The Orioles and Major League Baseball today announced that DILLON TATE has been named the Orioles’ 2022 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Capital One. The most prominent individual player award bestowed by MLB, the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Capital One, is the annual recognition of a player from each club who best represents the game of baseball through extraordinary character, sportsmanship, community involvement, philanthropy, and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
The Orioles will join all of Major League Baseball in celebrating the 21st annual Roberto Clemente Day, presented by Capital one, wearing jersey patches as they face the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Friday, September 16. The commemorative day was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially acknowledge local club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Capital One. As part of the league-wide celebration, the Roberto Clemente Day logo will appear on the bases and official dugout lineup cards, all players will wear a ‘21’ patch on their jersey, and a special tribute video will be played in ballparks. Once again this season, each team’s Clemente nominee will wear a ‘21’ patch on their jersey that indicates their nomination for the prestigious award.
As part of this nomination and in recognition of Tate’s exemplary commitment to serving his community, MLB will make a $7,500 donation to his foundation, Baseball Academia Corp. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will match the donation, for a total of $15,000 contributed. The Orioles will recognize Tate in a special on-field ceremony on Monday, September 19, as they host the Detroit Tigers at 7:05 p.m. at Camden Yards.
Tate exemplifies the spirit of Roberto Clemente. With his giving nature, kindhearted attitude, and passion for the community matched with his stellar performance on the field, he embodies what it means to be an Oriole.
While growing up in California, Tate frequently played at the MLB Urban Youth Academy, taking advantage of free resources to help sharpen his skills. It was here that he learned the significance that professional sports teams can have on the development of youth on and off the diamond. He carried that knowledge with him throughout his career and has recognized the importance of giving back.