Jeter earns Clemente Award for Turn 2 work


This news got lost in the build-up to Game 2 last night, but it’s definitely worth a look today. Major League Baseball awarded Yankee captain Derek Jeter with the Roberto Clemente Award for his community service work. The award recognizes one player each year who “combines a dedication to giving back to the community with outstanding skills on the baseball field.” Jeter established his Turn 2 Foundation when he was a rookie in 1996, and today, the program is going strong under the auspices of Derek and his sister Sharlee. It has to do with community work and giving back to the community,” Jeter said yesterday in the press conference. “I think people in our position should take advantage of it. They should try to give back as much as possible. I know I’m being awarded for this right now, but there’s a lot of players that give back to the community, and I think everyone should be commended for that.”

As part of the coverage of the award, Mark Newman from MLB.com wrote an extensive profile of Jeter and the Turn 2 Foundation. I definitely recommend that article. Newman really conveys the sense that Jeter, Sharlee and their parents are very devoted to the work they do. We see the great baseball side of Derek every day, and Major League Baseball reminded us yesterday that there is far more to him than just his play at short.

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  1. Salty Buggah says:

    Big congrats to Jeter for winning the award.

    I love how he started by saying how he fooled the commissioner too.

  2. Rose says:

    I wonder how Swisher never wins (or is even mentioned for) this award with his long resume of charities and good hearted things he does for people over the season…

    • Salty Buggah says:

      While this award is prestigious, I’m sure most players do a lot of charity work and could have won this award.

    • Jeter won this award (that has nothing to do with hitting skill or celebrity status) over Nick Swisher for two main reasons:

      Jeter is a better hitter and a bigger celebrity than Nick Swisher.

      The BBWAA and baseball fans everywhere

    • Thomas says:

      Swisher failed to win, because his teammates voted for Jeter over him. Each team nominates one player and the Yankees year they choose Jeter.

    • Zack says:

      It’s a shame that you had to try to look to find something to complain about in this story.

      • JMK aka The Overshare says:

        Eh, it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to say. As Thomas mentioned, Jeter was nominated, so Swisher could not have won, but really, from what we all know, Swisher is a VERY charitable guy and it really is a shame he hasn’t been recognized for his philanthropic work.

        This is not to take away anything from Jeter, and I don’t think she was trying to.

    • JohnnyC says:

      Well, Swisher has been nominated for the award in previous years, 2007 when he played for the A’s, for example. Obviously, his charitable work has been recognized. Each of the 30 clubs nominates a player — only one can win each year.

  3. rbizzler says:

    Kudos to Jeet, Damon, Swish, Tex, Alex, CC, AJ, Mo, Gardy and all of the other players who donate time and cash to helping out those less fortunate. For all of the crap that the Yankees take, they have solid core of generous players in the organization.

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