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Esurance MLB Awards (formerly "This Year in Baseball Awards" (2002-2009) and then the "GIBBY Awards" (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) (2010-2014))¹: voting by fans, media, front-office personnel, former players, and SABR
Note: Current awards are in boldface.
Best Major Leaguer - formerly MLB MVP¹ (2012-2013; renamed "Most Valuable Major Leaguer" in 2014 and then "Best Major Leaguer" in 2015)
Best Hitter - formerly Hitter of the Year Award¹ (2004-2009 and 2012-2013), "Player of the Year" (2002-2003 and 2010-2011), and "Best Everyday Player" (2014-2015)
Best Pitcher (for all pitchers) - formerly Starting Pitcher of the Year Award¹ (2004-2013) and Best Starting Pitcher (2014-2015); formerly "Pitcher of the Year"--from 2002 to 2003--including starters and closers, but not setup men); in 2015, there was no awards category for Closer or Setup Man
Best Rookie - formerly Rookie of the Year Award¹
Best Starting Pitcher (discontinued in 2016) - see: "Best Pitcher," above
Best Closer (discontinued in 2015) - formerly Closer of the Year Award¹ (2004-2013); formerly "Pitcher of the Year"--from 2002 to 2003--including starters and closers, but not setup men)
Best Setup Man (discontinued in 2015) - formerly Setup Man of the Year Award¹ (2002-2013)
Best Defensive Player - formerly Defensive Player of the Year Award¹
Best Breakout Everyday Player (discontinued in 2016) - formerly Breakout Hitter of the Year Award¹ (formerly "Breakout Player of the Year")
Best Breakout Pitcher (discontinued in 2016) - formerly Breakout Pitcher of the Year Award¹ (formerly "Breakout Player of the Year")
Best Bounceback Player (discontinued in 2016) - formerly Comeback Player of the Year Award¹
Wow Factor of the Year Award¹ (discontinued in 2012) (formerly "Unsung Star of the Year" and "X-Factor Player of the Year")
Dependable Player of the Year Award¹ (2010; discontinued in 2011)
Best Social Media Personality
Best Executive - formerly Executive of the Year Award¹
Best Manager - formerly Manager of the Year Award¹
Best Major Leaguer, Postseason - formerly Postseason MVP Award¹
Lifetime Achievement Award¹ (2013; discontinued in 2014)
Best Play, Defense - formerly Play of the Year Award¹
Best Play, Offense - formerly Play of the Year Award
Best Outfield Throw (2014; discontinued in 2015)
Best Moment - formerly Moment of the Year Award¹
Best Storyline - formerly Storyline of the Year Award¹ (discontinued in 2015)
Best Performance - formerly Hitting Performance of the Year Award¹ and Pitching Performance of the Year (both were formerly "Single-Game Performance of the Year" and then "Performance of the Year")
Best Social Media Post
Best Celebrity Fan (2015; discontinued in 2016)
Best Fan Catch
Best MLB Interview (2015; discontinued in 2016)
Best Call, TV/Radio
Best Player-Fan Interaction
Best Video Board Moment (2015; discontinued in 2016)
Best Trending Topic
Best Oddity (discontinued in 2015) - formerly Oddity of the Year Award¹ (formerly "Blooper of the Year" and "Bizarre Play of the Year")
Best Walk-Off (discontinued in 2015) - formerly Walk-Off of the Year Award¹ (formerly "Game of the Year")
Best Cut4 Topic (divided into Best Fan Catch and Best Player-Fan Interaction in 2015; both were discontinued in 2016) - formerly Cut4 Topic of the Year Award¹ (formerly "Fan Moment of the Year")
Postseason Moment of the Year Award¹ (replaced by Best Postseason Play, Best Postseason Walk-Off, and Best Postseason Storyline in 2014) (all three were discontinued in 2015)
Big B.A.T./Frank Slocum Award: given to "an individual or a group of individuals whose exemplary service to the B.A.T. organization has helped provide dignity and self-esteem to members of the Baseball Family.
Bart Giamatti Award: given to the "individual associated with baseball who best exemplifies the compassion demonstrated by the late commissioner." Generally, it is given to a player involved in a wide range of charity work, benefitting both those involved with the game of baseball and those in the community at large.
Bobby Murcer Award: given to the team from each league that donates the most money during the annual B.A.T. Spring Training Fundraising Tour.
Beacon Awards: Beacon of Life Award, Beacon of Change Award, and Beacon of Hope Award
Sporting News Rookie of the Year (For its first three years--1946 to 1948--and in 1950, the award was given to only one player in all of MLB. In 1949 and from 1951 to the present, the award has been given in each of the two leagues. In 1961 and from 1963 through 2003, TSN split the rookie award into two separate categories: Rookie Pitcher of the Year and Rookie Player of the Year.)
