Justin Verlander, who won 24 games this past season to lead Major League Baseball and pitched the Detroit Tigers into the American League Championship Series, was voted Player of the Year by fellow big leaguers.
Verlander also was named AL Outstanding Pitcher during the Players Choice Awards last night.
Michael Young of the Texas Rangers was named the Marvin Miller Man of the Year for his outstanding character and charitable work.
Young and his wife, Cristina, started the Michael Young Family Foundation to improve children’s health and have provided more than $170,000 in college scholarships to 94 cancer survivors and Hispanic students through his Young Heroes and Michael Young Family Hispanic Scholarship programs.
Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees, who led the AL with 119 runs batted in and topped all major leaguers by scoring 136 runs, was chosen AL Outstanding Player. He placed second this year in the major leagues in home runs with 41.
Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who led the National League with 115 runs, 39 home runs and 126 RBIs, was selected as NL Outstanding Player. An All-Star center fielder, he also stole 40 bases, collected 195 hits and batted .324 for the season.
Kemp’s teammate, Clayton Kershaw, was named NL Outstanding Pitcher after amassing a 21-5 record and leading the league with a 2.28 earned run average and 248 strikeouts.
Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels was named the AL Outstanding Rookie, with Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel picking up the NL newcomer’s award.
Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox was named AL Comeback Player of the Year and Lance Berkman, who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series, won the NL equivalent.
Winners designate charities that will receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust.