Justin Turner wins MLB Clemente Award for Philanthropy

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner won Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award for character, community service and philanthropy on Monday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner won Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award for character, community service and philanthropy on Monday.

Turner received the award during the World Series shortly before the end of Game 3, two years after he was criticized by the commissioner’s office for breaking coronavirus protocols by celebrating with his teammates after the title-winning Game 6 .

“I’ve been blessed to play for, play this game for a while and get some really great rewards on the pitch. But this one will be front and center. It’s the most meaningful for me,” Turner said.

Turner, 37, was nominated for the award for the fifth time this year.

“It’s one of my favorite days in the baseball calendar, and it’s baseball’s greatest honor to receive the Roberto Clemente Award,” commissioner Rob Manfred said.

Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame outfielder Clemente died 50 years ago in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1972, while providing aid for earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

The Justin Turner Foundation, funded by Turner and his wife Kourtney in 2016, supports homeless veterans, children and families struggling with illnesses and diseases, also helps youth baseball organizations and hosts a baseball tournament. annual golf course that raised $650,000 this year for the Dream Center and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Turner and his wife donated $100,000 to the Dream Center, which supports the homeless and hungry, to fund its foster care intervention program. Last year, the center renamed its food bank in honor of Turner and his wife.

Turner and his wife have donated more than $100,000 to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he sits on the board, and they’ve provided more than 70,000 toys and 14,000 bikes to children in Los Angeles. . They also visit patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, host of its Walk and Play LA event, and Cedars Sinai Hospital. They have sent recovery videos to children across the country and are honorary hosts of CHLA’s Walk and Play LA event.

The foundation supports the AM 570 Veterans Day Radiothon which assists the Dream Center Veterans Program.

He served as a race starter for this year’s Los Angeles Marathon, helping raise more than $70,000, and his foundation helped renovate Transition House, a downtown Los Angeles facility for homeless veterans. .

A two-time All-Star, Turner would become eligible for free agency after the World Series if the Dodgers turned down a $16 million option in favor of a $2 million buyout.

Turner was pulled from Game 6 two years ago after the seventh inning against Tampa Bay when MLB was notified he had tested positive for COVID-19. Turner refused instructions from security to leave the field during the postgame celebration, behavior MLB said he was risking the safety of others.

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