The Dodgers Win on the Night When Baseball Honors the Legacy of Roberto Clemente

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

On Wednesday night where Major League Baseball celebrated the contributions of Roberto Clemente, the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-to-4 in ten innings.

Clemente was the first Latin or Caribbean player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Although the Dodgers signed Clemente, they did not have room on the Major-League roster; they lost him to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Known for his strong accurate throwing arm, Clemente had 3,000 hits and was the MVP of the 1971 World Series.

Baseball remembers Clemente for his humanitarian efforts. He always helped people in need. In December 1972, there was a massive earthquake in Niagara. Clemente sent much-needed supplies to the disaster area, but he felt he ought to do more. On New Year’s Eve of 1972, he was on another plane carrying more supplies, but the plane crashed, killing four people, including Clemente. Every Puerto Rican born player idolizes Clemente, and Wednesday they had the privilege to wear Clemente’s #21.

Many people around baseball think Major League Baseball should retire #21 for Clemente since he did so much for the Latino community. Every year Major League Baseball represents the Roberto Clemente Award to the player who is generous with his time and money to help his community. In 2020, the Dodgers have nominated Justin Turner for the prestigious award. Justin with his wife Kourtney works tirelessly visiting young cancer patients and wartime veterans and providing meals to school-age children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Clayton Kershaw, who has had a wonderful year, could not control his pitches. He allowed four runs in five innings.

Mookie Betts and Kiké Hernandez homered. Hernandez drove in another run. Chris Taylor and AJ Pollock drove in the winning runs in the tenth.

Again, Adam Koralek, Brusdar Graterol, Jake McGee, and Blake Treinen pitched magnificently.

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