Joe Musgrove came to the San Diego Padres via trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates before this season and he was the perfect player for San Diegans to wrap their arms around. He is a hometown kid getting to pitch for his hometown team wearing the number of the pitcher (Jake Peavy) that he idolized growing up. Of course, Musgrove would then plant himself in Padres history when he threw the first no-hitter in the history of the franchise on April 9, 2021 in Texas.
Now, he’s fighting for what might be the most impressive award in baseball. No, it’s not the MVP or the Cy Young—it’s the Roberto Clemente Award. That award means so much to the players because it honors their work outside of the game. It shows how great of a person they are in the community.
Musgrove teamed up with the Challenged Athletes Foundation recently and started a friendship with Landis Sims, who was born without any arms or legs. This season before a Sunday afternoon game, Sims and Musgrove played catch on the field with each other.
Musgrove also is involved with Be The Match, which helps people get in touch with bone marrow donors. He has auctioned off autographed cleats of his in the past to help raise money.
Now, here’s how you can help Joe out! Click this link to cast your vote for him to win the Roberto Clemente Award.