Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the Roberto Clemente Award on Monday, which recognizes the involvement of prominent baseball players in their community.
According to MLB.com, the honor is given to a player who “best represents the game of baseball through exceptional character, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions on and off the field.”
Turner, who grew up in California, created a foundation in his name in 2016 with his wife. The organization aims to help veterans living on the streets, young children with serious illnesses, and minor baseball organizations.
“I think the way the weather [des Dodgers] The award ended and how it all went was far from my mind, Turner told the major league site. But it was quite surprising and obviously very exciting news for us.
It was the fifth nomination for Turner, who hit 81 runs in 128 games this season while batting .278. He was unable to help his Dodgers avoid elimination in the Division Series against the San Diego Padres.