Sporting News Player of the Year Award

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Player of the Year
Awarded for Most Outstanding Player in Major League Baseball
Country United States
Presented by Sporting News
First awarded 1936
Currently held by José Altuve

This is a list of the Major League Baseball players awarded by Sporting News (formerly TSN, now SN) since 1936 as recipients of the Sporting News Player of the Year Award.[1]

History[edit]

The Sporting News established in 1936 the Player of the Year award. It is the oldest and most prestigious award given to the single player in MLB who had the most outstanding season. Until 1969, it was the only major award given to a single player from MLB, rather than to a player in each league. In 1969, Baseball Digest began its Player of the Year award for one player in all of MLB. (The award became limited to position players in 1994, when Baseball Digest added a new award for "Pitcher of the Year.") In 1993, the first Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award was given. In 1998, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) began its own Player of the Year award, for one player in all of MLB, as part of its Players Choice Awards. Baseball America also began its Major League Player of the Year award in 1998. In 2012, MLB's "GIBBY Awards" added an MLB Most Valuable Player category, which was renamed the Most Valuable Major Leaguer in 2014; its current name is the "Esurance MLB Awards" Best Major Leaguer.

Winners[edit]

Key[edit]

Hall of Famer Ted Williams, five-time winner
Hall of Famer Stan Musial, two-time winner
NL National League
AL American League
P Pitcher
C Catcher
1B First baseman
2B Second baseman
3B Third baseman
SS Shortstop
OF Outfielder
BA Batting average
RBI Run batted in
HR Home runs
W-L Win Loss Record
K Strikeouts
ERA Earned run average
SB Stolen bases
R Runs scored
Hall of Fame Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Player is active
* Led League

Awardees[edit]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, 2-time winner.
Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, 2-time winner.
Hall of Famer Willie Mays in 1954.
3-time winner Rodriquez as a New York Yankee
3-time winner Albert Pujols
2-time winner Miguel Cabrera
Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr, 2-time winner at Yankee Stadium
Year Name Club League Pos Notes References
1936 Carl HubbellHall of Fame New York Giants NL P W-L: 26*-6, ERA: 2.31*, K: 123 [2][3]
1937 Johnny Allen Cleveland Indians AL P W-L: 15-1, ERA: 2.55, K: 87 [4][5]
1938 Johnny Vander Meer Cincinnati Reds NL P W-L: 15-10, ERA: 3.12, K: 125 [6][7]
1939 Joe DiMaggioHall of Fame New York Yankees AL OF BA: .381*, RBI: 126, HR: 30 [8] [9]
1940 Bob FellerHall of Fame Cleveland Indians AL P W-L: 27*-11, ERA: 2.61*, K: 261*,
AL Triple Crown
[10][11]
1941 Ted WilliamsHall of Fame(1) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .406*, RBI: 120, HR: 37*, Runs: 135*,
BB: 147*
[12][13]
1942 Ted WilliamsHall of Fame(2) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .356*, RBI: 137*, HR: 36*, Runs: 141*,
BB: 145*, MLB Triple Crown
[12][13]
1943 Spud Chandler New York Yankees AL P W-L:20*-4, ERA:1.64*, K:134 [14]
1944 Marty Marion St. Louis Cardinals NL SS BA: .263, RBI: 63, HR: 6 [15]
1945 Hal NewhouserHall of Fame Detroit Tigers AL P W-L: 25*-9, ERA: 1.81*, K: 212*,
MLB Triple Crown
[16][17]
1946 Stan MusialHall of Fame(1) St. Louis Cardinals NL 1B BA: .365*, RBI: 103, HR: 16, Runs: 124* [18][19]
1947 Ted WilliamsHall of Fame(3) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .343*, RBI: 114*, HR: 32*, Runs: 125*,
BB: 162*, AL Triple Crown
[12][13]
1948 Lou BoudreauHall of Fame Cleveland Indians AL SS BA: .355, RBI: 106, HR: 18 [20]
1949 Ted WilliamsHall of Fame(4) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .343, RBI: 159*, HR: 43*, Runs: 150*,
BB: 162*
[12][13]
1950 Phil RizzutoHall of Fame New York Yankees AL SS BA: .324, RBI: 66, HR: 7 [21]
1951 Stan MusialHall of Fame(2) St. Louis Cardinals NL OF BA: .355*, RBI: 108, HR: 32, Runs: 124 [18][19]
1952 Robin RobertsHall of Fame Philadelphia Phillies NL P W-L: 28*-7, ERA: 2.59, K: 148 [22][23]
1953 Al Rosen Cleveland Indians AL 3B BA: .336, RBI: 145, HR: 43 [24]
1954 Willie MaysHall of Fame New York Giants NL OF BA: .345*, RBI: 110, HR: 41, Runs: 119 [25]
1955 Duke SniderHall of Fame Brooklyn Dodgers NL OF BA: .309, RBI: 136*, HR: 42, Runs: 126* [26]
1956 Mickey MantleHall of Fame New York Yankees AL OF BA: .353*, RBI: 130*, HR: 52*, Runs: 132*,
MLB Triple Crown
[27]
1957 Ted WilliamsHall of Fame(5) Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .388*, RBI: 87, HR: 38, BB: 119 [12][13]
1958 Bob Turley New York Yankees AL P W-L: 21*-7, ERA: 2.97, K: 168 [28][29]
1959 Early WynnHall of Fame Chicago White Sox AL P W-L: 22*-10, ERA: 3.17, K: 179 [30][31]
1960 Bill MazeroskiHall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates NL 2B BA: .273, RBI: 64, HR: 11, Gold Glove [32]
1961 Roger Maris New York Yankees AL OF BA: .269, RBI: 141*, HR: 61*, Runs: 132*,
Single Season Home Run Record
[33]
1962 Maury Wills Los Angeles Dodgers NL SS BA: .299, RBI: 48, HR: 6, SB: 104* [34]
1962 Don DrysdaleHall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L: 25*-9, ERA: 2.83 K: 232* [35][36]
1963 Sandy KoufaxHall of Fame(1) Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L: 25*-5, ERA: 1.88* K: 306*,
MLB Triple Crown
[37][38]
1964 Ken Boyer St. Louis Cardinals NL 3B BA: .295, RBI: 119*, HR: 24 [39]
1965 Sandy KoufaxHall of Fame(2) Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L: 26*-8, ERA: 2.04* K: 382*,
MLB Triple Crown
[37][38]
1966 Frank RobinsonHall of Fame Baltimore Orioles AL OF BA: .316*, RBI: 122*, HR: 49*, Runs: 122,
AL Triple Crown
1967 Carl YastrzemskiHall of Fame Boston Red Sox AL OF BA: .326*, RBI: 121*, HR: 44*, Runs: 112*,
AL Triple Crown
1968 Denny McLain Detroit Tigers AL P W-L: 31*-6, ERA: 1.96 K: 280 [40][41]
1969 Willie McCoveyHall of Fame San Francisco Giants NL 1B BA: .320, RBI: 126*, HR: 45*
1970 Johnny BenchHall of Fame Cincinnati Reds NL C BA: .293, RBI: 148*, HR: 45*
1971 Joe TorreHall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals NL 3B BA: .363*, RBI: 137, HR: 24
1972 Billy WilliamsHall of Fame Chicago Cubs NL OF BA: .333*, RBI: 122, HR: 37
1973

