VOTE NOW FOR THE MARVIN MILLER MAN OF THE YEAR DIVISION WINNERS!
Major Leaguers on each team have selected one teammate as their Club’s nominee for the 2016 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. Now it’s your turn to help the Players choose the 2016 Marvin Miller Man of the Year, by casting your vote to help determine the six division finalists for the award, which, as part of the Players Choice Awards program, goes to the Player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community most inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
AL EAST NOMINEES
MANNY MACHADO | Baltimore Orioles
Manny has created and hosted his annual celebrity BaseBOWL Tournament to raise money for the Baltimore City Foundation to support the Baltimore Parks & Recreation’s “Play Baseball” summer program for children. At the tournament, Manny and Orioles teammates, along with local celebrities, bowl for various prizes. Manny recently partnered with New Era to create a special hat that is sold at the Orioles team store, where all proceeds benefit the cause.
BROCK HOLT | Boston Red Sox
Brock has been an active supporter of the Jimmy Fund, which supports the fight against cancer, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. This past season, he has served as a Jimmy Fund co-captain and has attended various fundraising events, visited patients and solicited support for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
ROB REFSNYDER | New York Yankees
Rob, who was adopted out of South Korea when he was just three months old, partnered with Athletes Brand to design a t-shirt that simply says “Overachieve” – a quote that embodies his drive for success -- with profits benefitting A Kids Place, a Tampa Bay- area organization that works to provide stability and care for kids removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.
CHRIS ARCHER | Tampa Bay Rays
Chris created the Archway Foundation with the vision of empowering young people. He wants to help kids bridge the gap between limitations and reaching their goals. Beneficiaries of the Archway Foundation have included YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, and Big Brother Big Sisters. With partners support, the Archway Foundation has given gifts and meals to local families for the holidays and donated more than $70,000 worth of sports equipment to youth and sports programs.
DEVON TRAVIS | Toronto Blue Jays
Devon, one of the Jays’ most community minded players, was named the 2015 Honda Player of the Month by the Toronto Chapter of the BBWAA and will donate the award to a charity of his choosing. Devon also recently assisted at the 2016 Poker Classic benefitting the Jays Care foundation, which is an organization that uses baseball to create a lasting social change for children and youth.
AL CENTRAL NOMINEES
MIKE NAPOLI | Cleveland Indians
Throughout his career, Mike has been dedicated to increasing awareness for pediatric cancer. During the 2015 post season, Mike promoted American Flag shorts sold to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Brady’s Bunch, which is a youth lacrosse program. Mike has also created a ticket program called the “Bearded Bunch,” which allows students in the Brady’s Bunch and the Bunch Nation to have the opportunity to attend an Indians home game.
DAVID ROBERTSON | Chicago White Sox
David, along with his wife, Erin, founded High Socks for Hope after tornadoes devastated his hometown of Tuscaloosa in 2011. In addition, they created Rick's Fund in 2016 to honor Erin's father Rick, who lost a heroic battle to pancreatic cancer. Because of David's caring, personal donations and participation in fundraising events, thousands of natural disaster survivors, homeless veterans and individuals fighting cancer have been helped through his charities, including victims of tornadoes in Okla., Hurricane Sandy and the recent floods in Louisiana.
JUSTIN VERLANDER | Detroit Tigers
Justin is an avid supporter of Wins for Warriors, an organization that provides mental health support to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families in the Detroit, Richmond and Norfolk areas. He continues to support the US Military by working with Victory 4 Veterans, a nonprofit that works to support Veterans who reside at the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke, MA, as well as other veteran outreach programs in the New England area.
ERIC HOSMER | Kansas City Royals
Eric, a spokesman for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City since 2012, holds a "Step Up Big” campaign each season to raise funds and help recruit "Bigs" (Big Brothers and Big Sisters) for local children, including a batting practice meet-and-greet session. Hosmer also works with Noah's Bandage Project, which he became involved with after corresponding with young cancer patient Noah Wilson during the 2014 World Series. Noah passed away the next year but the program continues.
KYLE GIBSON | Minnesota Twins
Kyle is an active supporter of various charitable causes including Bright Hope, an organization that aims to bring hope to people around the world who are living on less than $1 each day. He and his wife, Elizabeth, recently went on a mission trip with Bright Hope to Haiti. He also is a supporter of the charity fantasy football organization, Big League Impact, and recently participated in an auction to benefit Childhood Cancer Awareness.
