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09/14/2015 5:36 PM ET
Fans select finalists for 2015 Man of the Year

NEW YORK -- Thousands of baseball fans participated in an internet poll on MLBPLAYERS.com between Sept. 10-13 to determine which players inspire others to higher levels of achievement by their on-field performances and contributions to their communities.

From this list of 30 players, Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles) was tabbed to represent the AL East, Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers) and David Robertson (Chicago White Sox) -- TIE -- the AL Central, Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners) the AL West, Dee Gordon (Miami Marlins) the NL East, Skip Schumaker (Cincinnati Reds) the NL Central and Justin Turner (LA Dodgers) the NL West.

These seven players will have their names placed on the 2015 Players Choice Awards ballot to determine this season's Marvin Miller Man of the Year award winner. The 2015 Players Choice Awards ballots will be distributed to all Major League players on Wednesday, Sept. 16, when the accounting firm of KPMG conducts the league-wide, players-only voting.

The 2015 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. 2015 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust. The Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing more than $4 million to charities around the world.

The 2015 Players Choice Awards marks the 24th edition of the awards, which began in 1992 with AL & NL Outstanding Players (Dennis Eckersley and Barry Bonds, respectively.)

Clayton Kershaw was the recipient of the 2014 Man of the Year Award. Past winners of the award, named for the legendary baseball union leader, also include Mariano Rivera, Chipper Jones, Curtis Granderson, Torii Hunter, Albert Pujols, Mike Sweeney, Jim Thome, John Smoltz, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Eric Davis and Paul Molitor.

Also on Wednesday, players will cast their votes for the first "Always Game" award winner, presented by Majestic Athletic. "Always Game" will be presented to a player who, game in and game out, constantly exhibits grit, tenacity, perseverance and hustle; all for the benefit of his teammates and fans. The finalists for the "Always Game" award -- one representing each division and compiled by Majestic Athletic after consulting with a panel of baseball experts -- are Jose Altuve (AL West), Kris Bryant (NL Central), Joshn Donaldson (AL East), Alex Gordon (AL Central), Dee Gordon (NL East) and Zack Greinke (NL West).

The players below were nominated by their teammates for the 2015 Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, and each will receive a $2,500 grant from the Players Trust to be donated to the charity of his choice.

2015 Players Choice Marvin Miller Man of the Year Divisional Winners

American League East:

Adam Jones: In 2015, the center fielder hosted a clinic with the MLBPA for inner-city youth in West Baltimore following the unrest the city experienced this past spring. Adam provided hands-on instruction and encouragement to kids from James Mosher Little League. Adam has also participated in events to benefit the YMCA of Central Maryland, the Boys and Girls Club of Baltimore and Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities.

American League Central:

Miguel Cabrera: The Miguel Cabrera Foundation was founded on Miguel's belief that we can achieve great things when we work had, dream big and help others. His foundation focuses on two areas: revitalizing baseball fields in schools and neighborhoods where athletics can be used as a catalyst for student engagement and achievement, and providing academic scholarships for students seeking a college education.

David Robertson: David, along with his wife, Erin, founded High Socks for Hope after tornadoes devastated his hometown of Tuscaloosa in 2011. The mission is to lend support to charities and organizations helping those affected by tragedies and to provide humanitarian services for individuals in need. High Socks for Hope has also provided aid to those affected by the tornado in Moore, Okla., as well as individuals in New York who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

American League West:

Robinson Cano: Robinson founded the RC22 Foundation to impact the lives of underserved children and communities both locally and globally. The foundation has established and engaged in various initiatives that expand opportunities for improved outcomes in the areas of youth development and community healthcare including education, athletic programs, medical care, community goodwill and holiday programs. The RC22 Foundation has expanded its philanthropic footprint in Seattle through programs and partnerships focusing on education, health, fitness and wellness.

National League East:

Dee Gordon: While with the Dodgers, Dee assisted with the LA Fund for Public Education's School Fuel program to provide breakfast for more than 400,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In the offseason, Dee participated in a Fitbit Celebrity Challenge to raise awareness and money for cardiovascular health. Dee also supports the Belchman Foundation to raise money and awareness for Parkinson's disease.

National League Central:

Skip Schumaker: Schumaker hosted the first-ever Reds Fantasy Football Challenge. The event benefited Big League Impact, Jessie Rees Foundation, Reds Community Fund and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. What was supposed to be a one-time event has now turned into an annual event drawing overwhelming support and has included players on other teams to join the cause as well.

National League West:

Justin Turner: A regular participant of teammate Clayton Kershaw's Ping Pong 4 a Purpose, Justin is always eager to give back to his local community. This past August, he joined the Los Angeles Dream Center for their annual Back to School Bash in distributing 2,000 backpacks, each filled with supplies including pencils, paper, and notebooks to families from the Echo Park, Rampart District, Skid Row, Lincoln Heights, South Central and Watts neighborhoods.