Beltran, Hamilton, Kershaw, LaRoche, Rizzo & Scherzer Selected by Fans as Finalists for 2014 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award
These Six Placed on 2014 Players Choice Awards Ballots for League-Wide Player Voting
New York, NY, Monday, September 15, 2014 … Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on MLBPLAYERS.com between September 6 and 12 to determine which six players, one from each division, inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities. From this list of 30 players, Carlos Beltran (NY Yankees) was tabbed to represent the AL East, Max Scherzer (Detroit Tigers) the AL Central, Josh Hamilton (LA Angels of Anaheim) the AL West, Adam LaRoche (Washington Nationals) the NL East, Anthony Rizzo (Chicago Cubs) the NL Central and Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers) the NL West.
These six players will have their names placed on the 2014 Players Choice Awards ballot to determine this season’s Marvin Miller Man of the Year award winner. The 2014 Players Choice Awards marks the 23rd anniversary of the awards, which began in 1992 with AL & NL Outstanding Players (Dennis Eckersley and Barry Bonds, respectively.) 2014 Players Choice Awards ballots will be distributed to all Major League players tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16, when the accounting firm of KPMG conducts the league-wide, players-only voting.
The 2014 Players Choice Awards also honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player in each league, as well as the overall Player of the Year. 2014 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. The Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $3 million to charities around the world.
Mariano Rivera (Pictured above) was the recipient of the 2013 Man of the Year Award. Past winners of the award, named for the legendary baseball union leader, also include Chipper Jones, Curtis Granderson, Torii Hunter, Albert Pujols, Mike Sweeney, Jim Thome, John Smoltz, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Eric Davis and Paul Molitor.
2014 Players Choice Marvin Miller Man of the Year Divisional Winners
American League East
Carlos Beltran – Carlos’ dream of building a baseball academy in his native Puerto Rico came true in 2011 with the opening of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Florida, Puerto Rico. The academy is a fully bilingual high school that strives for athletic and academic excellence. It graduated its first class in 2014. Carlos and his wife Jessica also hold various fundraisers for the foundation throughout the year, including a “Night in Old San Juan” event this month in New York.
American League Central
Max Scherzer – Reigning Players Choice AL Pitcher of the Year, Max Scherzer was the player host for the charity fantasy football program Big League Impact in the Detroit market. Max recruited teammates Miguel Cabrera, Ian Kinsler, Joba Chamberlain, Rick Porcello, Torii Hunter, Alex Avila, Don Kelly, Joe Nathan and Bryan Holaday to start leagues. Their draft was Aug. 15. Proceeds go to Big League Impact, as well as the Detroit Tigers Foundation, Detroit’s Police Athletic League and the Detroit Zoo.
American League West
Josh Hamilton – A five-time All-Star and the 2010 Most Valuable Player, Josh raises money and partners with other charitable organizations through his FourTwelve Foundation, which he formed along with his wife, Katie, for the purpose of personally investing in the lives of individuals and supporting their physical, spiritual and emotional needs. Specifically, the foundation reaches out to people who are oppressed, abandoned, rejected or impoverished and serves single and at-risk women.
National League East
Adam LaRoche – Adam focuses much of his off-field attention on the Wounded Warrior Project at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he regularly visits vets during their rehab and recovery. Adam also brings the Wounded Warriors to the ballpark, including taking batting practice on a recent homestand. Adam was also invited by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, to join the USO Holiday Tour and visited troops in Greece, Afghanistan, Italy and Germany last December.
National League Central
Anthony Rizzo – A survivor of Hodgkins Lymphoma for which he underwent six months of chemotherapy as a Class A player in 2008, Anthony founded the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation to support cancer research and families fighting the disease. Anthony visits Lurie Children’s Hospital every month, spending time with kids on the pediatric oncology floor. The foundation has raised more than $500,000 with his “Walk Offs for Cancer” and “Cook Offs for Cancer” events.
National League West
Clayton Kershaw – First inspired by their relationship with a malnourished, HIV-infected girl in Lusaka, Zambia named Hope, Clayton and his wife, Ellen, began Kershaw’s Challenge in 2011. The Challenge is to use whatever you have been blessed with – talent, passion or purpose – to give back to others. This year, Kershaw’s Challenge helped support transitional housing for homeless families in Los Angeles (The Dream Center) and a sports ministry in West Dallas (Mercy Street) in addition its ongoing work in Zambia.