AL WEST NOMINEES
LANCE MCCULLERS | Houston Astros
Lance and his wife, Kara, share a passion for pet rescue. Together, they founded the Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation to invest, bring awareness and create programs aimed at advocates for stray and homeless animals across the country. Their goal is to support shelters and programs that promote pet adoption and work toward their goal of making Houston a no-kill city. Lance and Kara have partnered with causes like ‘Houston Pets Alive’ to raise awareness and funds for animal adoptions and no-kill sanctuaries.
ALBERT PUJOLS | Los Angeles Angels
Albert created the Pujols Family Foundation in 2005 to help those living with Down syndrome in the United States and to improve the lives of the impoverished in the Dominican Republic. This non-profit agency works to honor God and to strengthen families through works, deeds and examples. Albert and his foundation have created and hosted various events, including the Autumn Prom, Hitters and Splitters bowling event, Batter Up Cooking Classes, O’ Nigh Divine, Albert’s All-Stars Basketball Game and Shootout, and the Albert Pujols Celebrity Golf Classic.
STEPHEN VOGT | Oakland Athletics
Stephen and his wife, Alyssa, are active supporters of the School of Imagination, which provides support and services to more than 300 children, many with special needs and disabilities such as autism. Stephen makes monthly visits to the school each year and also hosts the school at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum various times throughout the season. This April, the Vogts and the Vogt Family Fund hosted the school’s first-ever All-Star Benefit on World Autism Day, which raised more than $90,000. The Vogts have been working with the school since 2014.
NELSON CRUZ | Seattle Mariners
Nelson is among the initial players to support Baseball Cares, an initiative launched in the Dominican Republic by the United States Agency for International Development, MLB and the MLBPA to mobilize resources in the baseball community to aid the Dominican Republic. Nelson donated $22,250 to purchase wheel chairs, medical equipment and ambulances, benefitting approximately 60 people with disabilities in his home town of Las Matas de Santa Cruz. Along with the help of the Seattle Fire Department, Nelson also donated firefighting equipment.
IAN DESMOND | Texas Rangers
Ian helps raise money to benefit awareness and research for neurofibromatosis, a disorder referred to as NF that makes its victims highly susceptible to tumors. It’s become a personal cause for him since befriending a young man from South Carolina, Ethan Brown, who has NF. Ian has also volunteered with the Players Trust’s Action Team national youth volunteer program, recently meeting with Action Team teens who were helping with a clean-up at Palmetto Park, which is near Desmond’s home in Florida. Ian joined the Action Team members and discussed the importance of volunteering.
NL EAST NOMINEES
MATT WISLER | Atlanta Braves
This past season, when Matt took part in the first Major League game to take place on a military base when the Braves played at Fort Bragg, he was one of the players to visit service men and women at the Womack Army Medical Center. Matt is also a major supporter of Childhood Cancer Awareness month and took part in the Childhood Cancer Awareness day on Sept. 3 at all Major League Baseball stadiums.
MIKE DUNN | Miami Marlins
In 2011 Mike went on a deep-sea fishing excursion with wounded veterans off the coast of Miami and caught a passion for helping members of our armed services. Since that memorable day, Mike has spent Monday home games at Marlins Park providing unforgettable ballpark experiences to military families, as part of his All for One, Dunn for All program. His passion for helping service members and their families extends to his work with the Special Operations Warriors Foundation, by helping provide scholarships to children who have lost a military parent.
CURTIS GRANDERSON | New York Mets
Through his Grand Kids Foundation, Curtis inspires and encourages positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition - providing tools and resources for educational and societal advancement. Curtis hosts a number of annual events including Grand-Giving fundraiser in support of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, spring training and winter youth clinics and creative writing competitions for students.
RYAN HOWARD | Philadelphia Phillies
Ryan recently founded the Ryan Howard Big Piece Foundation, which works to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth and families through various organizations that advance education, nutrition, physical fitness as well as social economic status. Last season, Ryan and his wife, Krystle, hosted their first fundraising event, Stand Up for Literacy, at the Franklin Institute that benefit local students in the Philadelphia area for the next “Big Piece” Grant.
