Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson Wins Roberto Clemente Award

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Curtis Granderson

Working out of New York City, Kevin Martoken is fund accountant at Grassi & Co, where he serves as an administrator for the firm’s hedge fund clients. Outside of his professional life, Kevin Martoken loves watching baseball and is a fan of the New York Mets.

New York Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson was recently announced as the 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner. This award is given each year to the major league baseball player who makes a significant off-the-field impact in the communities in which they serve.

Granderson was presented with the award during Game 3 of the World Series in Chicago. A native of the Windy City, Granderson played college baseball at the University of Illinois-Chicago. The Mets outfielder said he got particular satisfaction out of being able to receive the honor in front of his parents and in his hometown.

Roberto Clemente, for whom the award is named, was a Pittsburgh Pirates hall-of-fame player who tragically died in a 1972 plane crash. The flight was destined for Nicaragua and was carrying relief supplies to a country that was still reeling in the wake of a massive earthquake.

In addition to Granderson, three other Mets have won the Roberto Clemente Award: Gary Carter in 1989, Al Leiter in 2000, and Carlos Delgado in 2006.