Cheer on: Vote for the Indians' top fan of 2016

Winners on all 30 clubs will take home tickets, major bragging rights

Cheer on: Vote for the Indians' top fan of 2016

Players, managers and executives receive their fair share of recognition each season. But what about the fans?

The most important part of the game -- you -- should be cheered, too. That is why Major League Baseball has stepped up to the plate to honor the inaugural MLB Fans of the Year presented by Esurance.

Nominees from all 30 Major League clubs will be featured on mlb.com/awards from Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET through Monday at 2 p.m. ET -- with winners to be unveiled Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

Vote NOW for the MLB Indians 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 Indians fans were chosen among a long list of deserving candidates:

Nate Crowe: Crowe originated the slogan that eventually became a T-shirt and a social-media phenomenon: Party at Napoli's.

Kat Heintzelman: The day before she started chemotherapy, Heintzelman just wanted a hug and a homer from Mike Napoli. He provided both.

Kyle Chaboudy: Chaboudy took one of the most memorable photos of the season, snapping a selfie while he was on the Progressive Field videoboard.

Makhi Williams: The youth baseball player and his favorite player, Francisco Lindor, swapped signed batting gloves at a July game.

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.