NEW YORK -- Beginning today, fans voting online will help select the Major League baseball player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement. Fan voting for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award will be conducted on www.MLBPLAYERS.com
, the official website of Major League baseball players, through noon on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award is bestowed annually by Major League players, along with nine other Players Choice Awards, to honor the players they believe are the best in the game. Players on each of the 30 Major League teams have nominated one teammate as a candidate for the 2012 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.
Fans now may visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com to select their favorite among the nominees. Six division finalists chosen by the fans will appear on the Players Choice Awards ballot when all Major Leaguers vote on Wednesday, Sept. 19, to select the winner.
Michael Young of the Rangers was the 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year. Young and his wife Cristina launched The Michael Young Family Foundation to improve children's social, educational, physical and mental health. A longtime sponsor of the Wipe Out Kids Cancer Ambassadors Program, Young has also provided college scholarships to local cancer survivors and Hispanic students through his Young Heroes Scholarship Program. Past winners of the award, named for the legendary baseball union leader, also include Brandon Inge, Curtis Granderson, Torii Hunter, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, John Smoltz, Mike Sweeney, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Eric Davis and Paul Molitor.
The 2012 Players Choice Awards also honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player in each league, as well as the overall Outstanding Player of the Year. 2012 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Players Trust. Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $3 million to charities around the world.
The following players were nominated by their teammates for the 2012 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award:
Arizona: Brad Ziegler; Atlanta: Chipper Jones; Baltimore: Adam Jones; Boston: Jarrod Saltalamachhia; Chicago Cubs: David DeJesus; Chicago White Sox: Paul Konerko; Cincinnati: Jay Bruce; Cleveland: Vinnie Pestano; Colorado: Michael Cuddyer; Detroit: Miguel Cabrera; Houston: Jose Altuve; Kansas City: Billy Butler; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: C.J. Wilson; Los Angeles Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw; Miami: Josh Johnson; Milwaukee: Corey Hart; Minnesota: Justin Morneau; New York Mets: R.A. Dickey; New York Yankees: Mark Teixeira; Oakland: Jonny Gomes; Philadelphia: Cole Hamels; Pittsburgh: Andrew McCutchen; San Diego: Clayton Richard; San Francisco: Barry Zito; Seattle: Felix Hernandez; St. Louis: Skip Schumaker; Tampa Bay: David Price; Texas: Michael Young; Toronto: Ricky Romero; Washington: Ryan Zimmerman.