Major League Baseball announced today that Alex Bregman is one of 30 MLB players nominated for the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award!
Each year, Major League Baseball nominates a player from each team for the Roberto Clemente Award – a recognition of the MLB player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.
Throughout the pandemic, Alex has had the opportunity to inspire & support others. From helping with a wedding proposal to showing support to 1,000 doctors, staff, and front-line workers at M.D. Anderson via a Zoom call, Alex has leveraged his success on the field to enrich the lives of others off the field.
Community Involvement & Philanthropy
Alex loves his fans & community. He’s been active as an Astros ambassador from his first year to present participating in many local & team events.
AB for Autism
Alex’s first foray into philanthropy was through is AB for Autism efforts from 2015-2019 where he has donated over 200 iPads to Autistic students in Texas and raised over $150,000.
Bregman Cares Charity
In an effort to reach more people in need, Bregman launched the Bregman Cares Charity along with his fiancée, Reagan Howard.
Through Bregman Cares, Alex & Reagan have held several events and fundraisers to help Houstonians through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donating Quarantine Food Kits
In early March 2020, Alex & Reagan donated 1,000 quarantine food kits to the Houston Food Bank after learning that many Houston-area students were missing free lunches at school due to mandatory school closures.
#FEEDHOU – $1.9M Raised
Through their work with The Houston Food Bank, Alex & Reagan learned that one in four children in Texas were food insecure prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic with the Houston Food Bank seeing a 150% increase in need from Houstonians post-Pandemic. Alex & Reagan recognized the immediate need for additional funding and in March 2020, Alex & Reagan launched #FEEDHOU with an initial personal donation of $100,000 – a fundraiser to help raise money for The Houston Food Bank.
With the help of teammates, the Astros, and many local businesses, Alex & Reagan surpassed their initial goal of $1M and raised $1.9M – the equivalent of 5,780,000 meals (or 2,280,000 lbs of food) for Houston area families. All donations raised through #FEEDHOU were made direct with The Houston Food Bank.
24hr Live Stream Event
Recognizing that many kids were stuck at home and playing video games, Alex held a 24hr Live Stream Event on May 12, 2020, hosting over 40 professional athletes & celebrities such as Pete Alonzo & Leonard Fournette, Christian Yelich, and Jared Goff, to name a few. Alex wanted young fans across the country to have access to their favorite players which resulted in many donating autographed items such as jerseys. The event reached just over 1,000,000 people and raised an additional $57,000+ for #FEEDHOU.
On the field, Alex has excelled at being the best player he can be. He’s ambitiously driven, a student of the game, and a consummate professional. In 2018, Alex was ranked in the AL top 10 for WAR, was named the AL All-Star MVP, and finished 5th in voting for the AL MVP. In 2019, Alex led the AL in WAR, Walks, Times on Base, and Runs Created. He received the 2019 American League Silver Slugger Award & finishing second in AL MVP Voting.
Off the field, Alex has positively contributed to the game and young players.
In April 2020, Alex launched Bregman’s Podcast. Season 1 introduced several athletes, speakers, and authors that have made significant positive contributions to others. In July 2020, Alex launched a Season 2 focused on hitting mechanics where he’s hosted Francisco Lindor, Nelson Cruz, and #1 MLB pick Spencer Torkelson – all of which have shared tips to better hitting
Bregman’s Swing Review
In May 2020, with the season on hold and young players across the country stuck at home, Alex launched Bregman’s Swing Review – an opportunity for young baseball & softball players to have their swing reviewed by an MLB player (for free). “I couldn’t imagine being a kid and not being able to go out and play during a pandemic,” Alex stated. “I was training daily, I was fortunate to get good feedback as a young player, and I’m passionate about swing mechanics – it was a win-win to launch Bregman’s Swing Review.”
Alex has posted 11 episodes of his swing review to-date, providing feedback to 75 softball & baseball players ages 5-17 through his YouTube channel.
With plans for future events & programs to help young players learn proper fundamentals and advanced hitting & fielding, Alex has dedicated considerable time & effort to be a positive force for young players – not because he wants recognition, but because he enjoys doing so.
Regardless of who wins the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award, we are proud to work for a player that embodies the spirit of a man who did so much for the game!
About the Roberto Clemente Award
The nominees will be officially recognized next Wednesday, marking the 19th annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor the late Hall of Famer’s legacy as a humanitarian. Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco won the award in 2019.
The Roberto Clemente Award winner will be selected via a blue-ribbon panel that includes Commissioner Rob Manfred, representatives from MLB-affiliated networks (MLB Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, and TBS) and MLB.com, as well as Roberto’s children, Enrique, Luis, and Roberto Jr. Fans can vote for the Roberto Clemente Award via mlb.com/clemente21.