Jones wins Miller Award
BALTIMORE— Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was honored Monday night as the recipient of the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award as part of the Players Choice Awards on MLB Network.
“I’m more than humbled by the players association,” said Jones, who will donate $50,000, as part of the award, to the Boys and Girls Club in his hometown San Diego. “An award like this isn’t something you go out to win, this shows we’re human outside of the game, and we try to impact where we can.”
Jones has also done extensive work with the Boys and Girls Club in Baltimore, helping to renovate several youth centers, and he’s holding the third annual #StayHungry Purple Tailgate before the Ravens-Seahawks game on Dec. 13 at M&T Bank Stadium.
“[I] wanted to start something help Baltimore, do something to raise awareness. All the money goes to Boys and Girls clubs of Baltimore,” Jones said. “It’s not just me giving back, but people of Baltimore giving back to their city and their youth.”
The Players Choice Awards are determined by fans, the players and the players association, with Jones beating out infielder Dee Gordon and White Sox closer David Robertson. The Marvin Miller Award goes to the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community most inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
Past Marvin Miller Man of the Year winners, named for the legendary MLBPA union leader, also include Mariano Rivera, Chipper Jones, Michael Young, Brandon Inge, Curtis Granderson, Torii Hunter, Albert Pujols, Jim Thome, John Smoltz, Mike Sweeney, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Eric Davis and Paul Molitor.