Players Choice Awards

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The Players Choice Awards are annual Major League Baseball awards, given by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA).

The Players Choice Awards are given following a secret ballot by players.[1][2] Four awards go to a player in each league, while two awards each go to one player in all of Major League Baseball. Prize money is donated to a charity of each winner's choice.[3]

The first Players Choice Awards were given in 1992, to the Comeback Player in each of the two major leagues. There were no other awards that year. In 1993, the Comeback Player awards were replaced by an Outstanding Player award for each league. In 1994, two more categories were added: Outstanding Pitcher (in each league) and Outstanding Rookie (in each league). In 1997, the dual Comeback Player awards were again named, along with the first ever single award — the Man of the Year — for one player in all of Major League Baseball. In 1998, a second non-dual award was added, Player of the Year. In addition, the Man of the Year award was renamed in honor of Marvin Miller, former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. In 1999, a special Player of the Decade award was given.

Awards for one player in all of Major League Baseball[edit]

Player of the Year[edit]

This award was first given in 1998.

Year Winner Team
1998 McGwire, MarkMark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals
1999 Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez Boston Red Sox
2000 Delgado, CarlosCarlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays
2001 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (1) San Francisco Giants
2002 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez (1) Texas Rangers
2003 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols (1) St. Louis Cardinals
2004 Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (2) San Francisco Giants
2005 Jones, AndruwAndruw Jones Atlanta Braves
2006 Howard, RyanRyan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
2007 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez (2) New York Yankees
2008 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols (2) St. Louis Cardinals
2009 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols (3) St. Louis Cardinals
2010 González, CarlosCarlos González Colorado Rockies
2011 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander Detroit Tigers
2012 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers
2013 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera (2) Detroit Tigers
2014 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

The Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award[edit]

This award is given to "the player in either league whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement."[4] First given in 1997 (as the "Man of the Year" Award), it was renamed in 1998 in honor of Marvin Miller, former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Year Winner Team
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
2014 Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers

Awards for a player in each league[edit]

Outstanding Player[edit]

First awarded in 1993.

Year American League National League
Player Team Player Team
1993 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas (1) Chicago White Sox Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (1) San Francisco Giants
1994 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas (2) Chicago White Sox Bagwell, JeffJeff Bagwell Houston Astros
1995 Belle, AlbertAlbert Belle Cleveland Indians Bichette, DanteDante Bichette Colorado Rockies
1996 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez (1) Seattle Mariners Caminiti, KenKen Caminiti San Diego Padres
1997 Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners Walker, LarryLarry Walker Colorado Rockies
1998 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez (2) Seattle Mariners Sosa, SammySammy Sosa Chicago Cubs
1999 Ramírez, MannyManny Ramírez Cleveland Indians Jones, ChipperChipper Jones Atlanta Braves
2000 Delgado, CarlosCarlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays Helton, ToddTodd Helton Colorado Rockies
2001 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez (3) Texas Rangers Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (2) San Francisco Giants
2002 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez (4) Texas Rangers Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (3) San Francisco Giants
2003 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez (5) Texas Rangers Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols (1) St. Louis Cardinals
2004 Suzuki, IchiroIchiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds (4) San Francisco Giants
2005 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz Boston Red Sox Jones, AndruwAndruw Jones Atlanta Braves
2006 Dye, JermaineJermaine Dye Chicago White Sox Howard, RyanRyan Howard Philadelphia Phillies
2007 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez (6) New York Yankees Fielder, PrincePrince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers
2008 Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamilton (1) Texas Rangers Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols (2) St. Louis Cardinals
2009 Mauer, JoeJoe Mauer Minnesota Twins Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols (3) St. Louis Cardinals
2010 Hamilton, JoshJosh Hamilton (2) Texas Rangers González, CarlosCarlos González Colorado Rockies
2011 Granderson, CurtisCurtis Granderson New York Yankees Kemp, MattMatt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers
2012 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers McCutchen, AndrewAndrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
2013 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera (2) Detroit Tigers McCutchen, AndrewAndrew McCutchen (2) Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Trout, MikeMike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Stanton, GiancarloGiancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins

Outstanding Pitcher[edit]

First awarded in 1994.

