Pitcher Julio Urias wins Mexico's National Sports Award

The left-handed pitcher for Major League Baseball's (MLB) Los Angeles Dodgers, Julio Urías, was chosen Thursday as the winner of Mexico's 2021 National Sports Award in the professional category.

Pitcher Julio Urias wins Mexico's National Sports Award
Mexican-born pitcher Julio Urías. Image by apardavila via Flickr

Julio Urías, the left-handed pitcher for Major League Baseball's (MLB) Los Angeles Dodgers, was chosen Thursday as the winner of Mexico's 2021 National Sports Award in the professional category. Urías stood out this year with the Dodgers by finishing the 2021 season as the pitcher with the most wins in the season, with 20 wins to 3 losses.

A Sinaloa native suspended in 2019 for domestic violence allegations, he also figured in the MLB postseason with Los Angeles, where he earned the win in Game 2 of the National League Divisional Series. At 25 years of age, Urías is one of the Mexican baseball stars with the most promising future in the Major Leagues, wherein six seasons he has accumulated 32 wins and 10 losses in 70 starts and a 3.09 ERA.

Aremi Fuentes was the winner in the non-professional sports category for winning the bronze medal in the 76 kilograms weightlifting at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Mónica Rodríguez won the award in Paralympic sport, for the gold medal obtained in the 1,500, class T11, at the Tokyo Games. The athlete set a new world record in her participation in the Asian Games by reaching the finish line in a time of 4:37.40.

Among coaches, Jannet Alegría Peña, in Paralympic taekwondo, and José Manuel Zayas, in weightlifting, were the winners. Mayte Chávez won the referee-judge division for her participation in soccer. Triple Olympic medalist María del Rosario Espinoza will be recognized for her trajectory in taekwondo, a sport that allowed her to become the woman with the best results in the history of the country.

The late jumper Carlos Girón, considered one of Mexico's best athletes of the 20th century and Olympic silver medalist in Moscow 80, will also receive an award for his career. The voting for the National Sports Award 2021, in which journalists from different states of Mexico participated, took place this Thursday at the facilities of the National Commission of Physical Culture and Sports.

The awards will be presented on November 20 and the winners will receive a diploma signed by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a gold medal, a rosette, and 39,009 dollars.