Phillies 3B Alec Bohm is in the running for the 2021 Roberto Clemente Award
Philadelphia Phillies infielder Alec Bohm has been down in the minors for nearly a month — and is currently dealing with a hand injury that has sidelined him since late August. Last season, the 25-year-old gained attention after his strong rookie efforts, which resulted in him being tied for second place in the NL Rookie of the Year Award race.
Now, a year later, the Nebraska native is in the running for another award — the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award. Named after the late, great pioneering Hall of Famer, the award is given annually to the MLB player who best represents the game through their extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy, as well as on and off-the-field contributions.
Each club nominates a player to be considered for the award, in tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character. The winner will be selected via a panel, which includes the Pirates legend’s children.
Most of Bohm’s charitable work comes through The Alec Bohm Foundation, whose mission is to “inspire philanthropy and create a meaningful impact in communities nationwide.”
Among Bohm’s passions include high school and collegiate athletics, medical research and innovation, and eliminating homelessness. His foundation regularly auctions off his game-used memorabilia and athletic gear to raise funds.
Rhys Hoskins was selected as the Phillies’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Those same seasons, he was the recipient of the Phillies Community Service Award. Starting pitcher Aaron Nola was the Phillies Community Service Award winner and Clemente Award club nominee in 2020. Outfielder Andrew McCutchen won the Roberto Clemente Award in 2015, while a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bohm’s sophomore season has not been as successful as his rookie campaign — slashing only .245/.302/.342 through 111 games and 407 plate appearances. But his off-field philanthropic endeavors make him a winner in a greater sense.