2018 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Top 30
The players have voted, and they've selected the best of the best from among their peers to be celebrated on Nov. 27 when the 27th annual Players Choice Awards are announced.
The accounting firm KPMG conducted league-wide voting among players for the AL and NL Outstanding Rookie, Outstanding Player, Outstanding Pitcher and Comeback Player of the Year awards om mid-September. Players in both leagues selected the overall Player of the Year and the Marvin Miller Man of the Year.
Perhaps the most coveted award is the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, named for the founding executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
For the Marvin Miller Award, players are asked to select the single player in the Major Leagues they “most respect based on his leadership on the field and in the community.” Recent winners include Anthony Rizzo (2017), Curtis Granderson (2009, 2016), Adam Jones (2015), Clayton Kershaw (2014) and Mariano Rivera (2013).
Three finalists for each award will be announced in the coming weeks. Below is a list of the highest vote recipient from each club for the Marvin Miller award. Each of these players will receive a grant from the Players Trust to go to a charity of their choice.
American League East
CC Sabathia – New York Yankees
When the PitCCh In Foundation was established in 2008, CC and his wife Amber made it their goal to help enrich the lives of inner-city youth by raising their self-esteem through educational and athletic activities. The PitCCh In Foundation has successfully developed a platform that provides young people the communal support they need to build confidence in their abilities and turn their dreams into reality.
Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
Since breaking into the majors, Mookie has helped support Pitching In For Kids (community youth support), One Mission (pediatric cancer) and The Will to Live Foundation (teen suicide prevention) in a variety of ways. From hosting charity bowling events to wearing foundation themed gear on game days, Betts continues to build upon his impact within the community.
Curtis Granderson – Toronto Blue Jays
Through his Grand Kids Foundation, Curtis inspires positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition - providing tools and resources for educational and societal advancement. Granderson hosts several 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.
Chris Archer – Tampa Bay Rays
For Chris, one of the privileges of being a major leaguer is the ability to give back to his community. When the Archway Foundation was founded, Archer has one goal in mind: paying his fortune forward to empower the youth as they strive to meet their goals and fulfill their dreams. Today, he continues his charitable efforts by supporting local youth baseball teams as well as through his K's for Kids fundraising campaign.
Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
Throughout his big-league career, Adam has enthusiastically advocated for the empowerment of Baltimore's local youth. Working closely with The Boys & Girls Clubs of Baltimore, Jones has helped provide local youth with educational opportunities that have helped kid achieve academic success, develop financial literacy and ultimately pursue higher education. He has also donated funds to Living Classrooms, Stocks in the Future, Harlem Lacrosse, Sharp Dressed Man and the Baltimore Urban Baseball Association.
American League Central
Tim Anderson – White Sox
After a close friend died, Tim decided to become involved in the Chicago community, so he launched Anderson's League of Leaders. The up-and-coming shortstop started the outreach program this summer at Parker Community Academy on Chicago's South Side with the goal of steering kids in the right direction. He planned to meet twice a month with kids at Youth Guidance, which implements school-based programs for at-risk kids.
Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
After hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated Puerto Rico in 2017, Francisco wanted to do everything in his power to help aid his home in anyway possible. Following last year's regular season, Lindor took numerous trips to the island to help begin the rebuilding process. In the 2018 Puerto Rico series, he hit an emotional home run in San Juan.
Joe Mauer – Minnesota Twins
As a hometown hero from St. Paul, Minn., Joe and his wife Maddie have immersed themselves in his local community. Mauer has gone the extra mile by supporting Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, the Highland Friendship Club (HFC), Friends of St. Paul Baseball as well as establishing his own community ticket program called Mauer's Minnies, which provided Twins game tickets to thousands of economically-disadvantaged youth from the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.
Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers
Víctor, who recently announced his retirement, has embraced his role as mentor to young players, particularly Latinos from other countries coming to the United States and earned the respect of his fellow players throughout his 15-year career. A memorable moment for Martinez in his final season was when he worked closely with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant the wish of a Panamanian 8-year-old battling Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
Since making his Major League debut in 2011, Salvador has made Kansas City his second home. Not only has Perez become a veteran presence and leader within the clubhouse, he has also taken on the role as a leader within his community. Throughout his time in Kansas City, Perez has donated over $1 million to local charities and the Urban Youth Academy in order to support the growth of youth baseball.
American League West
Nelson Cruz – Seattle Mariners
Nelson's compassion ranges from promoting education to ensuring the most vulnerable people of his hometown of Las Matas de Santa Cruz in the Dominican Republic have the necessities to lead safe, healthy lives. To date, he has sent two ambulances, a fire truck, wheel chairs, medicines, school supplies and baseball equipment back home and he is currently raising money to build a police precinct on property he purchased.
Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
Since 2016, Mike has served as an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, using his platform as an MLB superstar 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.
Chad Pinder – Oakland Athletics
As a member of a young Oakland team, Chad and his fiancée, Taylor, have already become influential figures in their local community. By teaming up with the School of Imagination in Dublin, Calif., Pinder has been able to help the school reach its goal of bringing out the extraordinary within every child. During both the regular and offseason, he has made it a monthly routine to visit the school and its students.
Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
As one of the game's elite players, Jose has been tireless in the Houston community as well as home in Venezuela. Altuve's community efforts range from hosting a Sunshine Kids event to aid in their fight against pediatric cancer this past offseason to gathering baseball equipment for Venezuelan children who are enduring hardship. Recently, he announced Jose Alutve Foundation.
Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
Adrian, who entered the offseason as the leader among active players with 2,933 MLB games played, has been highly active in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex community since joining the Rangers in 2011. He's supported the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, the Texas Rangers RBI program and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, as well as the I Love Baseball program in the Dominican Republic.
National League East
Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
Freddie annually partners with the Melanoma Research Foundation to help raise awareness and educate others on how to reduce potential risks of developing melanoma. To reinforce his message of taking the precautionary measures he discusses, he wears sun-protective sleeves every game.
Martin Prado – Miami Marlins
A 13-year veteran on a young Marlins team, Martin is valued by his fellow players for his leadership and professionalism in the clubhouse. His philanthropic player program, Very Prado You, gives student-athletes the experience of major league batting practice and other gameday incentives.
Jose Reyes – New York Mets
In his 16th season, Jose earned the respect of his teammates with the professionalism he demonstrated in transitioning from everyday player to role player. He took on the responsibility of mentoring young players, including the Mets' promising young shortstop Amed Rosario.
Rhys Hoskins - Philadelphia Phillies
Rhys, who is emerging as a young leader on the Phillies, has been involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association since high school. Initially an MDA Summer Camp counselor, he immediately joined the Philadelphia chapter upon his call up to the big leagues and has hosted multiple events for the organization.
Ryan Zimmerman - Washington Nationals
Since 2006 the ziMS Foundation has donated funds to support and educational programs for treatment and finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. ziMS is purely volunteer-based and has raised over $3.5 million over the last 13 years. Ryan also supports youth baseball.
National League Central
Anthony Rizzo - Chicago Cubs
A central figure in the middle of the Cubs' lineup and in the clubhouse since reaching the majors in 2011, Anthony also takes a leadership role in the community The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation benefits cancer research and supports children and their families battling cancer. A cancer survivor himself, Anthony and his family have been donating and hosting charitable events since 2012.
Joey Votto - Cincinnati Reds
In March, Joey was honored with the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award given annually by the Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity to the player who best exemplifies the “giving character” of the Yankees' Hall-of-Fame first baseman. He is contributed greatly to the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy as well as years of giving back to the Cincinnati community.
Corey Knebel - Milwaukee Brewers
Corey's charitable efforts go towards animal care and children living with disabilities. He has contributed to multiple charitable foundations, including the Miracle League of Milwaukee All-Star Game, Autism Speaks, the Brewers Community Foundation and Love Your Melon.
Jameson Taillon - Pittsburgh Pirates
A testicular cancer survivor, Jameson constantly seeks opportunities with Pirates Charities and makes appearances at other local events. He has partnered with Commonplace Coffee, his favorite coffee house, which sells his own blend of coffee with all proceeds going to Lending Hearts, a local charity that provides emotional and social support to children and young adults with cancer.
Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
Foundation 4, founded by Yadier and his wife Wanda in 2010, is a non-profit that helps sick and disadvantaged children in Puerto Rico. The Molinas host multiple charity events with Foundation 4, including a dinner to help the victims of Hurricane Maria.
National League West
Paul Goldschmidt - Arizona Diamondbacks
An NL All-Star in each of the last six seasons, Paul has become a D-Backs' leader on and off the field. His Goldy's Fund 4 Kids raises money to benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital. He and his wife Amy often visit the hospital to comfort children.
Colorado Rockies – Ian Desmond
For every RBI and run scored in May, Ian donated $1,000 to the Children's Tumor Foundation. He drove in 15 runs and knocked in14 runs that month. CTF aims to end Neurofibromatosis, and Desmond has regularly fundraised and organized events in support of CTF.
Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
Since 2011, Clayton has given back to the community through Kershaw's Challenge, a faith-based organization encourage others to use their talents or passions to impact communities positively and better the lives of at-risk children. He and his wife Ellen have donated over $6 million to the organization whose efforts go towards bettering life for children.
Clayton Richard – San Diego Padres
Clayton is a leader on and off the field for the Padres and has mentored many young pitchers coming up through the organization's minor league system. He has contributed and supported multiple charitable organization, including the Padres Foundation and the United Way of Lafayette.
Andrew McCutchen/Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
Andrew's dynamic play on the field is matched by his sportsmanship and community involvement off the field. He has worked previously with the Make-A-Wish foundation and regularly puts his community, fans and teammates first.
A six-time all-star and fixture in the Bay Area, Buster along with his wife Kristen have continued their charitable efforts with the Buster and Kristen Posey Fund, providing grants to research hospitals and charitable organizations to support children with pediatric cancer. Buster also is the Junior Giants Commissioner.
**All team nominees are based on the 2018 Opening Day Rosters