Luis Clemente & Ozzie Smith to Present Yadi With Award Before Friday’s Game
Cardinals Museum will Display Award through August
ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 9, 2019–The St. Louis Cardinals will recognize catcher Yadier Molina for his 2018 Roberto Clemente Award win during a pregame ceremony on Friday night. Major League Baseball bestows the Roberto Clemente Award annually to the player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Molina was selected as the 2018 recipient for his charitable work through Fundación 4, an organization he and his wife Wanda established in 2010 to benefit youth impacted by poverty, abuse and cancer, as well as his ongoing humanitarian efforts to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico in 2017.
Previous Cardinals to win the Roberto Clemente Award include Carlos Beltran (2013), Albert Pujols (2008), Ozzie Smith (1995) and Lou Brock (1975). Roberto Clemente’s son, Luis Clemente, and Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith will be on hand to present Molina with the prestigious award.
“Yadi had to miss the ceremony during the 2018 World Series because he was managing the Puerto Rico national team, so we wanted to make sure he knows we appreciate his ongoing contributions by presenting this award in person,” said Luis Clemente.
Fans will have the opportunity to learn more about the award during two Artifact Spotlight presentations at the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum on Friday afternoon at 3P PM and 3:30 PM. Additionally, the award will be available for photo opportunities on Saturday from 10 AM-12:30 PM in the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum before it is placed in its display case where it will remain through August. Visit cardinals.com/museum for museum hours and ticket information.
The Cardinals are also celebrating Molina’s achievement Friday with a Yadier Molina and Roberto Clemente Double Bobblehead, presented by Coca-Cola and Walmart, available to 30,000 fans ages 16 and older. Visit cardinals.com/promotions for more information.
For more information about Molina’s charitable foundation, Fundación 4, visit yadiermolina4.com