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The influence of Latin American baseball in the Major Leagues would not be the same without Roberto Clemente, the best Hispanic player who has ever played this sport. On Friday, September 15, MLB honors the late Hall of Famer with Roberto Clemente Day. MLB players will wear No. 21 in his honor, and PNC Park in Pittsburgh will hold a special ceremony when the Pirates host the New York Yankees.

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Hispanics will represent 31.9 percent of Major League players in 2022. Roberto Clemente was Puerto Rican and his exploits are remembered in the Major Leagues and recognized in all Latin sports in the United States.

Clemente’s son, Roberto Jr., talks about the Roberto Clemente Foundation and the importance of honoring Roberto’s legacy of faith, love and service by helping those less fortunate. Thursday, September 14, was the first time the foundation held a gala dinner. A baseball clinic will follow Saturday’s game between the Pirates and the Yankees.

And this week the Puerto Rican photography exhibition ‘3000’ opened at PNC Park. The exhibit tells the story of Clemente’s life and legacy, including his 3,000th hit in 1972.

About Roberto Clemente Day

Roberto Clemente Day was established by Major League Baseball in 2002 to honor the legacy of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies. to the victims of the earthquake in Nicaragua.

In his honor, the MLB annually presents the Roberto Clemente Award 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. Each team’s Roberto Clemente Award nominees were announced last week and will be honored on September 15 at stadiums across the league.

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Clemente’s playing career for the Pittsburgh Pirates included 3,000 hits, a .317 batting average, four batting titles, 12 Gold Gloves and a 15-time All-Star. He won the National League MVP in 1966, and won two World Series titles in 1960 and 1971, being named MVP of the latter.

World Series Odds

BetMGM was the first sportsbook to have a large presence at PNC Park starting in 2021. The ‘King of Sports Betting’ has World Series odds for the next teams in the playoff race with about 15 games remaining in the regular season.

  • Atlanta Braves (+260)
  • Los Angeles Dodgers (+500)
  • Houston Astros (+550)
  • Baltimore Orioles (+800)
  • Tampa Bay Rays (+1100)
  • Philadelphia Phillies (+1400)
  • Seattle Mariners (+1400)
  • Milwaukee Brewers (+2000)
  • Texas Rangers (+2000)
  • Minnesota Twins (+2200)
  • Toronto Blue Jays (+2500)
  • Chicago Cubs (+3300)
  • Cubs (+800)

The MLB playoffs begin on Tuesday, October 3, and the World Series is scheduled to begin on October 27. That’s when the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award also receives baseball’s most prestigious award.

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