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

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

Cheer on: Vote for the Rockies' 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 through Monday at noon MT -- with winners to be unveiled an hour later at 1 p.m.

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

Diana Barrett: Barrett is part of a passionate fan group that dates back to Todd Helton's career and has remained a Coors Field staple.

Josh Pugh: Pugh attends games in Colorado while sporting an incredibly tall mohawk embellished with Rockies colors and team-specific messages.

Mary Leisring: Leisring is a season-ticket holder who has been cheering on the Rockies in Denver since the club's inaugural season in 1993.

Gerry Johnston: A fixture at Rockies games since Day 1, Johnston was overjoyed to take a photo with the team earlier this year.

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 2 p.m. on Sept. 19 to noon 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.