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Rays' Wil Myers named AL's top rookie for 2013

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Myers hit .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in his first season with the Rays. Myers hit .293 with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs in his first season with the Rays.
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Major League baseball players Monday night announced the winners of their highest honors – the Players Choice Awards – in which the players themselves recognize their peers’ most outstanding and inspiring performances.

The winners were announced on MLB Network during an exclusive telecast of the 2013 Players Choice Awards Presented by PlayStation and benefitting the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

Among the winners announced Monday was Tampa Bay Rays outfielder, Wil Myers. The 22-year-old slugger was named American League Outstanding Rookie by posting a .293 batting average with 13 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Myers was acquired by the Rays during the offseason in a trade with the Kansas City Royals. He began the year in the minors but was promoted to the majors on June 17th. His contributions played a big role in Tampa Bay’s playoff run.

The National League’s Outstanding Rookie also has ties to Tampa Bay. Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez attended Alonso High School, leading the team to a pair of state championships. He was drafted by the Marlins in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft.

In 2013 - Fernandez’s first year with the Marlins - he managed to establish himself as one of the brightest young stars on the ball club. The Santa Clara, Cuba product finished with a 12-6 record, a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts - the highest total amongst rookie pitchers.

For the second consecutive year, All-Star third baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was chosen by his peers as the Player of the Year and American League Outstanding Player. Once again, Miguel compiled one of the most impressive seasons in Major League Baseball history by leading the American League in batting average and finishing second to Chris Davis of the Orioles in home runs and RBIs.

Miguel batted .348 with 44 home runs and 137 RBIs, and his success at the plate helped propel the Detroit Tigers to the American League Central Division title.

Recently retired All-Star pitcher Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was recognized for his outstanding character and charitable work by receiving the 2013 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award as well as American League Comeback Player. Named after 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 43-year-old legendary reliever finished the 2013 season with 44 saves, a 2.11 ERA and 54 strikeouts after being limited to just nine games in 2012 because of an injured right knee. In addition to his contributions on the diamond, Mariano has had a remarkable impact off the field.

Through the work of the Mariano Rivera Foundation, Mariano lends his support to children from impoverished families by providing them with an education that will prepare them for the future. The organization’s main goal is sending young people to college; however, in the last few years, the Foundation has developed programs for elementary school age children.

The Foundation is currently renovating a “Family Center” in the city of New Rochelle, New York.

For the second year in a row, standout center fielder Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates was named National League Outstanding Player. Andrew’s accomplishment can be attributed to his success in all phases of the game. At the plate, Andrew attained an impressive .317 batting average, with 84 RBIs, 185 hits, 21 home runs and .404 OBP.

The American League Outstanding Pitcher is Detroit Tigers All-Star, Max Scherzer. During the 2013 season, Max led all Major League pitchers with 21 wins and a .875 winning percentage. Along the way, Max picked up 240 strikeouts and posted a 2.90 ERA.

Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Clayton Kershaw is the recipient of this year’s National League Outstanding Pitcher award.

The left-hander finished with a 16-9 record and a Major League-leading 1.83 ERA. He tallied a total of 232 strikeouts ranking 3rd in Majors and ranked 9th in wins. Kershaw’s success on the hill helped launch the Dodgers to a stellar post-season run.

Francisco Liriano of the Pittsburgh Pirates was named the National League Comeback Player, after winning a career-high 16 games against just 8 losses to go along with an impressive 3.02 ERA.. The 29 year-old All-Star pitcher’s performance helped keep the up and coming Pirates in contention the whole season.

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