Vote for Hanrahan, Help the Red Cross!
Joel racked up another award today and another online vote! The winner gets $260,000 donated to the charaties of their choice, a great way to help out Iowa.
Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award - Ballot | MLB.com: Fan Forum
The Players Choice Awards, which includes Overall Player of the Year and Outstanding Player, Pitcher, Rookie and Comeback Player awards in each league, will be announced after the World Series.
Last year's Marvin Miller Man of the Year winner was center fielder Torii Hunter, then with the Minnesota Twins and now with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He created the Torii Hunter Project, which partners with the Little League Urban Initiative to halt the disappearance of baseball diamonds from America's inner cities. Hunter also devotes time and money to organizations such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Twin Cities and Athletes in Action, and he is active with a number of programs organized by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.
Among this year's 30 nominees (one from each team as selected by that club's players) are two previous winners -- St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols (2006) and Oakland Athletics designated hitter/first baseman Mike Sweeney (2005).
Other winners over the years were John Smoltz and Jim Thome twice apiece, Pedro Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr., Eric Davis and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.
The 2008 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Players Trust which, since 1992, has recognized the outstanding on- and off-the-field performances of awards winners by contributing more than $3 million to charities around the world. Here are the 2008 Marvin Miller Man of the Year candidates as nominated by their teammates:
Washington Nationals: Joel Hanrahan
Hanrahan has immersed himself in his local community, lending a helping hand whenever possible. He was an integral part of the 2008 Man and Woman of the Year Campaign for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - National Capital Area Region. Hanrahan is an active member of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, making school visits, baseball camp visits and on-field meet-and-greets with numerous non-profit organizations. Hanrahan also mobilized an aggressive fundraising campaign for the American Red Cross to support flooding in his home state of Iowa.
Charitable ballplayers up for award | MLB.com: News
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2008 Roberto Clemente Award: Home | MLB.com: Fan Forum
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