Thursday, September 15, marks 50 years since the death of Roberto Clemente, and the second annual celebration of Roberto Clemente Day across Major League Baseball. About that, MLB Network is publishing some special coverage. They will broadcast MLB tonight Live from Citi Field before Pittsburgh Pirates–New York Mets The game, considering Clemente spent his entire MLB career (1955-72) with the Pirates.
This edition of MLB tonight It will be co-hosted by Fran Charles, Sean Casey and former Roberto Clemente Prize winner Harold Reynolds. A number of other Clemente Award winners will join the program in person, including Steve Garvey, Carlos Delgado, Jimmy Rollins, Dale Murphy, Rick Sutcliffe, Dave Stewart and Dave Winfield. The award has been handed out every year since 1971, and was named after Clemente in 1973 after his death in 1972 in a plane crash while delivering supplies to the victims of the Nicaragua earthquake. Voted by both the media and fans, and awarded to a player who “embodies baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and an individual’s contribution to his or her team.”
As for this specific living MLB tonight Version, MLBN Senior Vice President (Production) Mark Kayava told AA via email that this fits in with their strategy of direct expansion of road coverage beyond what they’ve done for the All-Star Game and World Series. Some examples of this include the college’s first-ever remote broadcast intentional discussion from the University of Texas at Austin in MayAnd the MLB tonight From City Field Prior to the MLBN Showcase game on August 31, and exclusive on-site minor league coverage, including From Field of Dreams in Iowa). This makes particular sense, Caiafa said, with Clemente Prize winners available to participate:
“It is important for us to live out of the way,” Kaiva said. “It breathes life into our shows and makes some events feel great. Roberto Clemente Day has been on our calendar for months. Having all award winners have the opportunity to be involved in our content shows Clemente’s great influence and will make Thursday at Citi Field even more special.”
after, after MLB tonight Thursday, the network will broadcast a special show MLB Tonight: Conversation Program on the legacy of Clemente. This software, registered with MLBN’s Studio 21 (as shown above, is Named after Clemente) jointly with Reynolds and Pedro Martinez. Joining Clemente Award winners Albert Pujols, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins, Ozzy Smith, Rod Carew, Curtis Granderson and Nelson Cruz, as well as Clemente’s son Louis, will be joined. Here’s a clip from that featuring Jeter, who won this award in 2009:
Here’s a quote from that, where Jeter talked about how he won the Clemente Award for his other accomplishments:
“It’s right there up there because it’s not just about what you’ve done on the field. I think you go around and you ask everyone in the game about Roberto Clemente, the first thing that comes to mind is all the work he’s done in the community… and then your mind goes to what motivated Just about him, not just his stats about on the field and the fact that he’s a baseball player in the Hall of Fame but how much giving back to the community meant for him.”
It’s definitely worth seeing MLBN continue conversation Series (that series began in 2020, and included part of the MLB’s Pacific Islander and Asian American community in May) with one on Clemente, and to see so many Clemente Award winners participating via this and live MLB tonight Broadcasting. This is a great way to acknowledge Roberto Clemente’s second day and the fiftieth anniversary of Clemente’s death.
[MLB Network on YouTube]