Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award
The Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award is an award presented annually by the Major League Baseball Players' Association (MLBPA). The award is presented to "the player in either league whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement". The award is named after longtime MLBPA executive director Marvin Miller. Recipients of the award have $50,000 donated to charities of their choice by the MLB Players Trust. Jim Thome, Michael Young, and John Smoltz have each won the award twice, the only players to do so. The most recent recipient is former New York Yankee Mariano Rivera, whose recognition was announced after he retired following the 2013 season.
The Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award is the result of a player vote after a fan vote after nominations by each team. Each team nominates one player. Then, fans narrow the field to six candidates via online balloting, and then Major League Baseball players determine the recipient.
At the time of its creation in 1997, it was known simply as the Man of the Year Award. The current name was adopted in 2000. Mark McGwire, who at the time was a member of the Oakland Athletics, was the first person to receive the award.
John Smoltz is the only player to have won the award in consecutive seasons – 2002 and 2003.
The 2012 recipient was the newly-retired Chipper Jones, who's foundation had given $2 million to various causes, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. His involvement in the battle against Cystic Fibrosis was a result of his having met an 11–year old boy who would go on to die from the disease shortly thereafter.
|1997||McGwire, MarkMark McGwire||Oakland Athletics|||
|1998||Molitor, PaulPaul Molitor||Minnesota Twins|
|1999||Sosa, SammySammy Sosa||Chicago Cubs|
|2000||Davis, EricEric Davis||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2001||Thome, JimJim Thome (1)||Cleveland Indians|
|2002||Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz (1)||Atlanta Braves|
|2003||Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz (2)||Atlanta Braves|
|2004||Thome, JimJim Thome (2)||Philadelphia Phillies|
|2005||Sweeney, MikeMike Sweeney||Kansas City Royals|
|2006||Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols||St. Louis Cardinals|
|2007||Hunter, ToriiTorii Hunter||Minnesota Twins|
|2008||Young, MichaelMichael Young (1)||Texas Rangers|
|2009||Granderson, CurtisCurtis Granderson||Detroit Tigers|
|2010||Inge, BrandonBrandon Inge||Detroit Tigers|
|2011||Young, MichaelMichael Young (2)||Texas Rangers|
|2012||Jones, ChipperChipper Jones||Atlanta Braves|
|2013||Rivera, MarianoMariano Rivera||New York Yankees|
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