Jose Altuve is humbled to be the Astros’ nominee for the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award.
The annual award recognizes a major league player who best represents baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
“It means a lot,” said Altuve. “I try to do everything for the community, spend time with them.
“Remember where you come from. I remember when I was a little kid. When guys like that would come out to the community and spend time with us. If I can do it, I’ll do it every day.”
The Astros second baseman has contributed a lot of his time with at-risk youth at the team’s Urban Youth Academy.
“It’s something I like to do, with the fans, the community, the young kids,” said Altuve. “Try to help them a lot.”
Tuesday marks the 12th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which Major League Baseball established to honor Clemente’s legacy. Beginning on Tuesday fans can vote at ChevyBaseball.com.
Clemente was a 15-time All-Star who collected 3,000 career hits. Clemente died in a plane crash attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve 1972.
“Everybody knows who he was,” said Altuve. “He was a very good player and a good person outside the field. He helped people and that’s how everybody should be.”
The Astros’ Craig Biggio won the award in 2007. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers won in 2012.