RYAN ZIMMERMAN | Washington Nationals
Ryan is the president and the founder of the ziMS Foundation, which he founded in honor of his mother, who was diagnosed with MS in 1995. The ziMS foundation is dedicated to providing research for the cure for MS. Ryan and his foundation host an annual charity gala and golf event where Ryan auctions off professional memorabilia from various athletes to help “bring home a cure.” He has also hosted an annual Night at the Ballpark event.
NL CENTRAL NOMINEES
ANTHONY RIZZO | Chicago Cubs
The three-time all-star founded the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to raise money for cancer research and to provide support to children and their families battling the disease. Annual fundraisers including “Cook off for Cancer” and “Laugh off for Cancer” have raised funds for organizations including Ann & Robert Children’s Hospital, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital, Family Research Foundation and University of Miami Health Systems.
MICHAEL LORENZEN | Cincinnati Reds
Michael is a big supporter of pediatric cancer awareness as well as a frequent visitor of the Cincinnati Children’s hospital. The right-handed pitcher, who switched to No. 21 this year in honor of Roberto Clemente, was recently named as the 2016 Reds nominee for the Roberto Clemente award, for his efforts, including a recent donation of $7,500 to the Dragonfly Foundation, which provides comfort to kids and young adults enduring cancer and/or bone marrow transplants.
RYAN BRAUN | Milwaukee Brewers
Throughout his professional career, Ryan has become very involved with two charities in particular – Habitat for Humanity and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Through his work with these organizations, he helps bring people together to build homes, communities and hope along with ensuring that HIV patients in the Wisconsin area gain the health care and social services they need for long-term survival with this disease.
JOSH HARRISON | Pittsburgh Pirates
Through his association with the nonprofit Dreambuilders Foundation, Josh has been active in the Pittsburgh community. In addition to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, for which he helped renovate a learning lab, Josh’s charitable work has supported Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that works to mobilize communities, individuals and resources to provide food to elementary school children who otherwise may go hungry.
ADAM WAINWRIGHT | St. Louis Cardinals
In 2013, Adam launched Waino's World of Fantasy Football, which has transformed into Big League Impact -- a fantasy football organization played among Major Leaguers with 100 percent of the donations being split between two pre-selected charities—Operation Food Search and Water Missions International. Adam also supports the Catch-A Dream Foundation an organization that provides hunting and fishing trips for children with life threatening illnesses.
NL WEST NOMINEES
AJ POLLOCK | Arizona Diamondbacks
AJ works closely with and is a major supporter of Unified Sports, an inclusive sports program that partners typical students and those with intellectual disabilities on teams for training and competitions. He holds this organization close to his heart, along with supporting the Special Olympics because of a strong bond he developed with a high school friend who had Down syndrome.
CARLOS GONZALEZ | Colorado Rockies
Carlos holds an annual Celebrity Bowling tournament to benefit his foundation, the Carlos Gonzalez Foundation, which strives to strengthen communities by assisting today’s youth in living a complete lifestyle through proper nutrition, education and recreational opportunities. This year, Gonzalez has committed to donate $1,000 for each home run and $500 for each RBI to Denver Kids and Denver Boys and Girls Club.
JUSTIN TURNER | Los Angeles Dodgers
A regular participant of his teammate, Clayton Kershaw’s Ping Pong 4 a Purpose, Justin is always active in his local community. This past August, he joined the Los Angeles Dream Center for their annual Back to School Bash in distributing 2,000 backpacks, each field with supplies including pencils, paper, and notebooks to families from the Echo Park, Rampart District, Skid Row, Lincoln Heights, South Central and Watts neighborhoods.
JON JAY | San Diego Padres
Jon actively supports the Boys and Girls Club of Miami, where he was a member during his childhood. He recently held his 5th Annual Celebrity Bowling Challenge, raising more than $50,000 to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Project Learn After-School Program. Their mission is to enable all young people to reach their full potential. The Boys and Girls Club provides structured programming to help their youth members become productive, caring and responsible citizens.
JAKE PEAVY | San Francisco Giants
Jake combines his love of sports and music in his community efforts. The Jake Peavy Foundation helps individuals achieve their full potential through the arts, education and athletics. The foundation recently hosted its annual benefit concert, Hero Jam, as well as a special service project in partnership with USO Arizona, where they assembled welcome home bags for military service members returning from deployment.