Albert Pujols is part of a record
3 players from the Cardinals
to be awarded Player Choice
Awards in a single year
In a pre-game ceremony tonight at Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and pitchers Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright will receive Players Choice Awards in recognition of their outstanding performances in 2009. Pitchers Kyle McClellan - a member of the MLBPA’s Executive Board - and Trever Miller will represent their Major League peers in presenting the awards.
In 2009, Adam, Albert and Chris helped lead the Cardinals to their fourth NL Central Division title in six seasons. In doing so, Adam captured the Players Choice Award as NL Outstanding Pitcher by leading the National League with 19 wins (19-8), 34 starts and 233 innings pitched. Albert was chosen NL Outstanding Player and Player of the Year after leading the Majors in home runs (47) and by finishing first among all National Leaguers in runs scored (124), on-base percentage (.443) and slugging percentage (.658), second in doubles (45) and third in batting average (.327), RBI (135) and walks (115). Chris was selected as NL Comeback Player for the second time (2004), by finishing with a 17-4 record and leading the NL with a 2.24 ERA, despite starting a total of just four games in the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
This is the first time three players from the same team have captured Players Choice Awards in a single season. Albert has now won eight Players Choice Awards, Chris has won four, while this is Adam’s first.
In their honor, the Major League Baseball Players Trust will award grants totaling $110,000 to charities chosen by tonight’s Award recipients. Adam has selected the Catch-A-Dream Foundation (Mississippi) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes to receive $10,000 each, while Chris has selected Kristen’s Fund (Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center - Lebanon, NH) to receive a $20,000 grant. The Players Trust will contribute an additional $70,000 to the charity, or charities, selected by Albert. 2009 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Players Trust. Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing nearly $3 million to charities around the world.
The Players Choice Awards winners (Outstanding Pitchers, Rookies, Comeback Players, Player of the Year and the Marvin Miller Man of the Year) were selected by secret ballot of all Major League baseball players, under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.
The 2009 Players Choice Awards finalists are [winners in bold & underlined]:
Outstanding Rookie: Elvis Andrus (Texas), Gordon Beckham (Chicago White Sox), Jeff Niemann (Tampa Bay)
Comeback Player: Russell Branyan (Seattle), Aaron Hill (Toronto), Scott Podsednik (Chicago White Sox)
Outstanding Pitcher: Roy Halladay (Toronto), Zack Greinke (Kansas City), C.C. Sabathia (NY Yankees)
Outstanding Player: Derek Jeter (NY Yankees), Joe Mauer (Minnesota), Kendry Morales (LA Angels of Anaheim)
Outstanding Rookie: Chris Coghlan (Florida), Tommy Hanson (Atlanta), J.A. Happ (Philadelphia)
Comeback Player: Aaron Boone (Houston), Chris Carpenter (St. Louis), Nick Johnson (Florida)
Outstanding Pitcher: Chris Carpenter (St. Louis), Tim Lincecum (San Francisco), Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)
Outstanding Player: Prince Fielder (Milwaukee), Albert Pujols (St. Louis), Hanley Ramirez (Florida)
Man of the Year: Curtis Granderson (Detroit), Torii Hunter (LA Angeles of Anaheim), Albert Pujols (St. Louis)
Player of Year: Joe Mauer (Minnesota), Albert Pujols (St. Louis), Hanley Ramirez (Florida)
Source: Major League Players Association
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