Triple-A All-Star Game (The awards vary from year to year: Stars of the Game, Top Stars, MVP (discontinued), Stars of Stars (discontinued), Batter-of-the-Game (discontinued), Pitcher-of-the-Game (discontinued).)
American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Conference Champions in: NCAA Division I, II, and III conferences, NAIA conferences, NJCAA Division I, II, and III conferences, NCCAA conferences, and community-college conferences
^For footnotes re World Series honors and photos of championship teams, see #Babe Ruth League (below).
^ abThe Cal Ripken World Series tournament includes sixteen teams: 10 from the United States (by way of their respective tournaments) and 6 from outside the U.S. (by way of invitation from the Babe Ruth League). The U.S. champion and the International champion meet in the final game, for the world title. AtRipken Baseball official website, 'go to "Amateur Baseball" and click on "Cal Ripken World Series". Retrieved 2011-09-05.
^ abCal Ripken, Jr.Archived 2011-08-28 at the Wayback Machine. Babe Ruth League official website. Retrieved 2011-09-05. "... the Cal Ripken World Series ... includes 15 teams of 11- and 12-year-olds from all over the world and crowns the champion of the Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc."
^From 2000 to 2006, an International champion played the U.S. champion for the World Series title. Go toHonor Roll of World ChampionsArchived 2011-09-08 at the Wayback Machineand scroll down to "Cal Ripken 12-Year-Old (Major/60)". Babe Ruth League official website. Retrieved 2011-09-06.
^The Latino Baseball Hall of Fame (Salón de la Fama del Béisbol Latino, in Spanish) was established in 2010. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
^Given by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to the Canadian baseball player "judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to the highest ideals of the game of baseball." It is named for Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer James "Tip" O'Neill (not the former U.S. Speaker of the House of the same name).
^The Italian Baseball Hall of Fame was established by the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation in 2005. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26. See also Hall of Fame and Virtual MuseumArchived 2014-06-25 at the Wayback Machine (in Italian). Italian Baseball and Softball Federation website. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
^From 1969 to 2000, the All-Japan champion represented Japan in the Far East Region tournament, which began in 1969 with six nations. From 2001 to 2006, the All-Japan champion represented Japan in the Asia Region tournament. In 2007, the Japan Region was created, giving the All-Japan champion an automatic berth in the international bracket of the Little League World Series.
^The Dutch Baseball Hall of Fame was established in 1983. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26. See also: MuseumArchived 2014-07-07 at the Wayback Machine (in Dutch). Dutch Baseball and Softball Museum website. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
^Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame (Salón de la Fama del Béisbol Puertorriqueño, in Spanish). Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
^The Hall of Fame and Virtual Museum of the Royal Spanish Federation of Baseball and Softball was established in 2007. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-06-22. See also: Hall of FameArchived 2014-06-25 at the Wayback Machine(in Spanish). Salón de la Fama y al Museo Virtual de la Real Federación Española de Béisbol y Sófbol website. Retrieved 2014-06-22.
^ abcdefghijkFor a list of MLB's awards, go to the MLB.com awards page. Under "All-time winners," click on the drop-down menu, which lists all of MLB's current and discontinued awards. When you click on an award, you will then see that award's list of winners. MLB Advanced Media, LP. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
^The World Series Trophy was first awarded in 1967. In 1985, it was re-named the Commissioner's Trophy. From 1970 to 1984, the "Commissioner's Trophy" was the name of the award given to the All-Star Game MVP.
^For the definition of "Most Valuable Player" that appears on the BBWAA ballot (including pitchers and designated hitters), go to Voting FAQ and scroll down.
^From 1956 to 1966, a combined Cy Young Award was given, for all of Major League Baseball. Since 1967, two awards have been given, to one pitcher in each league.
^ abcdefghijkThe Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award was discontinued in 2013. It apparently was dropped as an official MLB award after the 2006 season. Relief Man Award winners (1976-2006). Awards (The Official Site of MLB's Honors and Accolades). MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLB.com). Retrieved 2010-06-09. Established in 1976, it did not appear on the MLB.com awards page for the 2010 season. 2010 Awards. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-08-21. The MLB Delivery Man of the Year Award (initially sponsored by DHL) was first given in 2005, but was replaced in 2014 by the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year and Trevor Hoffman National League Reliever of the Year awards. In 1960, The Sporting News established its Fireman of the Year Award, to recognize the best closer from each league. In 2001, the award was broadened to include all relievers and was re-named The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award (but was discontinued in 2011). In 2002, MLB began its This Year in Baseball Awards (later the GIBBY Awards and then the Esurance MLB Awards) (for all of MLB, not for each league), including Pitcher of the Year and Setup Man of the Year (becoming "Best Setup Man" in 2014). In 2004, a Closer of the Year category was added (becoming "Best Closer" in 2014) and "Pitcher of the Year" was re-named "Starting Pitcher of the Year" (becoming "Best Starting Pitcher" in 2014). In 2015, the Closer and Setup Man awards were dropped. In 2016, "Best Starting Pitcher" was renamed "Best Pitcher." In 2013, Sporting News began awarding its Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award (first awarded in 1944) to two pitchers in each league -- a starting pitcher and a relief pitcher -- instead of one pitcher in each league. In or about 2000, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum began its Hilton Smith Legacy Award for "Relievers of the Year".