Year American League National League
Player Team Player Team
1994 Key, JimmyJimmy Key New York Yankees Maddux, GregGreg Maddux (1) Atlanta Braves
1995 Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (1) Seattle Mariners Maddux, GregGreg Maddux (2) Atlanta Braves
1996 Hentgen, PatPat Hentgen Toronto Blue Jays Smoltz, JohnJohn Smoltz Atlanta Braves
1997 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (1) Toronto Blue Jays Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez (1) Montreal Expos
1998 Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez (2)
Roger Clemens (2)
Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Maddux, GregGreg Maddux (3) Atlanta Braves
1999 Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez (3) Boston Red Sox Hampton, MikeMike Hampton Houston Astros
2000 Martínez, PedroPedro Martínez (4) Boston Red Sox Johnson, RandyRandy Johnson (2) Arizona Diamondbacks
2001 Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens (3) New York Yankees Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling (1) Arizona Diamondbacks
2002 Zito, BarryBarry Zito Oakland Athletics Schilling, CurtCurt Schilling (2) Arizona Diamondbacks
2003 Halladay, RoyRoy Halladay (1) Toronto Blue Jays Gagné, ÉricÉric Gagné Los Angeles Dodgers
2004 Santana, JohanJohan Santana Minnesota Twins Schmidt, JasonJason Schmidt San Francisco Giants
2005 Colón, BartoloBartolo Colón Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter (1) St. Louis Cardinals
2006 Santana, JohanJohan Santana Minnesota Twins Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter (2) St. Louis Cardinals
2007 Sabathia, CCCC Sabathia Cleveland Indians Peavy, JakeJake Peavy San Diego Padres
2008 Lee, CliffCliff Lee Cleveland Indians Lincecum, TimTim Lincecum San Francisco Giants
2009 Greinke, ZackZack Greinke Kansas City Royals Wainwright, AdamAdam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals
2010 Price, DavidDavid Price (1) Tampa Bay Rays Halladay, RoyRoy Halladay (2) Philadelphia Phillies
2011 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander Detroit Tigers Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
2012 Price, DavidDavid Price (2) Tampa Bay Rays Dickey, R.A.R.A. Dickey New York Mets
2013 Scherzer, MaxMax Scherzer Detroit Tigers Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw (2) Los Angeles Dodgers
2014 Hernandez, FelixFelix Hernandez Seattle Mariners Kershaw, ClaytonClayton Kershaw (3) Los Angeles Dodgers

Outstanding Rookie[edit]

First awarded in 1994.

Year American League National League
Player Team Player Team
1994 Hamelin, BobBob Hamelin Kansas City Royals Mondesí, RaúlRaúl Mondesí Los Angeles Dodgers
1995 Cordova, MartyMarty Cordova Minnesota Twins Jones, ChipperChipper Jones Atlanta Braves
1996 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter New York Yankees Hollandsworth, ToddTodd Hollandsworth Los Angeles Dodgers
1997 Garciaparra, NomarNomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox Rolen, ScottScott Rolen Philadelphia Phillies
1998 Grieve, BenBen Grieve Oakland Athletics Wood, KerryKerry Wood Chicago Cubs
1999 Beltrán, CarlosCarlos Beltrán Kansas City Royals Wilson, PrestonPreston Wilson Florida Marlins
2000 Long, TerrenceTerrence Long Oakland Athletics Furcal, RafaelRafael Furcal Atlanta Braves
2001 Suzuki, IchiroIchiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals
2002 Hinske, EricEric Hinske Toronto Blue Jays Jennings, JasonJason Jennings Colorado Rockies
2003 Berroa, ÁngelÁngel Berroa Kansas City Royals Podsednik, ScottScott Podsednik Milwaukee Brewers
2004 Crosby, BobbyBobby Crosby Oakland Athletics Bay, JasonJason Bay Pittsburgh Pirates
2005 Street, HustonHuston Street Oakland Athletics Taveras, WillyWilly Taveras Houston Astros
2006 Verlander, JustinJustin Verlander Detroit Tigers Uggla, DanDan Uggla Florida Marlins
2007 Pedroia, DustinDustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox Braun, RyanRyan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
2008 Longoria, EvanEvan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays Soto, GeovanyGeovany Soto Chicago Cubs
2009 Beckham, GordonGordon Beckham Chicago White Sox Happ, J. A.J. A. Happ Philadelphia Phillies
2010 Jackson, AustinAustin Jackson Detroit Tigers Posey, BusterBuster Posey San Francisco Giants
2011 Trumbo, MarkMark Trumbo Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Kimbrel, CraigCraig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves
2012 Trout, MikeMike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Frazier, ToddTodd Frazier Cincinnati Reds
2013 Myers, WilWil Myers Tampa Bay Rays Fernández, JoséJosé Fernández Miami Marlins
2014 Abreu, JoséJosé Abreu Chicago White Sox deGrom, JacobJacob deGrom New York Mets

