Tony Kemp named A’s Roberto Clemente Award – The Vacaville Reporter
Utility player Tony Kemp was named Oakland A nominee for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award, an honor that recognizes an MLB player who “best represents the game of baseball through his extraordinary character, his community involvement, his philanthropy. and his positive contributions both on the field and in the community, ”by MLB. Each of the 30 MLB teams nominates a player for the award to be announced in October.
On Wednesday, Roberto Clemente’s Day, Kemp – along with teammate Elvis Andrus – will wear Clemente’s number 21 on the back of their uniforms. MLB celebrates its 20th annual Roberto Clemente Day in honor of Clemente, who tragically lived and died as a humanitarian. Players and field staff wear the # 21 patch on the sleeves of their uniforms.
Kemp was nominated for his work on establishing the +1 effect, his membership in the Players Alliance, and his participation in Players for the Planet and One Tree Planted. Its +1 effect was created following the social unrest of the summer of 2020 to initiate conversations with people inside and outside the baseball community about systemic racism through lived experience.
“He had a huge impact, not only on the pitch during his short time here, but even more off the pitch,” said Melvin. “During the movement last year, it was an inspiration for us and a resource for all of us. Had a big voice. And what he does off the pitch has been measured by that. It’s an award that measures that, and I know he’s extremely proud of it, as he should be.
The Players Alliance is a group of past and present black MLB players who strive to “create an inclusive culture within baseball and the community” to create racial equity in baseball. Kemp has served on small league panels as part of the alliance.
With One Tree Planted, Kemp has committed to planting 100 trees for every stolen base and every additional base hit this season.