As announced last night, congratulations go out to Reds 3B Todd Frazier for being named as the National League’s outstanding rookie by his peers, aka the “Players Choice Awards”. Here’s the press release of the announcement, with the section highlighting Frazier in bold. — Barry
Major League Baseball Players
Announce 2012 Players Choice Award Winners
Miguel Cabrera is Player of the Year and AL Outstanding Player
Chipper Jones chosen as Marvin Miller Man of the Year
New York, NY, Monday, November 5, 2012 – Major League baseball players today announced the winners for their highest honors – the Players Choice Awards – in which the players themselves recognize their peers’ most outstanding and inspiring performances. The Players Choice Awards winners were announced this evening on MLB Network during an exclusive Players Choice Awards broadcast special presented by 2K Sports and benefitting the Major League Baseball Players Trust.
All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was chosen by his peers as the 2012 Player of the Year and American League Outstanding Player. Miguel compiled one of the most impressive seasons in Major League Baseball history by leading the American League in all three major offensive categories. He batted .330 with 44 home runs and 139 RBIs, making him the first player to achieve the Triple Crown since Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski earned the honor in 1967. Miguel’s success at the plate helped propel the Detroit Tigers to the American League Central Division title and the team’s first American League pennant since 2006.
Recently retired All-Star third baseman Chipper Jones has been recognized for his outstanding character and charitable work by receiving the 2012 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award. Named for the founding executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Man of the Year award honors the player whose excellence on and off the field most inspires others to higher levels of achievement. The 40-year old third baseman finished the 2012 season batting .287 with 14 home runs and 62 RBIs. In addition to his contributions on the diamond, Chipper has made a remarkable impact through his charitable actions. Through the work of the Chipper Jones Family Foundation, Chipper lends his support to help organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and Little League programs.
Standout outfielder Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates was named National League Outstanding Player for his All-Star performance. Andrew’s accomplishment can be attributed to his success in all phases of the game. At the plate, Andrew attained an impressive .327 batting average with 31 long balls, 96 RBI, 194 hits, 107 runs scored and .400 OBP. On the base paths, Andrew recorded 20 stolen bases this season, which increases his career total to 98.
The American League Outstanding Pitcher award has been given to Tampa Bay Rays left-handed All-Star, David Price. During the 2012 season, David finished his 20-win regular season with 205 strikeouts and a 2.56 ERA. David’s ERA ranked 2nd overall in the Majors behind Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles (2.53.) His strikeout total finished 5th highest among American League pitchers and 11th overall among all big league pitchers.
New York Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is the recipient of this year’s National League Outstanding Pitcher award. Throughout 2012, R.A. utilized his unique delivery to put together one of the best pitched seasons thrown by a knuckleballer. Specifically, the right-hander attained a 20-6 record with a 2.73 ERA and 230 Ks. R.A.’s ERA was lowest among Mets pitchers this season, 2nd lowest in the National League, and 4th overall. R.A.’s 230 strikeouts ranked highest among National League pitchers and 3rd in the Majors behind the Detroit Tigers’ duo of Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.
Centerfielder Mike Trout was named American League Outstanding Rookie for his performance with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Mike follows in the footsteps of fellow Angels teammate Mark Trumbo, who earned this distinguished award last year. Hailing from New Jersey, the 21-year-old Trout compiled one of the most impressive rookie seasons in baseball. Mike posted a .326 batting average, 30 home runs and 83 RBIs. Mike also demonstrated his speed on the base paths by recording an impressive 49 steals. His accomplishments during the first half of the regular season also secured him a place on this year’s American League All-Star team.
The 2012 National League Outstanding Rookie is Todd Frazier, third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds. In Todd’s first year with the Reds, he managed to establish himself as one of the brightest young stars on the ball club. The Toms River, New Jersey product batted .273 during the regular season with 19 long balls and 67 RBIs. Todd’s contribution at the plate and at the hot corner helped the Cincinnati Reds earn their 2nd National League Central title in three seasons.
American League Comeback Player of the Year honors went to Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox. After returning to the diamond this year from an injury-plagued 2011, Adam finished with 110 hits, 96 RBIs, 105 walks, and an incredible 41 home runs. Adam’s home run total finished just three shy of the American League leader Miguel Cabrera.
Buster Posey of the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants was named the National League Comeback Player of the Year. The 25 year-old All-Star catcher came back this year after suffering a 2011 season-ending injury to his left ankle during a collision at the plate. Upon his return to the Giants this year, Buster batted .336 with 24 home runs, and 103 RBIs.
Balloting for the Players Choice Awards was conducted in September under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.
2012 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the charitable foundation created and run by the players themselves. The Players Trust raises funds and attention for issues affecting the needy and promotes community involvement. Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $3 million to charities around the world. For additional information, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com or visit the Players Trust channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust.