Nominees from all 30 Major League clubs will be featured on MLB.com/awards through Monday at 2 p.m. ET -- with winners to be unveiled an hour later at 3 p.m.
Vote NOW for the MLB Tigers Fan of the Year presented by Esurance
Winners whose clubs reach the League Championship Series or Fall Classic will receive tickets to root for the home team on a late-October night. As for the top fans whose teams fall short of the sport's semifinals? Have no fear, as there's always next year (and free tickets to an April 2017 game of their choice).
Major League Baseball and the 30 clubs worked tirelessly to identify the sport's top supporters. But after great debate, the following Tigers fans were chosen among a long list of deserving candidates:
Rainy Hamilton Sr.: Many fans have unique ways to send good vibes to their teams; Hamilton Sr. does so by displaying his lucky bobbleheads before games.
Mary Weider: Now 104 years old, Weider attended her first Tigers game in 1926 and is a fan favorite on the club's social media channels these days.
Hunter and Braden Gandee: Hunter Gandee often carries his brother, Braden, on his back for cerebral palsy awareness, and they threw the ceremonial first pitch at a game in 2016.
Jim Nelle: Nelle is something of a Tigers fan ambassador, traveling to stadiums across the Majors decked out in a Tiger-print suit.
The MLB Fans of the Year presented by Esurance program represents the "first inning" of the Esurance MLB Awards, which honor greatness in Major League Baseball and serve as the grand finale of the game's awards season. Esurance MLB Awards voting will run from 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 19 to 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 11 and include nominees in 19 categories -- from Best Major Leaguer to Best Social Media Post to Best MLB Interview.
Media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and fans will determine the most #AwardWorthy players and moments from 2016. The MLB Awards winners will be announced Friday, Nov. 18, live on MLB.com and MLB Network.
Zachary Finkelstein is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.