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ICYMI: Brock Holt literally does it all. Vote for him (closes on September 29).

This week, Brock Holt was nominated for one of baseball’s most prestigious and meaningful honors, The Roberto Clemente Award. The annual award is earned by the player that “represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field.” Any Sox fan will realize there is nobody in Boston more suitable for the honor than Holt.

The nomination isn’t a newfound occurrence for Holt as this is his fourth nomination in the last five years. In his Boston tenure, Brock Holt has continued to be at the core of the Boston community. In 2015, he was named the team’s Man of the Year and in 2016, he was bestowed the Tim Wakefield Community Service Award at the Boston Baseball Writer's Dinner.

The involvement of Holt in his efforts to further philanthropic causes in the city knows no bounds. Over the last few years, Holt has served as the captain of the Jimmy Fund. He has partnered with New Balance to supply holiday gifts for the patients at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He created the Brock Star ticket program for these patients. He is one of the spearheads of the Sox's Day of Service as one of the several activities he is involved in for veterans. He visits the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings and participated in the re-launch of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2015, in support of his friend Pete Frates.

And oh by the way, he plays seven positions on the field, is an unwavering ray of sunshine in the clubhouse, and was one of the bright spots of an otherwise mostly depressing 2019 campaign, as he is on his way to reaching career highs in multiple offensive categories.


It is evident when observing Holt and the families he touches with his work that it is virtually impossible to find a more genuine heart in town. From impromptu visits and FaceTimes to hospitals and including cancer patients and veterans to his extended family, Holt seeks to change the lives of several without recognition — the cameras just happen to follow him. However, the former Pirates draftee has naturally admitted to how much it would mean to be forever tied to the Clemente pedigree.
(Photo: Billie Weiss, Fenway Frames)

The competitive field for the award is worthy and includes former Red Sox champion Jon Lester and former Red Sox ... uh ... player Pablo Sandoval. Brock Holt is a gift. Now you need to vote for him to get him that win he needs. The ballots are open till September 29.

Maybe re-signing him in free agency will follow?

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Ahaan Rungta 9/14/2019 03:24:00 PM Edit
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