Yadier Molina wins 2018 Roberto Clemente Award
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has been named the winner of the 2018 Roberto Clemente Award. The Roberto Clemente Award, voted on by fans and members of the media, is an annual award given to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.”
Molina is the fifth Cardinal to win the award, joining Lou Brock (1975), Ozzie Smith (1995), Albert Pujols (2008), and Carlos Beltrán (2013). Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won it last year.
Molina has been providing aid to victims of Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last year. He posted about winning the award on Instagram:
Molina wasn’t available to receive the award in person on Wednesday because he is coaching the Puerto Rican 23-U national team in Colombia. Molina’s wife, Wanda, accepted the award on his behalf.