Tim Wakefield wins recognition award for baseball career, philanthropy

The award is named after famed baseball player Roberto ClementeBy Jonathan Bennett

The Roberto Clemente Award is annually given to a player in Major League Baseball who exemplifies their baseball, sportsmanship and community involvement. The recognition award was named about the Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente.

Tim Wakefield, who has played with the Boston Red Sox for the past 16 years, finally received the prize after eight tries, according to the Boston Herald. Wakefield was recognized for his support of the Jimmy Fund and Pitching for Kids, which is a nonprofit organization that looks to improve children's lives throughout New England.

During his baseball career, Wakefield has won 193 games, been named an All-Star and played during two World Series championships. While he has made all of these accomplishments, Wakefield said the recognition award was the biggest honor.

"This has nothing to do with baseball," he said. "This has nothing to do with your statistics …. this is the highest accomplishment you can attain, the highest compliment that you can get from somebody, and I’m very honored and humbled," he told the news provider.