Leading the voting for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, named in honor of the MLBPA's first executive director and given annually to the player who inspires others through his on-field performances and contributions to his community, are Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves, Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox, and two-time Man of the Year award winner Michael Young of the Texas Rangers. Touched early in his career by the experience of a young boy with cystic fibrosis, Jones has long been a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He serves as the chair of the Georgia chapter's 65 Roses Sports Committee and the Bridges to a Cure campaign and hosts children with cystic fibrosis at Turner Field. Konerko and his wife Jennifer have continually supported foster families in the state of Illinois and launched the Bring Me Home campaign through Children's Home and Aid. Winner of the 2008 and 2011 Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards, Young and his wife Cristina launched The Michael Young Family Foundation to improve children's social, educational, physical and mental well-being.
Players Choice Awards have been presented each year since 1992, when Major Leaguers selected Dennis Eckersley and Barry Bonds as the AL & NL Outstanding Players, respectively. Today, the players annually honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player in each league, while the Player of the Year and Man of the Year awards bestow top honors without regard to league. Balloting for the 2012 Players Choice Awards was conducted in all Major League clubhouses on Sept. 19, under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.
2012 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. The Players Trust raises funds and attention for issues affecting the needy and promotes community involvement. 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. For additional information, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com or visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust.
Below please find the complete list of 2012 Players Choice Awards finalists.
Outstanding Player: Adrian Beltre (Texas), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Mike Trout (LA Angels)
Outstanding Pitcher: David Price (Tampa Bay), Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox), Jered Weaver (LA Angels)
Outstanding Rookie: Yoenis Cespedes (Oakland), Yu Darvish (Texas), Mike Trout (LA Angels)
Comeback Player: Adam Dunn (Chicago White Sox), Kendrys Morales (LA Angels), Alex Rios (Chicago White Sox)
Outstanding Player: Ryan Braun (Milwaukee), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh), Buster Posey (San Francisco)
Outstanding Pitcher: Johnny Cueto (Cincinnati), R.A. Dickey (NY Mets), Gio Gonzalez (Washington)
Outstanding Rookie: Todd Frazier (Cincinnati), Bryce Harper (Washington), Wade Miley (Arizona)
Comeback Player: Adam LaRoche (Washington), Ryan Ludwick (Cincinnati), Buster Posey (San Francisco)
Player of Year: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh), Mike Trout (LA Angels)
Man of the Year: Chipper Jones (Atlanta), Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox), Michael Young (Texas)
View a complete list of previous winners.