Baseball celebrates Clemente with “21” patches; Pirates and winners all wearing number 21 – SportsLogos.Net News
Fans who listen to Major League Baseball games today will notice that all players wear the number 21 as a black and gold patch on their jerseys.
It’s all in the celebration of the 20th edition Roberto Clement Day, a day to honor a truly great human being both on and off the baseball field.
Not only will all players wear patch 21, but all players who have already won the Roberto Clemente award and those who have been nominated for the award in 2021 will have the option to change their jersey number to 21 for the game, similar to the way players wear size 42 on Jackie Robinson’s day.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, the team Clemente has spent his entire Major League career for, will have all of their players, coaches and managers wearing the number 21, a special “21” stencil will also be painted in right field at PNC Park for their game today.
Major League Baseball’s statement:
“On Roberto Clemente’s day, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the club Roberto has played for his entire Hall of Fame career, will once again see all players, managers and coaches wearing Roberto’s ’21’ on their uniforms. Additionally, for the first time ever, all Roberto Clemente Award nominees and past award winners will have the option to wear “21” on their uniforms, joining players from Puerto Rico and others who wore the number during the event. the 2020 commemoration of Roberto Clemente Day. All players and field staff will wear a “21” patch on their uniform sleeves, with Roberto Clemente Award nominees having a language noting their recognition on their patches. Throughout the league, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on base jewelry and official canoe lineup cards, and a special tribute video will be shown in the stadiums.
Since Clemente’s untimely death in a plane crash during a humanitarian mission to Nicaragua in 1972, no Pirates player has worn 21. The team withdrew the number in their home opener in 1973, reserving its future use only to one of Clemente’s children, should they reach the big leagues.
Clemente’s son Luis came closest to that goal, playing seven games for the Pirates’ Gulf Coast League team in 1985.
Pride of his native Puerto Rico, Roberto Clemente played eighteen major league seasons, all with the Pirates, from 1955 to 1972. During this time, Clemente was selected a dozen times on the All-Star Team of the National League, won the NL MVP Award in 1966, racked up exactly 3,000 hits, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum through a special election (waiving the usual waiting period of five years) in 1973.
The 30 players (one per team) who are eligible to wear the number 21 today due to their nomination for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award are listed below. As mentioned, players who have already won the award are also eligible to change their number today. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through his extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, on and off the field.
Arizona Diamondbacks – David Peralta *
Atlanta Braves – Will Smith *
Baltimore Orioles – Trey Mancini *
Boston Red Sox – Nathan Eovaldi *
Chicago Cubs – Jason heyward
Chicago White Sox – Liam Hendriks
Cincinnati Reds – Joey Votto *
Cleveland Indians – Aaron Civale *
Colorado Rockies – Ian desmond
Detroit Tigers – Miguel Cabrera
Houston Astros – Alex bregman
Kansas City Royals – Salvador Pérez *
Los Angeles Angels – Mike Trout
Los Angeles Dodgers – Justin turner
Miami Marlins – Miguel Rojas
Milwaukee Brewers – Brent Suter
Minnesota Twins – Nelson cruz
New York Foods – Pete Alonso *
New York Yankees – Kyle Higashioka *
Oakland Athletics – Tony kemp
Philadelphia Phillies – Alec Bohm *
Pirates of Pittsburgh – Jacob Stallings *
San Diego Padres – Joe Musgrove *
Giants of San Francisco – Brandon Crawford *
Seattle Mariners – Kyle Seager *
Cardinals of Saint-Louis – Paul Goldschmidt
Tampa Bay Rays – Ryan Yarbrough *
Texas Rangers – José Trevino *
Toronto Blue Jays – Bo Bichette *
Washington Nationals – Max Scherzer *
(* – first time this player is nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award)
Now that some of today’s games have started, a look at the patch in action as well as the # 21 worn by the nominees: