NEW YORK, Oct. 27– Aaron Judge, Paul Goldschmidt and Shohei Ohtani are the finalists for Player of the Year in balloting for the 2022 Players Choice Awards. The winners will be announced Thursday, Nov. 3, on ESPN’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter broadcast.
Francisco Lindor, Marcus Semien and Brent Suter are the nominees for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, which goes to the player “whose leadership most inspires others to higher levels of achievement.”
The Players Choice Awards have special significance to players because the winners are selected in balloting among their peers. In addition to the Marvin Miller Man of the Year and Player of the Year award winners, the Outstanding Players, Pitchers, Rookies and Comeback Players in both the American and National Leagues will be recognized.
Marvin Miller, who served as the Major League Baseball Players Association’s first full-time executive director from 1966-1982 and guided its emergence as one of the country’s strongest and most cohesive labor unions, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in September 2021. Curtis Granderson, who retired after the 2019 season, won the Miller award four times. Other recent honorees include Semien (2021), Nelson Cruz (2020), Anthony Rizzo (2017), Adam Jones (2015) and Clayton Kershaw (2014).
In addition to the active player honorees, the 2022 Curt Flood Award recipient will be announced. The award is given annually to “a former player, living or deceased, who in the image of Flood demonstrated a selfless, longtime devotion to the Players Association and advancement of players’ rights.”
Buck Martinez, Brooks Robinson and Steve Rogers are the 2022 Curt Flood Award nominees. Andre Dawson and Mark Belanger have won the award since its inception in 2020.
Below are all the finalists:
Player of the Year
Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani
Outstanding Player Award
American League: Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani (No other player received more than 5% of the vote.)
National League: Freddie Freeman, Paul Goldschmidt and Austin Riley
Outstanding Pitcher Award
American League: Dylan Cease, Alek Manoah, and Justin Verlander
National League: Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen and Julio Urias
Outstanding Rookie Award
American League: Julio Rodríguez, Adley Rutschman and Bobby Witt Jr.
National League: Brendan Donovan, Michael Harris II and Spencer Strider
Comeback Player Award
American League: Matt Carpenter, Mike Trout and Justin Verlander
National League: Ronald Acuña Jr., Brandon Drury and Albert Pujols
Marvin Miller Man of the Year
Francisco Lindor, Marcus Semien and Brent Suter Curt Flood Award
Buck Martinez, Brooks Robinson and Steve Rogers
Since 1992, the Players Choice Awards have recognized the outstanding on- and off-field performances of players. Voting among all players was conducted in late September.
For more information on the 2022 Players Choice Awards, visit the link here.