NL OUTSTANDING ROOKIE
First baseman Pete Alonso led the majors with 53 home runs as a rookie and captivated baseball fans across the country with his power and production, breaking records all season long. Dubbed the Polar Bear, the 24-year-old from Tampa earned his first trip to the All-Star Game where he also won the Home Run Derby. The runners up were Mike Soroka and Bryan Reynolds.
AL OUTSTANDING ROOKIE
After defecting from Cuba in 2016 and spending three years in the minor leagues, 22-year-old Yordan Alvarez debuted with the Astros on June 9 and immediately cracked the lineup of the 2017 World Series champions and joined the ranks of baseball’s top sluggers. In just 87 games and 313 at-bats, Alvarez hit 27 home runs and slashed .313/.412./.655 for the Astros. Luis Arráez, who helped Minnesota reach the postseason, and Eloy Jiménez placed second and third.
NL COMEBACK PLAYER
After appearing in only 52 games with the Blue Jays and Indians due to injuries in 2018, Josh Donaldson returned with a vengeance this season to help lead the Atlanta Braves to the NL East title, slashing .259/.379/.521 with 37 home runs and 94 RBIs. He also led NL third basemen with 15 Defensive Runs Saved. Pitchers Sonny Gray and Hyun-Jin Ryu came in second and third.
AL COMEBACK PLAYER
After struggling in his final season with the Giants, Hunter Pence played winter ball in the Dominican Republic, signed a minor-league contract with the Texas Rangers and proceeded to rejuvenate his career. The 13-year veteran hit 18 home runs with 59 RBIs and a .297 batting average over 83 games. The 36-year-old Forth Worth, Texas native was voted as the starting DH in his first All-Star game since 2014. Lucas Giolito and Jorge Soler were the runners up.
NL OUTSTANDING PITCHER
Jacob deGrom, who won the NL Outstanding Pitcher award in 2018, went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and an NL-leading 255 strikeouts over 32 starts and 204 innings in his sixth season with the New York Mets. The 31-year-old right-hander made the NL All-Star team for the third time and had a career-best 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Hyun-Jin Ryu and Mike Soroka placed second and third.
AL OUTSTANDING PITCHER
Future Hall-of-Famer Justin Verlander’s 15th season was one of his best. The 6-foot-5 right-hander led the majors with 21 wins, a .172 opponent batting average and a 0.80 WHIP while being selected for his eighth All-Star Game. He also struck out 300 batters for the first time and joined the 3,000-strikeout club along the way. Astros teammate Gerrit Cole and Lucas Giolito were the runners up
AL OUTSTANDING PLAYER & PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mike Trout continued to demonstrate why he’s widely considered this generation’s greatest all-around player. With his season cut short by about a month, the 28-year-old New Jersey native produced a .291 batting average, 45 HR and 104 RBIs. Trout, who has now hit at least 27 home runs in each of his eight full seasons, also led the AL with a 1.083 OPS. Alex Bregman and Rafael Devers were the other finalists.
MARVIN MILLER MAN OF THE YEAR
Granderson, a three-time All-Star who has consistently combined speed, power and defensive skill over 16 seasons with seven clubs, leads in the clubhouse and the community with a warm, engaging demeanor. His hard work, commitment and goodwill also set a positive tone for his teammates and in the many lives he touches through his Grand Kids Foundation.
Over the past decade, Granderson’s Grand Kids Foundation has introduced baseball to more than a million kids in underserved communities, supplied 17.5 million meals to families in need, brought fitness activities to dozens of cities and developed a multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art sports complex in his hometown of Chicago that serves over 10,000 kids annually.