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Cruz Talks Winning Roberto Clemente Award

Nelson Cruz
photo: Will Vragovic/Tampa Bay Rays

It was announced early Wednesday that Rays designated hitter Nelson Cruz would be the recipient of the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award for his charitable and philanthropic efforts, and Wednesday afternoon, Cruz would show up in Houston to talk about the honor.


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Cruz would be joined on the dais by Luis Clemente, son of the late Hall of Fame outfielder whose name adorns the award, as well as MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.

He then joined the crew on MLB Network’s flagship show, MLB Tonight, which is broadcasting from the World Series.


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Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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