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Beltran wins Roberto Clemente Award

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October 26, 2013 07:30 PM EST | AP

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Beltran of the St. Louis Cardinals is this year's recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Beltran was seated next to Clemente's widow, Vera, when he was honored Saturday, about an hour prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Members of Clemente's family also attended the news conference.

The award recognizes the player whose contributions on and off the field best represent the game. The award was named for Pirates Hall of Famer Robert Clemente, who died on Dec. 31, 1972, in a plane crash while on a humanitarian mission to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw won the award last year and David Ortiz of the Red Sox won in 2011.