"I would like to say thanks to all of the fans for voting me Pitcher of the Year for the Esurance (MLB) Award," said Arrieta. "It means a tremendous amount to me, my family, to the entire city of Chicago and the entire Cubs organization. It is something very special that I really appreciate."
"I voted for Bryce Harper as Best Major Leaguer based upon his remarkable 2015 season," said MLB Network Analyst Dan O'Dowd. "His OPS was 100 points higher than the next closest player. Though all the players nominated had great seasons, for me none approached the consistent dominance Bryce demonstrated in 2015."
Here is the complete list of winners for the 2015 Esurance MLB Awards:
Best Major Leaguer: Bryce Harper
Best Everyday Player: Bryce Harper
Best Starting Pitcher: Jake Arrieta
Best Rookie: Kris Bryant
Best Defensive Player: Kevin Kiermaier
Best Breakout Player: Jake Arrieta
Best Bounceback Player: Prince Fielder
Best Play, Offense: Jose Bautista's home run in ALDS Game 5
Best Play, Defense: Josh Donaldson's diving catch into the stands
Best Moment: Eric Hosmer's game-tying run in World Series Game 5
Best Performance: Max Scherzer's second no-hitter of the season
Best Social Media Post: @JerrySeinfeld tweet after Mets acquired Yoenis Cespedes
Best Celebrity Fan: Will Ferrell
Best Fan Catch: Cubs fan catching a foul ball in her cup and drinking the beer
Best Call, TV: Vin Scully on the Dodgers' "balk-off" win
Best Call, Radio: Howie Rose on Bartolo Colon's double
Best Player-Fan Interaction: Andrew McCutchen giving his batting gloves to young fans
Best Major Leaguer, Postseason: Wade Davis
Best Video Board Moment: Vin Scully's return for 2016 announced by Magic Johnson and Jimmy Kimmel
Best MLB Interview: Stephen Vogt
Best Trending Topic: Toronto Blue Jays seventh inning of ALDS Game 5
Best Social Media Personality: Chris Archer
The 2015 Esurance MLB Awards represents a comprehensive award-balloting process based on nearly two months of voting, encompassing the entire awards season. The five different groups of voters - fans, members of the baseball media, club front-office personnel, former MLB players and Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) members - each count for 20% of the winner selection. Winners in each category will receive the trophy known as the GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly). The Awards are not limited by league affiliation and take Postseason play into consideration.
The awards for Best Manager and Best Executive will be announced and presented in-person to the winners on MLB Network and MLB.com from the 2015 Winter Meetings in Nashville on Tuesday, December 8.
Earlier this season, Esurance entered into a multi-year partnership with MLB to become the exclusive auto insurance partner for Major League Baseball as well as the title sponsor of the first-ever all-digital Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot and the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, each of which set all-time records for fan voting.