Reggie JacksonHall of Fame

Oakland Athletics AL OF BA: .293, RBI: 117*, HR: 32*, Runs: 99*
1974 Lou BrockHall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals NL OF BA: .306, RBI: 48, HR: 3, SB: 118*, R: 105
1975 Joe MorganHall of Fame(1) Cincinnati Reds NL 2B BA: .327, RBI: 94, HR: 17, SB: 67, R: 107
1976 Joe MorganHall of Fame(2) Cincinnati Reds NL 2B BA: .320, RBI: 111, HR: 27, SB: 60, R: 113
1977 Rod CarewHall of Fame Minnesota Twins AL 1B BA: .388*, RBI: 100, HR: 14, SB: 23, R: 128*
1978 Ron Guidry New York Yankees AL P W-L: 25*-3, ERA: 1.74* K: 248 [42][43]
1979 Willie StargellHall of Fame Pittsburgh Pirates NL 1B BA: .281, RBI: 82, HR: 32
1980 George BrettHall of Fame Kansas City Royals AL 3B BA: .390*, RBI: 118, HR: 24
1981 Fernando Valenzuela Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L 13-7, ERA: 2.48 K: 180* [44][45]
1982 Robin YountHall of Fame Milwaukee Brewers AL SS BA: .331 RBI: 114, HR: 29
1983 Cal Ripken, Jr.Hall of Fame(1) Baltimore Orioles AL SS BA: .318 RBI: 102, HR: 27, Runs: 121*
1984 Ryne SandbergHall of Fame Chicago Cubs NL 2B BA: .314 RBI: 84, HR: 19, Runs: 114
1985 Don Mattingly New York Yankees AL 1B BA: .324 RBI: 145*, HR: 35
1986 Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox AL P W-L: 24*-4, ERA: 2.48*, K: 238 [46][47]
1987 George Bell Toronto Blue Jays AL OF BA: .308 RBI: 134*, HR: 47
1988 Orel Hershiser Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L: 23*-8, ERA: 2.26, K: 178 [48][49]
1989 Kevin Mitchell San Francisco Giants NL OF BA: .291 RBI: 125*, HR: 47*
1990 Barry Bonds(1) Pittsburgh Pirates NL OF BA: .301, RBI: 114, HR: 33 [50][51]
1991

Cal Ripken, Jr.Hall of Fame(2)