^Originally an unofficial major-league baseball award given by the Chicago chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), from 1940 to 1946, the Rookie of the Year Award was known as the J. Louis Comiskey Memorial Award (after the Chicago White Sox owner of the 1930s). In 1947, the award became an official MLB award, with Jackie Robinson as its first recipient. In July 1987, the award was re-named the Jackie Robinson Award. In 1947 and 1948, a combined award was given, for all of Major League Baseball. Since 1949, two awards have been given, to the best first-year player in each league.
^Beginning in 2011, the Platinum Glove is a fan-voted award, conferred annually to single out the top-fielding player from all Gold Glove winners in each league. "Platinum Glove Award". BaseballAlmanac. March 25, 2013. Retrieved .
^For the inaugural year (1957), only one Gold Glove was awarded at each position in Major League Baseball. Beginning in 1958, separate awards have been given for the National and American leagues.
^For the first two years (2012 and 2013), the award was given to the best defensive player in each league.
^For the first two years (2012 and 2013), the award was given to one player on each MLB team, regardless of position.
^The MLB Clutch Performer of the Year Award was first awarded in 2007. 2007 Awards. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2010-06-09. See also: 2008 Awards. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 2009 Awards (MLB.com/News/Awards/2009 Awards). MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 2010 MLB Clutch Performer of the Year. MLB. Retrieved 2011-01-03.
^Go toMajor League Baseball All-Star Game, scroll to the bottom, open the "MLB All-Star Game" navigation box, and click on a particular year, which will take you to that year's All-Star Game page and that year's All-Stars.
^Go to2010 MLB Clutch Performer of the Year, scroll down to "Archives" and click on "2007" (or a subsequent year) for that year's monthly Clutch Performers. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLB.com). Retrieved 2010-06-09.
^ abcdThe "Players Choice Awards," Sporting News, Baseball America, and ESPY player-of-the-year awards include all positions (in both leagues, combined). Baseball America and the ESPYs do not have a Pitcher of the Year award. The Players Choice Awards also have Outstanding Player and Outstanding Pitcher awards in each league. Sporting News also has a Pitcher of the Year award in each league. From 1969 to 1993, the Baseball Digest player-of-the-year award included all positions (in both leagues, combined); in 1994, it added a separate Pitcher of the Year award (for both leagues, combined).
^The MiLB J.G. Taylor Spink Award should not be confused with the identically named J. G. Taylor Spink Award that is the highest award given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) to its members.
^"Baseball: Hawks Field at Haymarket Park". Nebraska Huskers. Retrieved . Hawks Field at Haymarket Park ... won the Baseball Field of the Year Award in the College/University division by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) for the second time.
^See:Aflac#Awards. "2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic Rosters Announced". Satellite Television. July 28, 2011. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved . Perfect Game All-American Classic alumni have had a significant presence in Major League Baseball's first-year player drafts. Since ... 2003, 98 alumni have been selected in the first round .... The game has also produced over 40 players that are currently on a [major-league] roster. A record 18 Perfect Game All-Americans were taken in the first round of the 2011 draft .... The Perfect Game All-American Classic is considered the nation's marquee prep event.
^ abcdAbout Dixie. Dixie Boys Baseball official website. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
^ abcdMajors teams are ages 12 and under; AAA teams are 10U; AA teams are 8U; "A" teams are 6U. Majors fields are 60 feet; "O" Zone fields are 70 feet. Application for FranchiseArchived 2012-03-30 at the Wayback Machine. Dixie Youth Baseball, Inc. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
^The Senior League World Series does not have a U.S. national champion. The host team, the five U.S. regional champions, and the four international regional champions are combined into two mixed pools.
^For an overview of Little League's tournament process, go toJapanese Regional Little League Tournament Historical Resultsand click on "LL Tournament Process Overview" (at the bottom of the left-hand margin), for "The Little League Baseball International Tournament." Unpage Publications. March 27, 2008. Retrieved on 2016-12-30.