Miami Marlins Designated Hitter Jorge Soler is the subject of contract extension rumors. He's also currently on the injured list. There are now more news involving the slugger, he has been nominated as The Fish's representative for the prestigious Roberto Clemente award! This is quite the honor, and it would be amazing to see him win the award for himself and the team.
Miami Marlins designated hitter Jorge Soler has been nominated for the Roberto Clemente award!
Roberto Clemente is a Hall of Famer and one of the most iconic players in Major League history. He spent his entire career from 1955 to 1972 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. During that time, he was part of two of their World Series winning teams. Those teams were in 1960 and 1971. Interestingly, both World Series wins came against American League East teams. The opponents were the New York Yankees in 1960 and the Baltimore Orioles in 1971.
Clemente batted .317/.359/.475 for his career, and was worth 94.8 WAR. He won the National League MVP award in 1966, after batting .317/.360/.536, with 29 home runs and 119 RBI in 154 games and 638 AB. As great as Roberto Clemente has been on the field, his contributions off of it were just as impactful. Clemente supported charity work and tragically died in a plane crash in 1972, delivering supplies to the earthquake affected Nicaragua.
Jorge Soler has been very active with the Miami Marlins Foundation. He's been active with the Foundation since he first joined the team prior to last season. He's done a lot of positive work for the community in the process. He was involved in fundraising efforts, community events and distributing gifts in Little Havana during the holidays. He has also done amazing work for mental health, getting involved in the Miami Marlins Great Minds-Great Athletes panel. He spoke to middle school and high school students about how important mental health is. He gave them advice and even shared personal experiences.
Will Jorge Soler win the Roberto Clemente award? I'm not sure about that, but I certainly hope that he does. He definitely deserves it!