player who represents the game through their extraordinary character, community work and positive influence on and off the field.
“I still tell my wife to this day that it’s the best award I’ve ever received in my life,” Kemp said. “It’s very humiliating, especially doing things for society. It feels natural, honest.”
In 2020, Kemp established the +1 Effect campaign, which encouraged constructive conversations about race, systemic racism, and his own personal life experiences.
“I always say that +1 has exceeded my expectations. It’s one of those things you can not put into words how much it means to me, my family and I think people jumped on, and they love to talk about it, “Kemp said.
“It’s been great. Especially last year with everything that was going on, he was also a great resource in our clubhouse,” said As manager Bob Melvin. He won it (nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award), he is extremely proud of what he does off the field. I have often said that it is not easy for a guy who is not a daily player to have so great influence on the pitch and in the clubhouse but he is. He should be proud of his achievements. “
Kemp is also a member of the Players Alliance, which works to create an inclusive culture in baseball and communities to promote and raise racial equality, providing greater opportunities for the black community.
“Players Alliance you saw what Major League Baseball, how much they will donate over the next ten years, that’s a lot of money,” Kemp said. “We’ll actually get donation boxes at the end of the year, extra gear for people who need it,” Kemp said.
This season, Kemp partnered with Players for the Planet and One Tree Planted to help plant trees in urban communities, and the program has been a huge success. Kemp undertook to donate 100 trees for every stolen base and extra base hit he counts this season. A’s business partner PG&E also joined to match Kemp’s tree donations, promoting the impact. The impact has also made its way to social media.
“These people on Twitter, The Last Dive Bar, he went on Twitter and decided to donate money, and 1,000 trees will be planted. We have something to cook for, so keep an eye out,” Kemp said.
The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be honored later in October. Fans can vote for their favorite nominees on MLB’s website. The winner of the fan vote counts as one vote among those cast by a panel through Major League Baseball.
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