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Bill Ladson

LaRoche honored to be Man of Year Award finalist

LaRoche honored to be Man of Year Award finalist

ATLANTA -- Adam LaRoche is one of the six players -- Carlos Beltran, Josh Hamilton, Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Max Scherzer are the others -- to be selected by fans as finalists for 2014 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

LaRoche pays close attention to the Wounded Warrior Project at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. LaRoche is known to bring Wounded Warriors to the ballpark, including taking batting practice on a recent homestand at Nationals Park.

"It's an honor. It's obvious that my impact on people, not just in this game or what's I've done statistically, but how you treat people and how we handle ourselves or represent ourselves, is more important to me than on-field achievements or stats," LaRoche said about being a finalist. "That's why this is really cool. I obviously had an impact on somebody for my name to be even mentioned."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.