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(s) Charles H. Graham Plaque
(formerly a cash reward)[1]
First awarded 1927
Currently held by Hunter Renfroe

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]

First basemen, with 21 winners, have won the most among infielders, followed by third basemen (6), second basemen (3), and shortstops (3). Eight players who won the award were catchers. Twenty-eight outfielders have won the MVP Award, the most of any position. A total of 11 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 Pitcher of the Year 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 each from the Los Angeles Angels and the Las Vegas Stars/51s have been selected for the MVP Award, more than any other teams 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 Stingers/Bees, Seattle Rainiers, and Tucson Toros/Sidewinders (3); the Edmonton Trappers, Fresno Grizzlies, Iowa Cubs, Oklahoma City 89ers/Oklahoma RedHawks, Phoenix Firebirds, Reno Aces, and Sacramento Solons (2); and the Albuquerque Isotopes, El Paso Chihuahuas, Eugene Emeralds, Indianapolis Indians, 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 San Diego Padres organization (5); the Houston Astros, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants organizations (4); the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, and St. Louis Cardinals organizations (3); the Anaheim/California Angels, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays organizations (2); and the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, and New York Yankees organizations (1). Thirteen MVP Award winners were not members of any MLB organization.

Key[edit]

Year Links to an article about the corresponding year in baseball
Position Indicates the player's primary position
(#)
Number of wins by players who have won the award multiple times
Hall of Famer
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum[10][11]
^
Denotes player who is still active

