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2018 Players Choice Awards Marvin Miller Man of the Year Finalists

Paul Goldschmidt, Curtis Granderson and Mike Trout are top vote recipients

 

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 – Paul Goldschmidt, Curtis Granderson and Mike Trout were selected by their fellow players as finalists for the 2018 Marvin Miller Man of the Year in appreciation of their inspirational leadership on the field and in the community.

 

Marvin Miller, for whom the award is named, served as the Major League Baseball Players Association’s first full-time executive director, from 1966 through 1982, and guided its emergence as one of the country’s strongest and most cohesive labor unions.

 

In balloting for the Marvin Miller Award, players are asked to vote for the player they “most respect based on his leadership on the field and in the community.” Recent winners include Anthony Rizzo (2017), Granderson (2009, 2016), Adam Jones (2015), Clayton Kershaw (2014) and Mariano Rivera (2013).

 

The Players Choice Awards are held in high regard by players because the winners are selected in balloting among players. In addition to the Marvin Miller Man of the Year and the Player of the Year awards, whose winners are selected in voting across both leagues, players in each league choose their outstanding players, pitchers and rookies as well as comeback players.

 

The winners of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year and Player of the Year awards each receive

a $50,000 grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to direct to charities of their choice, while the second and third-place finishers receive a $10,000 grant.

 

Winners of the eight league-wide awards receive grants of $20,000 each. Runners-up in all categories that are not Player of the Year or Marvin Miller Man of the Year receive $10,000 and third-place finishers $5,000.

 

All told, the 2018 Players Choice Award winners will designate charities to receive grants of nearly $500,000 from the Players Trust this year. Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on- and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $4 million to charities around the world.

 

Through their collective charity, players pool resources to support efforts that provide hope, sustainability and lasting change around the world. Players direct grants to the wide range of causes they support – from disaster relief to health and human services to growing baseball in the United States and abroad.

 

Players Choice Awards voting among all players was conducted in mid-September by the accounting firm KPMG.  The winners of all the 2018 Players Choice Awards will be announced on Nov. 27.

2018 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Finalists

 

Curtis Granderson, who has twice been honored as Marvin Miller Man of the Year, leads in the clubhouse and the community with a warm, engaging attitude and the kind of hard work and commitment that inspire achievement both on the field and in the lives he touches through his Grand Kids Foundation. Curtis’ foundation encourages positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition - providing tools and resources for educational and societal advancement.

Paul Goldschmidt has become a superstar on the field and leader in the Phoenix community. Paul and his wife Amy began volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the winter of 2011 following his rookie season. In 2014, Paul and Amy began Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids, which ensures patients have access to iPads, movies, books, toys, and other entertainment when they are confined to the hospital.

Since 2016, Mike Trout has served as an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, using his platform to educate the community about the value of the organization's one-to-one mentoring programs. His role is to enhance recruitment efforts through social media advocacy, marketing and fundraising. Trout has also made monetary and equipment donations to his hometown Millville Thunderbolt Club, which supports Millville (NJ) High School athletic programs.

About the Major League Baseball Players Trust

Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes.  Each year the Players Trust distributes more than $1.5 million in annual grants and programs.  For additional information, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org, @MLBPlayersTrust.

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