Baltimore Orioles AL SS BA: .323, RBI: 114, HR: 34
1992 Gary Sheffield San Diego Padres NL OF BA: .330*, RBI: 100, HR: 33
1993 Frank Thomas Hall of Fame Chicago White Sox AL 1B BA: .317, RBI: 128, HR: 41
1994 Jeff BagwellHall of Fame Houston Astros NL 1B BA: .368, RBI: 116*, HR: 39, Runs: 104*
1995 Albert Belle Cleveland Indians AL OF BA: .317, RBI: 126*, HR: 50*, Runs: 121*
1996 Alex Rodriguez(1) Seattle Mariners AL SS BA: .358*, RBI: 123, HR: 36, Runs: 141* [52][53]
1997 Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners AL OF BA: .304, RBI: 147*, HR: 56*, Runs: 125
1998 Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs NL OF BA: .308, RBI: 158*, HR: 66, Runs: 134*
1999 Rafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers AL 1B BA: .324, RBI: 148, HR: 47
2000 Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays AL 1B BA: .344, RBI: 137, HR: 41, Runs: 115
2001 Barry Bonds(2) San Francisco Giants NL OF BA: .328, RBI: 137, HR: 73*, Runs: 129,
BB: 177*, Single Season Home Run Record
[50][51]
2002 Alex Rodriguez(2) Texas Rangers AL SS BA: .300, RBI: 142*, HR: 57*, Runs: 125,
Gold Glove
[52][53]
2003 Albert Pujols(1) St. Louis Cardinals NL 1B BA: .359*, RBI: 124, HR: 43, Runs: 137* [54][55]
2004 Barry Bonds(3) San Francisco Giants NL OF BA: .362*, RBI: 101, HR: 45, Runs: 129,
BB: 232*
[50][51]
2005 Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves NL OF BA: .263, RBI: 128, HR: 51*, Runs: 95*,
Gold Glove
2006 Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies NL 1B BA: .313, RBI: 149*, HR: 58*, Runs: 104
2007 Alex Rodriguez(3) New York Yankees AL 3B BA: .314, RBI: 156*, HR: 54*, Runs: 143* [52][53]
2008 Albert Pujols(2) St. Louis Cardinals NL 1B BA: .357, RBI: 116, HR: 37, Runs: 100 [54][55]
2009 Albert Pujols(3) St. Louis Cardinals NL 1B BA: .327, RBI: 135, HR: 47* [54][55]
2010 Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers AL OF BA: .359*, RBI: 100, HR: 32
2011 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers AL P W-L: 24*-5, ERA: 2.40*, K: 250*,
AL Triple Crown
[56][57]
2012 Miguel Cabrera(1) Detroit Tigers AL 3B BA: .330*, RBI: 139*, HR: 44*, Runs: 109,
AL Triple Crown
[58][59]
2013 Miguel Cabrera(2) Detroit Tigers AL 3B BA: .348*, RBI: 137, HR: 44, Runs: 103 [58][59]
2014 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers NL P W-L: 21*-3, ERA: 1.77*, K: 239 [60]
2015 Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays AL 3B BA: .297, RBI: 123*, HR: 41, Runs: 108 [61]
2016 José Altuve (1) Houston Astros AL 2B BA: .338*, RBI: 96, HR: 24, Runs: 108 [62]
2017 José Altuve (2) Houston Astros AL 2B BA: .346*, RBI: 81, HR: 24, Runs: 112 [63]

Multiple Wins[edit]

Players[edit]

Several players have won the award more than once. Ted Williams, Joe Morgan, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, and Jose Altuve are the only players to win the award in consecutive years. Ted Williams won the award five times. Sandy Koufax is the only pitcher to win the award more than once. Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds are the only players to win the award while playing with different teams. Stan Musial and Alex Rodriguez are the only players to win the award while playing different positions. The only tie was in 1962, when Don Drysdale and Maury Wills shared the honor. Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds are the only players to win the award with multiple teams. Alex Rodriguez won the award with the most teams (3).

Winning multiple SN Player of the Year awards has been seen as guaranteed admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Barry Bonds is the only player with multiple awards, eligible for the Hall of Fame, but not a member of the Hall of Fame. The table is of the Players that have won two or more awards and the year they were inducted into Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.[64] Active players are not eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Player # of Awards Years Year inducted into HOF
Ted Williams Hall of Fame
5
1941–1942, 1947, 1949, 1957
1966
Barry Bonds
3
1990, 2001, 2004
-
Alex Rodriguez
3
1996, 2002, 2007
Not Yet Eligible
Albert Pujols
3
2003, 2008–2009
Active-Not Eligible
Stan Musial Hall of Fame
2
1946, 1951
1969
Sandy Koufax Hall of Fame
2
1963, 1965
1972
Joe Morgan Hall of Fame
2
1975–1976
1990
Cal Ripken Jr. Hall of Fame
2
1983, 1991
2007
Miguel Cabrera
2
2012–2013
Active-Not Eligible
Jose Altuve
2
2016–2017
Active-Not Eligible

Outfielders and Pitchers have won the most awards.

Position # of Awards
Outfield 26
Pitcher 19
First Baseman 13
Shortstop   9
Third Baseman   8
Second Baseman   6
Catcher   1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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