Josh Donaldson, Zack Greinke and Bryce Harper are the finalists for Player of the Year while Dee Gordon, Adam Jones and David Robertson are finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year on Monday night when the winners of the 2015 Players Choice Awards are announced during an hour-long broadcast on MLB Network.
The Players Choice Awards, in which the players themselves recognize excellence on and off the field, have been presented by the Major League Baseball Players Association, since 1992, providing more than $4 million in charitable grants to causes selected by the winning players.
For the fifth consecutive year, Players Choice Award winners will be announced exclusively on MLB Network on Monday, Nov. 9, at 8 pm. ET. The awards program will be presented by MLB The Show™ and sponsored by Majestic Athletic.
Major Leaguers selected Dennis Eckersley and Barry Bonds as the AL and NL Outstanding Players in 1992. Today, in addition to the overall Player of the Year and Marvin Miller Man of the Year, given annually to the player who inspires others through his on-field performances and contributions to his community, the players also honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player in each league.
The 2015 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Players Trust. The eight league winners receive $20,000 grants each, and the two overall winners receive $50,000 grants each.
The winners and finalists for each award were selected by players on Sept. 16 in league-wide balloting conducted under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.
The Players Trust raises funds and attention for issues affecting the needy and promotes community involvement.
Also announced during the Players Choice Awards broadcast will be the first-ever “Always Game” award, presented by Majestic. The “Always Game” award will be given to the player who – game in and game out – constantly exhibits grit, tenacity, perseverance and hustle; all for the benefit of his teammates and fans. Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros, Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays, and Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins were chosen as “Always Game” finalists by the players from a group of nominees originally selected by Majestic Athletic and a panel of baseball experts.
Here is complete list of 2015 Players Choice Awards finalists:
Player of the Year: Josh Donaldson (Toronto), Zack Greinke (LA Dodgers), Bryce Harper (Washington)
Man of the Year: Dee Gordon (Miami), Adam Jones (Baltimore), David Robertson (Chicago White Sox)
Outstanding Player: Nelson Cruz (Seattle), Josh Donaldson (Toronto), Mike Trout (LA Angels)
Outstanding Pitcher: Sonny Gray (Oakland), Dallas Keuchel (Houston), David Price (Toronto)
Outstanding Rookie: Carlos Correa (Houston), Francisco Lindor (Cleveland), Miguel Sano (Minnesota)
Comeback Player: Prince Fielder (Texas), Kendrys Morales (Kansas City), Alex Rodriguez (NY Yankees)
Outstanding Player: Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies), Paul Goldschmidt (Arizona), Bryce Harper (Washington)
Outstanding Pitcher: Jake Arrieta (Chicago Cubs), Zack Greinke (LA Dodgers), Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers)
Outstanding Rookie: Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs), Matt Duffy (San Francisco), Jung Ho Kang (Pittsburgh)
Comeback Player: Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado), Matt Harvey (NY Mets), Joey Votto (Cincinnati)
For a complete list of award winners going back to 1992, click here.