Rangers' Young named Man of the Year
Shortstop honored for work on the field and in the community
Michael Young, who coupled tireless community activity with another All-Star season, was selected by his peers as the 2008 Marvin Miller Man of the Year in Players Choice Awards balloting.
The Marvin Miller Man of the Year is named for the founding director of the Major League Baseball Players Association and awarded to the player whose on- and off-the-field performance most inspires others to higher levels of achievement.
Young, 31, serves as an ambassador for Wipe Out Kids Cancer, an organization that raises funds to eradicate pediatric cancer by funding innovative research, education and treatment. He is also a member of the Major League Baseball Players Trust's Action Team, helping to inspire and train high school students to become volunteers in their community.
"I feel blessed with my career, my life," Young told Yahoo! Sports in the awards announcement on Friday. "My wife and I have a son of our own and we're just at the point where we want to do anything we can to give back.
"That's where we get the most enjoyment -- the families we get to meet, the people we get to meet on an everyday basis by being active in the community is something we get a great deal of joy from."
On the field, Young batted .284 with 12 home runs and 84 RBIs as the shortstop and leader of the Texas Rangers.
The Players Choice Awards are selected by the players themselves in balloting conducted in September under the supervision of the accounting firm KPMG. The 2008 Players Choice Awards were presented by Playstation® with additional support from The Topps Company and The Upper Deck Company. Players are invariably gratified to be honored by their peers.
The Marvin Miller Man of the Year, along with the Player of the Year award, which was won by Albert Pujols, are voted on by players in both leagues.
Earlier this week, Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum were named Players Choice Awards recipients as their leagues' Outstanding Pitcher, Josh Hamilton and Pujols were named their leagues' Outstanding Player, Evan Longoria and Geovany Soto were named their leagues' Outstanding Rookie, and Lee and Fernando Tatis were named their leagues' Outstanding Comeback Player.
Each 2008 Players Choice Award winner recommends the charity of his choice to receive a grant from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. Since 1992, the Players Trust has contributed more than $3.25 million dollars to charities around the world in honor of Players Choice Award winners.
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