SEATTLE -- Nelson Cruz wasted no time making an impact in his first season with the Mariners as he finished second in the Majors in home runs, which is why the big right fielder has been selected as one of 13 finalists for Best Everyday Player in Major League Baseball for the Esurance MLB Awards.
Cruz led the Mariners with a .302 batting average and 93 RBIs in addition to his 44 home runs, second only to the 47 of Baltimore's Chris Davis among all MLB sluggers, proving to be an offensive force in his first year in Seattle.
The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor Major League Baseball's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process that includes five components, each of which accounts for 20 percent of the overall vote: media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, fans at MLB.com and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) voters.
Individual awards will go to the Best Major Leaguer in addition to the winners in the following categories: The Best Everyday Player, Starting Pitcher, Rookie, Defensive Player, Breakout Player, Bounceback Player, Manager, Executive, Social Media Personality and Postseason Performer.
Winners will also be recognized for the year's best offensive play, defensive play, Moment, single-game performance, Social Media Post, Celebrity Fan, Fan Catch, Interview, TV call, radio call, Player-Fan Interaction, Video Board Moment and Trending Topic.