09/12/11 7:04 PM ET
Six Marvin Miller Award finalists announced
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
The award is given to players who "inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities."
Selected from a list of 30 players, the six finalists will have their names placed on the 2011 Players Choice Awards ballot to determine this season's Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award winner. Ballots will be distributed to all Major League players Sept. 13 and Sept. 14, when KPMG conducts the league-wide, players-only voting .
The 2011 Players Choice Awards will also honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher and comeback player in each league. The overall Player of the Year will also be recognized.
This year's Marvin Miller Man of the Year finalists -- one from each division -- were determined in an online poll on MLBPlayers.com from Sept. 9-12. Detroit's Brandon Inge was the recipient of the 2010 Man of the Year Award.
Past winners also include current players such as Young, Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and Indians slugger Jim Thome, as well as former players Mike Sweeney, John Smoltz and Eric Davis.
The winners of the 2011 Players Choice Awards will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. The Players Trust has contributed more than $3 million to charities around the world.
2011 Players Choice Marvin Miller Man of the Year Divisional Winners
David Robertson (Yankees), American League East: In May, the Yankees pitcher and his wife, Erin, established the David and Erin Robertson Foundation to raise relief funds and lend support to local charities helping those affected by the storms in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Robertson donates $100 for every batter he strikes out this season through his High Socks for Hope campaign.
Paul Konerko (White Sox), American League Central: Konerko's Bring Me Home Campaign raises funds to support abused and neglected children and promotes awareness for the benefits of foster care in partnership with Children's Home + Aid of Illinois. He also leads holiday gift drives and provides back-to-school shopping sprees for foster children. The Bring Me Home Campaign has raised more than $400,000 to benefit Illinois foster children and their families.
Michael Young (Rangers), American League West: The winner of the 2008 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, Young and his wife, Cristina, launched The Michael Young Family Foundation to improve children's social, educational, physical and mental health. A long-time sponsor of the Wipe Out Kids Cancer Ambassadors Program, Young has also provided college scholarships to more than 50 local cancer survivors and Hispanic students through his Young Heroes Scholarship Program.
David Wright (Mets), National League East: The David Wright Foundation provides aid and assistance to support the health, emotional development and education of needy children in greater Tri-State communities and in his Norfolk, Va., hometown, with a special emphasis on enhancing the quality of life for multiple sclerosis patients. This year, his Foundation's signature Las Vegas Night raised $60,000 for the New York City Ronald McDonald House and $111,000 for Virginia's Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters.
Adam Wainwright (Cardinals), National League Central: Wainwright is a champion for the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, an organization that gives the outdoor enthusiast the opportunity to share his Christian values while granting children with life-threatening illnesses their dream of going on a once-in-a-lifetime hunting and fishing trip. Wainwright also traveled to Joplin, Mo., to help with tornado relief and rebuilding efforts.
Troy Tulowitzki (Rockies) National League West: Tulowitzki grows "bad hair for a good cause" as part of the Wins for Kids program, an initiative that raised more than $25,000 for The Children's Hospital and The Special Olympics last season. He also welcomes terminally ill children to batting practice through the Rockies Share and Care program and is a national spokesman for the Play Sun Smart program, a program that promotes the importance of skin cancer prevention for the American Academy of Dermatology.