Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been named the 2011 winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. He was presented the award in a ceremony prior to Game 2 of the World Series in St. Louis.
Ortiz has been nominated for the award -- which honors a player for his devotion to community service -- three times, but this is the first year he has been the recipient. The Red Sox claimed the award a year ago as well, when Tim Wakefield was honored.
"I am incredibly honored to be the recipient of this year's Award," said Ortiz. "It's humbling to be associated with all the tremendous names that have won this award in the past, and I look forward to continuing to do my part to maintain Roberto Clemente's legacy."
Ortiz was presented the award by MLB commissioner Bud Selig and Clemente's widow, Vera. "David's remarkable commitment to helping children receive essential pediatric care in the United States and the Dominican Republic makes him a wonderful choice for this honor," Selig said. "The legacy of the great Roberto Clemente lives on through the selfless actions of players like David and so many of his peers."