Marvin Miller Man of the Year candidates excel off the field, too
Players selected three of the game’s best ambassadors as finalists for the 2016 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.
Curtis Granderson, Anthony Rizzo and Justin Turner were the top vote recipients for the award, which is named in honor of the Players Association’s first executive director and given to the player who most inspires his fellow players through his on-field performances and contributions to his community.
The Players Choice Awards, in which the players themselves select the best performances of the regular season, will be announced exclusively on MLB Network on Nov. 9 from 8 pm ET to 9:30 pm ET in a program presented by MLB®The Show ™.
The winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award receives a $50,000 grant from the Players Trust to award to a charity of his choice. It’s one of two Players Choice Awards, along with Player of the Year, selected by the players in both leagues.
Through his Grand Kids Foundation, Granderson, who just completed his third season with the Mets, inspires and encourages positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition - providing tools and resources for educational and societal advancement. Granderson 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
Rizzo, who plays for the World Series-winning Chicago Cubs, founded the 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.
Turner, a free agent who played the past three seasons for the Dodgers, lends his time and support to a number of causes, including the Los Angeles Dream Center and its annual Back to School Bash that distributed 2,000 backpacks, each filled with supplies including pencils, paper, and notebooks to families from the Echo Park, Rampart District, Skid Row, Lincoln Heights, South Central and Watts neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
Now in its 25th year, the Players Choice Awards program has been honoring the game’s best-of-the- best 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 2016 Players Choice Awards was conducted in all Major League clubhouses on September 20, under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.
The Players Trust raises funds and attention for issues affecting the needy and promotes community involvement. The Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $4 million to charities around the world selected by the winners.
For a complete list of past Players Choice Awards winners, please click here.
Watch Adam Jones accept his 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award