Carlos Beltran named Roberto Clemente Award winner

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Vera Clemente, widow of legend Roberto Clemente, hugs the St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran after he was honored as the Roberto Clemente Award winner.   JEFF ROBERSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Vera Clemente, widow of legend Roberto Clemente, hugs the St. Louis Cardinals' Carlos Beltran after he was honored as the Roberto Clemente Award winner.

Carlos Beltran, of the St. Louis Cardinals, is this year’s recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Beltran was seated next to Clemente’s widow, Vera, when he was honored Saturday, about an hour prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

“I must say this year’s recipient truly exemplifies Roberto’s philosophy,” Vera Clemente said. “Carlos Beltran, you are the pride of all Puerto Ricans.”

Beltran has contributed more than $4 million to his Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico and has played host to fundraising efforts throughout the year.

“A leader by example on the field, Carlos has demonstrated his leadership off the field as well,” MLB Commissioner Selig said. “The academy has made a real difference.”

The award recognizes the player whose contributions on and off the field best represent the game. The award was named for Pirates Hall of Famer Robert Clemente, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

TIGERS: Dodgers’ third base coach Tim Wallach has interviewed for the Detroit Tigers’ managerial opening.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski confirmed Saturday that Wallach and Detroit hitting coach Lloyd McClendon have both interviewed for the job.

BASEBALL WRITERS: LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune is the first black reporter to head the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The 48-year-old Neal was elected Saturday at the BBWAA’s World Series meeting to succeed Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser was the first woman to head the organization, founded in 1908.

NATIONALS: Stephen Strasburg had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow.

Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche also had operations this week.

Harper had the bursa in his left knee repaired. LaRoche had his left, throwing elbow cleaned up.

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