Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen was awarded the 2015 Roberto Clemente Award, which is given annually to a player who displays sportsmanship and contributes to their community on and off the field.
“It means a lot. I feel like it means a bit more to me, just because of it being Roberto Clemente and him playing for the Pirates, wearing the same uniform,” McCutchen said as he received the award before World Series Game 3. “It just shows that I'm moving in the right direction as far as being able to do the things that I want to do off the baseball field. Just getting a prestigious award like this is very humbling.”
McCutchen, 29, started “Cutch’s Crew” in 2010 to assist inner-city youth baseball players and at-risk children in Pittsburgh. He has also spent time with children as an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, the Homeless Children's Education Fund, the Light of Life Rescue Mission and Habitat for Humanity. Earlier this year, McCutchen helped fulfill the wish of 10-year-old Sean Campbell from Leonardtown, Md., who has been diagnosed with a congenital heart condition.
McCutchen is just the second Pirate to win the award as Willie Stargell was honored in 1974. The award is named after Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 at the age of 38 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
McCutchen can add the title to his resume that already includes the 2013 National League MVP Award and five All-Star Game appearances. He finished last season with 23 home runs, 96 RBIs and a .292 batting average.
- Christopher Chavez