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. Here he is pictured in 2008 as a member of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Class Double-A Eastern League.
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 Outfielder [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 Outfielder [5]
1933 Bobo Newsom Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs Right-handed pitcher [13]
1934 Frank Demaree Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs Outfielder [14]
1935 Joe DiMaggioHall of Famer San Francisco Seals none Outfielder [15]
1936 Willie Ludolph Oakland Oaks New York Yankees Right-handed pitcher [16]
1937 Art Garibaldi Sacramento Solons St. Louis Cardinals Third baseman [17]
1938 Fred Hutchinson Seattle Rainiers none Right-handed pitcher [18]
1939 Dom DiMaggio San Francisco Seals none Outfielder [6]
1940 George Archie Seattle Rainiers none First baseman [19]
1941 Yank Terry San Diego Padres none Right-handed pitcher [20]
1942 Ray Mueller Sacramento Solons St. Louis Cardinals Catcher [21]
1943 Andy Pafko Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs Outfielder [22]
1944 Les Scarsella (1) Oakland Oaks none Outfielder [5]
1945 Bob Joyce San Francisco Seals none Right-handed pitcher [23]
1946 Les Scarsella (2) Oakland Oaks none First baseman [5]
1947 Tony Lupien Hollywood Stars Chicago White Sox First baseman [24]
1948 Jack Graham San Diego Padres none First baseman [25]
1949 Irv Noren Hollywood Stars Brooklyn Dodgers Outfielder [26]
1950 Catfish Metkovich Oakland Oaks none Outfielder [1]
1951 Jim Rivera Seattle Rainiers none Outfielder [27]
1952 Johnny Lindell Hollywood Stars Pittsburgh Pirates Right-handed pitcher [28]
1953 Dale Long Hollywood Stars none First baseman [29]
1954 Jack Phillips Hollywood Stars Pittsburgh Pirates First baseman [30]
1955 Steve Bilko (1) Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs First baseman [9]
1956 Steve Bilko (2) Los Angeles Angels Chicago Cubs First baseman [9]
1957 Steve Bilko (3) Los Angeles Angels Brooklyn Dodgers First baseman [9]
1958 Earl Averill, Jr. San Diego Padres Cleveland Indians Catcher [31]
1959 Dick Hall Salt Lake City Bees Pittsburgh Pirates Right-handed pitcher [32]
1960 Willie Davis Spokane Indians Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder [33]
1961 Dick Phillips Tacoma Giants San Francisco Giants First baseman [34]
1962 Jesse Gonder San Diego Padres Cincinnati Reds Catcher [35]
1963 Billy Cowan Salt Lake City Bees Chicago Cubs Outfielder [36]
1964 Tony PérezHall of Famer San Diego Padres Cincinnati Reds First baseman [37]
1965 Dave Roberts Oklahoma City 89ers Houston Astros First baseman [38]
1966 Duane Josephson Indianapolis Indians Chicago White Sox Catcher [39]
1967 Rick Joseph San Diego Padres Philadelphia Phillies Third baseman [40]
1968 Jim Hicks Tulsa Oilers St. Louis Cardinals Outfielder [41]
1969 Denny Doyle Eugene Emeralds Philadelphia Phillies Second baseman [42]
1970 Bobby Valentine Spokane Indians Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop [43]
1971 Tommy Hutton Spokane Indians Los Angeles Dodgers First baseman [44]
1972 Tom Paciorek Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers First baseman [45]
1973 no player selected [41]
1974 Tom Robson Spokane Indians Texas Rangers First baseman [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 Right-handed pitcher [45]
1981 Mike Marshall Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder [47]
1982 Ron Kittle Edmonton Trappers Chicago White Sox Outfielder [48]
1983 Kevin McReynolds Las Vegas Stars San Diego Padres Outfielder [49]
1984 Alejandro Sánchez Phoenix Firebirds San Francisco Giants Outfielder [50]
1985 Danny Tartabull Calgary Cannons Seattle Mariners Outfielder [51]
1986 Tim Pyznarski Las Vegas Stars San Diego Padres First baseman [49]
1987 Mike Campbell Calgary Cannons Seattle Mariners Right-handed pitcher [52]
1988 Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1) Las Vegas Stars San Diego Padres Catcher [53]
1989 Sandy Alomar, Jr. (2) Las Vegas Stars San Diego Padres Catcher [53]
1990 José Offerman Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop [54]
1991 Tino Martinez Calgary Cannons Seattle Mariners First baseman [4]
1992 Tim Salmon Edmonton Trappers California Angels Outfielder [55]
1993 James Mouton Tucson Toros Houston Astros Outfielder [56]
1994 Billy Ashley Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder [57]
1995 Donne Wall Tucson Toros Houston Astros Right-handed pitcher [58]
1996 Steve Mintz Phoenix Firebirds San Francisco Giants Right-handed pitcher [59]
1997 Paul Konerko Albuquerque Dukes Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [60]
1998 Chris Hatcher Omaha Royals Kansas City Royals Outfielder [61]
1999 Calvin Murray Fresno Grizzlies San Francisco Giants Outfielder [62]
2000 José Ortiz Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics Second baseman [63]
2001 Phil Hiatt Las Vegas 51s Los Angeles Dodgers Third baseman [64]
2002 Robb Quinlan Salt Lake Stingers Anaheim Angels Outfielder [65]
2003 Graham Koonce Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics First baseman [66]
2004 Dan Johnson^ Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics First baseman [67]
2005 Andy Green Tucson Sidewinders Arizona Diamondbacks Second baseman [68]
2006 Scott McClain Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics Third baseman [69]
2007 Geovany Soto^ Iowa Cubs Chicago Cubs Catcher [70]
2008 Nelson Cruz^ Oklahoma RedHawks Texas Rangers Outfielder [71]
2009 Randy Ruiz Las Vegas 51s Toronto Blue Jays First baseman [72]
2010 J. P. Arencibia^ Las Vegas 51s Toronto Blue Jays Catcher [73]
2011 Bryan LaHair Iowa Cubs Chicago Cubs First baseman [74]
2012 Adam Eaton^ Reno Aces Arizona Diamondbacks Outfielder [75]
2013 Chris Owings^ Reno Aces Arizona Diamondbacks Shortstop [76]
2014 Joc Pederson^ Albuquerque Isotopes Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder [77]
2015 Matt Duffy^ Fresno Grizzlies Houston Astros Third baseman [78]
2016 Renfroe, HunterHunter Renfroe^ El Paso Chihuahuas San Diego Padres Outfielder [79]

See also[edit]

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