Willie Mac Award

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Willie McCovey (44), the namesake of the award.

The Willie Mac Award is named in honor of Willie McCovey. It has been presented annually since 1980. It is awarded to the player on the San Francisco Giants who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership consistently shown by McCovey throughout his long career, voted upon by the players and coaching staff. McCovey personally presents the winner with the award in a pregame ceremony at AT&T Park right before the end of each season.

Winners[edit]

Year Player Position
1980 Clark, JackJack Clark Right fielder
1981 Herndon, LarryLarry Herndon Left fielder
1982 Morgan, JoeJoe Morgan Second baseman
1983 Evans, DarrellDarrell Evans First baseman
1984 Brenly, BobBob Brenly Catcher
1985 Krukow, MikeMike Krukow (1) Pitcher
1986 Krukow, MikeMike Krukow (2) Pitcher
1987 Speier, ChrisChris Speier Second baseman
1988 Uribe, JoséJosé Uribe Shortstop
1989 Dravecky, DaveDave Dravecky Pitcher
1990 Bedrosian, SteveSteve Bedrosian Pitcher
1991 Thompson, RobbyRobby Thompson Second baseman
1992 Felder, MikeMike Felder Center fielder
1993 Manwaring, KirtKirt Manwaring Catcher
1994 (not awarded due to strike)
1995 Leiter, MarkMark Leiter Pitcher
1995 Carreon, MarkMark Carreon First baseman
1996 Dunston, ShawonShawon Dunston Shortstop
1997 Snow, J. T.J. T. Snow (1) First baseman
1998 Kent, JeffJeff Kent Second baseman
1999 Benard, MarvinMarvin Benard Center fielder
2000 Burks, EllisEllis Burks Right fielder[1]
2001 Gardner, MarkMark Gardner Pitcher
2001 Santiago, BenitoBenito Santiago Catcher
2002 Bell, DavidDavid Bell Third baseman
2003 Grissom, MarquisMarquis Grissom Center fielder
2004 Snow, J. T.J. T. Snow (2) First baseman
2005 Matheny, MikeMike Matheny Catcher[2]
2006 Vizquel, OmarOmar Vizquel Shortstop
2007 Molina, BengieBengie Molina (1) Catcher[3]
2008 Molina, BengieBengie Molina (2) Catcher[4]
2009 Cain, MattMatt Cain Pitcher[5]
2010 Torres, AndresAndres Torres Center fielder[6]
2011 Vogelsong, RyanRyan Vogelsong Pitcher
2012 Posey, BusterBuster Posey Catcher[7]
2013 Pence, HunterHunter Pence Right fielder[8]

Plaques with the names of each winner are placed in the ground surrounding the statue of Willie McCovey on the southern shore of China Basin, unofficially known as McCovey Cove.

Similar MLB awards[edit]

The Hutch Award is for the "active player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire to win". Only Omar Vizquel and Dave Dravecky have won both the Willie Mac Award and the Hutch Award, although Willie McCovey won the Hutch Award in 1977.

Vizquel was a finalist in 2007 for the MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award, which honors the player who "best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game".

The Catfish Hunter Award is for the Oakland Athletics team member "whose play on the field and conduct in the clubhouse best exemplifies the courageous, competitive and inspirational spirit demonstrated by the late ... pitcher, Jim "Catfish" Hunter."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schulman, Henry (2000-09-22). /22/SP3644.DTL Team Honors Burks With Willie Mac Award. sfgate.com.
  2. ^ Draper, Rich (2005-09-30). Matheny wins Willie Mac Award. sfgiants.com.
  3. ^ Regan, Becky (2007-09-21). Molina wins 'Willie Mac' Award. sfgiants.com.
  4. ^ Haft, Chris (2008-09-26). Molina repeats as 'Willie Mac' winner. sfgiants.com.
  5. ^ Haft, Chris (2009-09-25). Cain wins Giants' Willie Mac Award. sfgiants.com.
  6. ^ "Andres Torres selected 2010 'Willie Mac' Award winner | SFGiants.com: Official Info". Sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  7. ^ "Buster Posey is Giants' Willie Mac Award winner - San Jose Mercury News". Mercurynews.com. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  8. ^ "Hunter Pence named 2013 "Willie Mac" Award winner". Sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media. 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-27. 

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