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Press Release

09/10/2007 5:35 PM ET
Tom Glavine, Vladimir Guerrero, Torii Hunter, Derek Jeter, Jake Peavy and Albert Pujols selected by fans as finalists for 2007 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award
These six placed on 2007 Players Choice Awards ballots for league-wide player voting Sept. 11 & 12

NEW YORK -- Thousands of baseball fans participated in an Internet poll on between September 4 and 10, to determine which six players, one from each division, inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities. From this list of 30 players, Derek Jeter (NY Yankees) was tabbed to represent the AL East, Torii Hunter (Minnesota Twins) the AL Central, Vladimir Guererro (LA Angels of Anaheim) the AL West, Tom Glavine (NY Mets) the NL East, Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals) the NL Central and Jake Peavy (San Diego padres) the NL West.

These six players will have their names placed on the 2007 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 on Tuesday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 12, when the accounting firm of KPMG conducts the league-wide, players-only voting for the 2007 Players Choice Awards.

The 2007 Players Choice Awards also honor the outstanding player, rookie, pitcher, and comeback player in each league, as well as the overall Player of the Year. 2007 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing over $3 million to charities around the world.

Pujols was the recipient of the 2006 Man of the Year Award, and other past winners of the award, named for the legendary baseball union leader, also include Jim Thome, John Smoltz, Mike Sweeney, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Eric Davis and Paul Molitor.

2007 Players Choice Marvin Miller Man of the Year Divisional Winners

American League East

New York Yankees – Derek Jeter: In addition to being a leader in his team’s clubhouse, Derek has been at the forefront of a number of charitable efforts. For over 10 years, Derek’s Turn 2 Foundation has raised over $7 million dollars to help children across the country. Turn 2 creates and finances programs that promote the development of sound academic, fitness and leadership habits among children and to caution against the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

American League Central

Minnesota Twins – Torii Hunter: Torii’s passion in life is baseball, both in playing the game and in sharing it with those less fortunate. This year, Torii created the Torii Hunter Project, which partners with the Little League Urban Initiative to stop the disappearance of baseball diamonds from America’s inner cities. Additionally, Torii devotes his time and money to organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Twin Cities, Athletes in Action, and he is active with a number of programs organized by the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

American League West

Los Angeles Angels – Vladimir Guererro: Through his Vlad’s Pad program, Guerrero donates 127 tickets to each Angels home game, which are distributed to charities in the area, with a focus on children. The Vlads Pad program enables over 10,000 children to attend games at Angel Stadium each season. Guerrero has also been involved with the local charitable group “Padres Contra El Cancer” donating game tickets for children and families affected by cancer. In his home country, the Dominican Republic, the Guerrero Family business, Los Hermanos Guerrero, provides several job opportunities in his hometown.

National League East

New York Mets - Tom Glavine: Tom’s resume of charitable involvement is matched only by his many baseball accomplishments. Over the course of his 21-year career, Tom has been actively involved in charities such as Volunteers of America – New York’s Operation Backpack campaign, the Georgia Transplant Foundation, Tuesday’s Children, and the Leukemia Society of America, and has worked with Major League Baseball as part of the Commissioner’s Initiative for Kids. Also, Tom rallied his Mets teammates to donate over $625,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief.

National League Central

St. Louis Cardinals – Albert Pujols: Winner of the 2006 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, Albert and his wife Deidre are the founders of the Pujols Family Foundation, which is dedicated to the love, care and development of people with Down Syndrome and their families. Albert annually hosts a charity golf tournament to raise money for the foundation. The Pujols family dedicates their time not only to those with Down Syndrome, but also to the impoverished children and orphans of the Dominican Republic by donating money and time for education and gifts.

National League West

San Diego Padres – Jake Peavy: During the off season, Jake hosted and mentored 30 boys at a five-day leadership camp in Mobile, Alabama called Team Focus. The goal of the camp is to provide guidance in the lives of young fatherless men, ages 10 to 17. During the season, over 1,800 children from inner-city recreation centers attend a game as part of Jake Peavy's charity ticket program. Jake actively supports the men and women serving in the Armed Forces, appearing at four local military bases (MCAS Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, NAS 32nd Street and NAS North Island) to sign autographs.

The following players were nominated by their teammates for the 2007 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award:

Arizona: Tony Clark; Atlanta: Tim Hudson; Baltimore: Brian Roberts; Boston: Tim Wakefield; Chicago Cubs: Derrek Lee; Chicago White Sox: Jim Thome; Cincinnati: Aaron Harang; Cleveland: Travis Hafner; Colorado: Matt Holliday; Detroit: Brandon Inge; Florida: Miguel Cabrera; Houston: Craig Biggio; Kansas City: John Buck; Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Vladimir Guerrero; Los Angeles Dodgers: Brad Penny; Milwaukee: Geoff Jenkins; Minnesota: Torii Hunter; New York Mets: Tom Glavine; New York Yankees: Derek Jeter; Oakland: Nick Swisher; Philadelphia: Jamie Moyer; Pittsburgh: Jack Wilson; San Diego: Jake Peavy; San Francisco: Barry Zito; Seattle: Raul Ibanez; St. Louis: Albert Pujols; Tampa Bay: James Shields; Texas; Michael Young; Toronto: Roy Halladay; Washington: Ryan Zimmerman.