Brewers: Suter Again Nominated For Roberto Clemente Award
By John Egan
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Brent Suter has been once again nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award.
It’s considered baseball’s most prestigious individual honor that isn’t completely based on stats. It recognizes a player for their character, involvement in the community, team contributions and how they present themselves on and off the field. Each team gets one nominee per year.
When you think of the Brewers and those categories, it’s hard to think of anyone else on the team who would deserve the nomination more than Brent Suter.
Lots of players volunteer their time, have charities important to them and impact their community. But Suter brings that same lifestyle and energy to the clubhouse and his team.
Bringing personality to every interview, even on serious topics, he is must-see-TV when in front of the cameras. Wearing equality t-shirts and masks all last season in solidarity with his teammates and encouraging health protocols. Doing cameos for his charities. The man is a vital piece of the Brewers and the Milwaukee community.
It’s the second year in a row Brent Suter has been the Brewers nominee for the Roberto Clemente award. Last year, he lost to NL Central rival Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Suter’s love for the environment was never hidden, but the spotlight got a little brighter on him in 2020 when he was nominated the first time. The environmental science major has partnered with the American Conservation Coalition Campus, The Nature Conservancy, and Players for the Planet just to name a few.
The goal is to reduce the impact sports and its players have on the climate and their carbon footprint. Suter has been a big champion of re-usable water bottles. You will often see him with it, and when you see others in the bullpen using a plastic water bottle instead, he’s definitely giving them a side-eye at some point.
Since joining Players for the Planet in 2019, Suter is also an ambassador, and participates in cleanup projects around the world and basically the MLB spokesperson for Earth Day. He, along with Players for the Planet, have helped create and host an exclusive program for environmental and sustainable studies at UW schools. Locally, he also works with multiple local environmental groups like EcoAthletes, Milwaukee Urban Ecology, the Outrider Foundation and ECO in the City of Milwaukee.
This year, the Brewers have teamed up once again with SC Johnson for the “Save the Oceans” campaign. Every save the Brewers bullpen gets, $1K gets donated to organizations affiliated with the campaign. So far this season, the team has 41 saves. Suter only has one of those, but closer Josh Hader has contributed 31 himself. So every time Hader takes the mound, he is helping the oceans.
“The Raptor”, not “The Vulture”, uses his love for the planet and outgoing personality to spread awareness. And having one of the biggest personalities in the dugout and on-screen doesn’t hurt. Willy Adames seems to be giving him a run for his money this year in that department. And if Suter could recruit Adames to do the same, just imagine how much work could get done to help the planet.
You can vote here to help Suter take home the prize.
Brewers fans and teammates couldn’t be happier for Suter, the same goes for his family.