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MLB Players Choice Awards Revealed

(JEFF ROBERSON/AP)

(JEFF ROBERSON/AP)

On Wednesday night the 25th Annual Players Choice Awards were announced. The award recognizes the outstanding season of certain ball players with the award given by the Major League Players Association (MLBPA). The ballots are done in secret by the players as they choose the top players amongst their peers.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Outstanding Player: Jose Altuve, Astros

He may be small in stature but, the Houston Astros’ second baseman plays the game as if he is as big as the world. The 26-year-old had a career high 2016 season which included taking the American League Batting Champ with a .338 batting average and an AL high 216 hits. He concluded the season with 24 homers, 42 double and 96 runs batted in. 

Other Awards: Majestic Always Game Awards and Player of the Year award

Outstanding Pitcher: Rick Porcello, Red Sox

The right-hander had the bounce back season that his career needed. Since arriving in Boston, Porcello hadn’t performed to his own or the team’s expectations, leading the Red Sox to sign All-Star David Price. With a 22-4 record however, Porcello showed hat he was the most dominant pitched in Boston’s rotation and led them to the postseason. 

Outstanding Rookie: Michael Fulmer, Tigers

The twenty-three year old made his MLB Debut on April 29, 2016 and immediately made an impact on a struggling Tigers’ pitching rotation. Fulmer set a record of 33.1 scoreless innings which is the longest streak by a rookie pitcher since 1984 when Orel Hershiser threw 32 scoreless innings. Fulmer went 11-7 on the season with a 3.06 ERA. 

Comeback Player: Mark Trumbo, Orioles

The 30-year-old was a welcomed addition to the Baltimore Orioles in 2016, keeping them in the running for the AL East Division title and clinching a Wild Card spot. Trumbo started the season with five homers in ten games and continued that pace which led him to his first All-Star selection since 2012 and the Major League homerun leader with 47 homers and finished the season with 108 RBIs. 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Outstanding Player: Daniel Murphy, Nationals

Daniel Murphy added a necesary “pop” to the Nats’ defense that led them to the National League East title. His stellar season ended with a .347 batting average along with 104 RBIs and 25 homers. He was also the National League leader in doubles with 47 and slugging with .595.

Outstanding PitcherKyle Hendricks, Cubs

For just 26 years old, Kyle Hendricks is “cool as a cucumber” when it comes to high pressure situations. Hendricks got off to a slow start in 2016 but the got a fresh start in the second half of the year going from a 11-7 record and improving to 16-8 to finish the season. The right-hander pitched two complete games in 2016 and finished the regular season with a 2.13 ERA, the best in all of baseball and the first Chicago Cub to earn that honor since 1938. Hendricks’ postseason erformance was also impressive as he pitched the Cubs to the World Series with a dominant Game 6 outing in the NLCS. He then brought that same dominance to the mound in Game 7 of the World Series to lead the Cubs’ to their first Championship in 108 years. 

Outstanding RookieCorey Seager, Dodgers

Corey Seager wasn’t only one of the best rookies in baseball but, he was one of the best overall players in the game as well. The 22-year-old was the Dodgers’ youngest starting shortstop on Opening Day since 1944, he also had a three homerun game in June. He was selected to play in his first All-Star Game and Homerun Derby this past season. He finished the season with  a .308 batting average, 26 homers and 72 RBIs. 

Comeback Player: Jose Fernandez, Marlins

Major League Players submitted their votes for the Players Choice Awards on September 20, just five days later at just 24-years-old, Fernandez along with two friends was tragically was killed in a boating accident in Miami. In his last start just days prior, he struck out an impressive 12 batters in eight innings against the Washington Nationals; in all he struck out 253 batters in 182.1 innings pitched. His 2016 campaign was a bounce back for him in his first full season after recovering from Tommy John Surgery in 2014 and finally getting back to the mound in July 2015. His 16-8 record and 2.86 ERA was one of the best in the National League.

Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award: Curtis Granderson, Mets

Granderson was honored by winning the award for the second time in his career as the player who most inspires his fellow players through his on-field performances and contributions to his community. Granderson last won the award in 2009 when he was with the Detroit Tigers.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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