Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player Award

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Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player Award
Awarded for Pacific Coast League's Regular Season MVP
Country United States
Reward Charles H. Graham Plaque
(formerly a cash reward)[1]
First awarded 1927
Currently held by Adam Eaton

The Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) is an annual award given to the best player in minor league baseball's Pacific Coast League. Managers from the 16 Pacific Coast League teams vote for the winner of the award, which is then combined with 16 votes from various general managers, broadcasters, and media representatives around the league to determine a winner.[2][3][4] The award was formerly voted upon by writers from The Sporting News.[5][6]

In 1927, Lefty O'Doul won the first ever Pacific Coast League MVP award.[7] No player was selected from 1928 to 1931. In 1932, the award returned, going to Jigger Statz. For six seasons in the 1970s (1973, 1975–79) the award was suspended. In 1948, Charlie Graham donated a plaque, which was named in his honor, to be awarded annually to the league's MVP.[1][8] The 2014 MVP was outfielder Joc Pederson.

First basemen, with 19 winners, have won the most among infielders, followed by third basemen (5), second basemen (3), and shortstops (2). Seven players who won the award were catchers. Twenty-six outfielders have won the MVP award, the most of any position. A total of 10 pitchers have won the MVP award, all of them being right-handed. The last pitcher to win was Steve Mintz in 1996. The Pacific Coast League now has a Most Valuable Pitcher Award, which was established in 2001. Steve Bilko has the record for most MVP award wins with three (1955–57).[9] Sandy Alomar, Jr., and Les Scarsella have both won the MVP award twice. Scarsella first won the award in 1944 as a first baseman and then won his second in 1946 as an outfielder.

Two Pacific Coast League MVP award winners, Joe DiMaggio and Tony Pérez, have gone on to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.[10] Seven players from the Los Angeles Angels and the Las Vegas Stars/51s have been selected for the MVP award, more than any other team in the league, followed by the Albuquerque Dukes and San Diego Padres (6); the Hollywood Stars (5); the Oakland Oaks, Sacramento River Cats, San Francisco Seals, and Spokane Indians (4); the Calgary Cannons, Salt Lake City Bees/Salt Lake Stingers, Seattle Rainiers, and Tucson Toros/Sidewinders (3); the Edmonton Trappers, Oklahoma RedHawks/Oklahoma City 89ers, and Sacramento Solons (2); and the Eugene Emeralds, Fresno Grizzlies, Indianapolis Indians, Iowa Cubs, Omaha Royals, Tacoma Giants, and the Tulsa Oilers (1).

Thirteen players from the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball (MLB) organization have won the MVP award, more than any other, followed by the Chicago Cubs organization (9), the Oakland Athletics organization (4), the San Diego Padres organization (4), the San Francisco Giants organization (4), the Chicago White Sox organization (3), the Houston Astros organization (3), the Pittsburgh Pirates organization (3), the Seattle Mariners organization (3), the St. Louis Cardinals organization (3), the Anaheim/California Angels organization (2), the Cincinnati Reds organization (2), the Philadelphia Phillies organization (2), the Texas Rangers organization (2), the Toronto Blue Jays organization (2), the Arizona Diamondbacks organization (2), the Cleveland Indians organization (1), the Kansas City Royals organization (1), and the New York Yankees organization (1). Thirteen MVP award winners were not members of any MLB organization.

Key[edit]

Year Links to the article about the corresponding Pacific Coast League season
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum[10][11]
^
Denotes player who is still active[a]
P
Pitcher (RHP indicates right-handed; LHP indicates left-handed)
C
Catcher
1B
First Baseman
2B
Second baseman
3B
Third baseman
SS
Shortstop
OF
Outfielder
DH
Designated hitter

Winners[edit]