Comeback Player[edit]

In 1992, this was the first ever Players Choice Award. There were no other awards that year. The Comeback Player award was not given from 1993 to 1996, although awards were given in other categories. In 1997, it was again awarded and has been ever since.

Year American League National League
Player Team Player Team
1992 Eckersley, DennisDennis Eckersley Oakland Athletics Bonds, BarryBarry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates
1997 Justice, DavidDavid Justice Cleveland Indians Daulton, DarrenDarren Daulton Philadelphia Phillies
1998 Davis, EricEric Davis Baltimore Orioles Vaughn, GregGreg Vaughn San Diego Padres
1999 Jaha, JohnJohn Jaha Oakland Athletics Fernandez, AlexAlex Fernandez Florida Marlins
2000 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas (1) Chicago White Sox Galarraga, AndrésAndrés Galarraga Atlanta Braves
2001 Sierra, RubénRubén Sierra Texas Rangers Morris, MattMatt Morris St. Louis Cardinals
2002 Salmon, TimTim Salmon Anaheim Angels Lieberthal, MikeMike Lieberthal
John Smoltz
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves
2003 Loaiza, EstebanEsteban Loaiza Chicago White Sox Beck, RodRod Beck San Diego Padres
2004 Hernández, OrlandoOrlando Hernández New York Yankees Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter (1) St. Louis Cardinals
2005 Giambi, JasonJason Giambi New York Yankees Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr. Cincinnati Reds
2006 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas (2) Oakland Athletics Garciaparra, NomarNomar Garciaparra Los Angeles Dodgers
2007 Peña, CarlosCarlos Peña Tampa Bay Devil Rays Young, DmitriDmitri Young Washington Nationals
2008 Lee, CliffCliff Lee Cleveland Indians Tatís, FernandoFernando Tatís New York Mets
2009 Hill, AaronAaron Hill Toronto Blue Jays Carpenter, ChrisChris Carpenter (2) St. Louis Cardinals
2010 Guerrero, VladimirVladimir Guerrero Texas Rangers Hudson, TimTim Hudson Atlanta Braves
2011 Ellsbury, JacobyJacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox Berkman, LanceLance Berkman St. Louis Cardinals
2012 Dunn, AdamAdam Dunn Chicago White Sox Posey, BusterBuster Posey San Francisco Giants
2013 Rivera, MarianoMariano Rivera New York Yankees Liriano, FranciscoFrancisco Liriano Pittsburgh Pirates
2014 Young, ChrisChris Young Seattle Mariners McGehee, CaseyCasey McGehee Miami Marlins

Award for Player of the Decade[edit]

See also: Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball Awards MVP of the Decade (1999) and The Sporting News Player of the Decade (1999)

In 1999, a special Player of the Decade award was given to Ken Griffey, Jr..

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Major League Baseball Players Association: Programs". Mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  2. ^ By Ken Mandel / MLB.com. "Howard dual Players Choice winner | phillies.com: News". Mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  3. ^ By Jack O'Connell / MLB.com. "Two Players Choice Awards for Howard | MLB.com: News". MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 
  4. ^ By Matthew Leach / MLB.com. "Pujols, Carpenter draw peers' kudos | cardinals.com". Mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-03-18. 

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