For their leadership on the field and in the community, players nominated Paul Goldschmidt, Curtis Granderson and Mike Trout as finalists for the 2018 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award.
Named after the founding executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award is the most revered of the Players Choice Awards.
Receiving the highest totals in voting by players across both leagues, Goldschmidt, Granderson and Trout are being recognized for their efforts on the diamond, in the clubhouse and in their communities. Granderson previously won the award twice, in 2009 and 2016.
The winner of the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, alongside the Player of the Year, will receive a $50,000 grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust to give to a charity of their choice. The second and third-place finishers will receive a $10,000 grant, contributing to the near total of $500,000 the Players Trust will be distributing.
Winners for all 10 Players Choice Awards will be announced on Nov. 27.
MARVIN MILLER MAN OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
The winners of each of the 10 Players Choice Awards will be announced on the evening of Nov. 27.
Curtis Granderson, who has twice been honored as Marvin Miller Man of the Year, leads in the clubhouse and the community with a warm, engaging attitude and the kind of hard work and commitment that inspire achievement both on the field and in the lives he touches through his Grand Kids Foundation. Curtis’ foundation encourages positive youth development via education, physical fitness and nutrition – providing tools and resources for educational and societal advancement.
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT, Arizona Diamondbacks
Paul Goldschmidt has become a superstar on the field and leader in the Phoenix community. Paul and his wife Amy began volunteering at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the winter of 2011 following his rookie season. In 2014, Paul and Amy began Goldy’s Fund 4 Kids, which ensures patients have access to iPads, movies, books, toys, and other entertainment when they are confined to the hospital.
MIKE TROUT, Los Angeles Angels
Since 2016, Mike Trout has served as an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, using his platform 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.
About the Major League Baseball Players Trust
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes. Each year the Players Trust distributes more than $1.5 million in annual grants and programs. For additional information, please visit www.PlayersTrust.org, @MLBPlayersTrust