Frank "Lefty" O'Doul in a New York Yankees uniform.
Lefty O'Doul won the first Pacific Coast League MVP award.[7]
Joe DiMaggio at the 1937 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Joe DiMaggio won the award in 1935.
Dick Hall in a Baltimore Orioles baseball cap, undated
Dick Hall won the award in his first season in the Pacific Coast League.[12]
Tony Pérez at the 2008 All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade
Tony Pérez won the award in 1964.
Dan Johnson in a batting helmet as a member of the Yokohama BayStars in 2009.
Dan Johnson was named the Pacific Coast League MVP in 2004.
J. P. Arencibia at a New Hampshire Fisher Cats game in 2008.
J. P. Arencibia won the award in 2010.
Joc Pederson at bat
Joc Pederson won the award in 2014.
Year Winner Team Organization Position Ref
1927 Lefty O'Doul San Francisco Seals none OF [7]
1928 no player selected
1929 no player selected
1930 no player selected
1931 no player selected
1932 Jigger Statz Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs OF [5]
1933 Bobo Newsom Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs RHP [13]
1934 Frank Demaree Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs OF [14]
1935 Joe DiMaggio San Francisco Seals none OF [15]
1936 Willie Ludolph Oakland Oaks New York Yankees RHP [16]
1937 Art Garibaldi Sacramento Solons St. Louis Cardinals 3B [17]
1938 Fred Hutchinson Seattle Rainiers none RHP [18]
1939 Dom DiMaggio San Francisco Seals none OF [6]
1940 George Archie Seattle Rainiers none 1B [19]
1941 Yank Terry San Diego Padres none RHP [20]
1942 Ray Mueller Sacramento Solons St. Louis Cardinals C [21]
1943 Andy Pafko Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs OF [22]
1944 Les Scarsella Oakland Oaks none OF [5]
1945 Bob Joyce San Francisco Seals none RHP [23]
1946 Les Scarsella Oakland Oaks none 1B [5]
1947 Tony Lupien Hollywood Stars Chicago White Sox 1B [24]
1948 Jack Graham San Diego Padres none 1B [25]
1949 Irv Noren Hollywood Stars Brooklyn Dodgers OF [26]
1950 Catfish Metkovich Oakland Oaks none OF [1]
1951 Jim Rivera Seattle Rainiers none OF [27]
1952 Johnny Lindell Hollywood Stars Pittsburgh Pirates RHP [28]
1953 Dale Long Hollywood Stars none 1B [29]
1954 Jack Phillips Hollywood Stars Pittsburgh Pirates 1B [30]
1955 Steve Bilko Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs 1B [9]
1956 Steve Bilko Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs 1B [9]
1957 Steve Bilko Los Angeles Angels Brooklyn Dodgers 1B [9]
1958 Earl Averill, Jr. San Diego Padres Cleveland Indians C [31]
1959 Dick Hall Salt Lake City Bees Pittsburgh Pirates RHP [32]
1960 Willie Davis Spokane Indians Los Angeles Dodgers OF [33]
1961 Dick Phillips Tacoma Giants San Francisco Giants 1B [34]
1962 Jesse Gonder San Diego Padres Cincinnati Reds C [35]
1963 Billy Cowan Salt Lake City Bees Chicago Cubs OF [36]
1964 Tony Pérez San Diego Padres Cincinnati Reds 1B [37]
1965 Dave Roberts Oklahoma City 89ers Houston Astros 1B [38]
1966 Duane Josephson Indianapolis Indians Chicago White Sox C [39]
1967 Rick Joseph San Diego Padres Philadelphia Phillies 3B [40]
1968 Jim Hicks Tulsa Oilers St. Louis Cardinals OF [41]
1969 Denny Doyle Eugene Emeralds Philadelphia Phillies 2B [42]
1970 Bobby Valentine Spokane Indians Los Angeles Dodgers SS [43]
1971 Tommy Hutton Spokane Indians Los Angeles Dodgers 1B [44]
1972 Tom Paciorek Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers 1B [45]
1973 no player selected [41]
1974 Tom Robson Spokane Indians Texas Rangers 1B [46]
1975 no player selected [41]
1976 no player selected [41]
1977 no player selected [41]
1978 no player selected [41]
1979 no player selected [41]
1980 Dennis Lewallyn Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers RHP [45]
1981 Mike Marshall Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers OF [47]
1982 Ron Kittle Edmonton Trappers Chicago White Sox OF [48]
1983 Kevin McReynolds Las Vegas Stars San Diego Padres OF [49]
1984 Alejandro Sánchez Phoenix Firebirds San Francisco Giants OF [50]
1985 Danny Tartabull Calgary Cannons Seattle Mariners OF [51]
1986 Tim Pyznarski Las Vegas Stars San Diego Padres 1B [49]
1987 Mike Campbell Calgary Cannons Seattle Mariners RHP [52]
1988 Sandy Alomar, Jr. Las Vegas Stars San Diego Padres C [53]
1989 Sandy Alomar, Jr. Las Vegas Stars San Diego Padres C [53]
1990 José Offerman Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers SS [54]
1991 Tino Martinez Calgary Cannons Seattle Mariners 1B [4]
1992 Tim Salmon Edmonton Trappers California Angels OF [55]
1993 James Mouton Tucson Toros Houston Astros OF [56]
1994 Billy Ashley Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers OF [57]
1995 Donne Wall Tucson Toros Houston Astros RHP [58]
1996 Steve Mintz Phoenix Firebirds San Francisco Giants RHP [59]
1997 Paul Konerko^ Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers 3B [60]
1998 Chris Hatcher Omaha Royals Kansas City Royals OF [61]
1999 Calvin Murray Fresno Grizzlies San Francisco Giants OF [62]
2000 José Ortiz^ Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics 2B [63]
2001 Phil Hiatt Las Vegas 51s Los Angeles Dodgers 3B [64]
2002 Robb Quinlan Salt Lake Stingers Anaheim Angels OF [65]
2003 Graham Koonce Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics 1B [66]
2004 Dan Johnson^ Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics 1B [67]
2005 Andy Green Tucson Sidewinders Arizona Diamondbacks 2B [68]
2006 Scott McClain Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics 3B [69]
2007 Geovany Soto^ Iowa Cubs Chicago Cubs C [70]
2008 Nelson Cruz^ Oklahoma RedHawks Texas Rangers OF [71]
2009 Randy Ruiz^ Las Vegas 51s Toronto Blue Jays 1B [72]
2010 J. P. Arencibia^ Las Vegas 51s Toronto Blue Jays C [73]
2011 Bryan LaHair^ Iowa Cubs Chicago Cubs 1B [74]
2012 Adam Eaton^ Reno Aces Arizona Diamondbacks OF [75]
2013 Chris Owings^ Reno Aces Arizona Diamondbacks SS [76]
2014 Joc Pederson^ Albuquerque Isotopes Los Angeles Dodgers OF [77]

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