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With the 20th anniversary of the retiring of Jackie Robinson's number on the way in 2017, many people are wondering: what about Roberto Clemente?
There's no doubting his impact on the game, so the question must be asked: what's taking the MLB so long in regards to retiring his number for all-time?
Clemente died Dec. 31, 1972, when the plane in which he rode -- with relief supplies for Nicaragua earthquake victims -- crashed into the waters just off San Juan shortly after takeoff.
Clemente will always be regarded as pre-eminent among players of his era and of Latin America, because of how well he played, collecting 3,000 hits in his career, but also because of the way he handled himself off the field. Clemente got a lot from baseball, but he constantly gave back to his fans and people in need across the globe. The light shined on Clemente opened the doors for many Hispanic baseball players today.

Should The MLB Retire Roberto Clemente's Number?

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@mchlyang I think Clemente is one of those rare cases which I wouldn't mind the league retiring his number across the board. For many, he is considered the face of baseball for many people in the Hispanic regions. He also did a lot of good for the community. Also, with the influx of Hispanic players over the past 20 years, you could argue he influenced alot of those guys
@DennieySnyder I agree, I think this would be a great look for baseball
@christianmordi Ahh I see your point, but I just don't think he doesn't have that historic meaning that Jackie Robinson has. Definitely a great guy, a role model, and a leader, but we can acknowledge him in other ways than retiring his number for the entire league. For example, we have the Roberto Clemente Award given to the "player best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team".
@mchlyang I agree on the historical impact. Everyone has heard of Jackie Robinson. Unless you are a baseball fan or into Minority Rights you probably haven't heard of Clemente. Even some baseball fans haven't heard of him. For example when I asked my Dad his opinion he said "Clemen Tea? What who is that?"
until they retire # 3 for the Babe there should be no other number retired or even discussed... Not just for the fact that he is by far the greatest player to ever play the game He single handedly saved the Baseball after the Black Sox scandal