Altherr up for Esurance MLB Award

Altherr up for Esurance MLB Award

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr had one of the more unusual plays of the 2015 season when he hit an inside-the-park grand slam last month at Nationals Park.

It was the first inside-the-park grand slam in baseball since 1999.

The play is nominated for an Esurance MLB Award in the Best Offensive Play category. A father making a catch with his baby strapped to his chest at Citizens Bank Park is nominated for Best Fan Catch.

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.

Also, Cole Hamels is nominated for Best Performance for his no-hitter in July. Tom McCarthy is nominated for Best TV Call for his call of the final out of the no-hitter.

Voting will remain open through Nov. 13 by visiting mlb.com/awards. Winners will be announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com on Nov. 20.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.