Puerto Rico proud: Cardinals star Molina wins Clemente Award

ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 25, 2018 08:09 AM
Puerto Rico proud: Cardinals star Molina wins Clemente Award
St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina reacts after grounding out during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

BOSTON (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has won the Roberto Clemente Award, a fitting honor for the star who grew up on Puerto Rico and idolized the island's late Hall of Famer.

Major League Baseball presented the award Wednesday before Game 2 of the World Series. It is given to the player who best represents Clemente's humanitarian efforts.

Molina has worked tirelessly to help Puerto Rico recover from the effects of Hurricane Maria last year.

The 36-year-old Molina and his wife, Wanda, in 2010 created the Foundation4 (Fundacion4) to improve the lives of underprivileged children on the island who have been affected by poverty, abuse and cancer.

The nine-time All-Star is an eight-time Gold Glove winner and has spent all 15 of his big league seasons with the Cardinals.

Clemente died on Dec. 31, 1972, when his airplane that was carrying supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed after taking off from Puerto Rico.

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