Larry Doby Award

The Futures Game Most Valuable Player

The Larry Doby Award is presented annually to the most valuable player in the annual futures game. From 1999 through 2002, the award was originally called the Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award.

The All-Star Futures Game is an annual exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball. The event started in 1999, and featured a team of Minor League Baseball prospects from the United States. versus a team of prospects from other countries in the world.

The Future Games is played during All-Star week, usually two days before the Midsummer Classic is played, in the same ballpark. The original idea for the exhibition game was conceived by the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations (MLB), Jimmie Lee Solomon, who wanted to create an event that rounded out All-Star week, and featured the best players in the minors.

In 2019, the format changed from the U.S. versus the World to American League versus National League players based soley on the player's Minor League team and their parent organization.

Listed below in chronological order are players who won the Futures Games Most Valuable Player Award (1991-2001) and Larry Doby Award (2002-2019).

" Green got all of it, hitting it to straightaway center field, where he thought he had a home run. But thanks to the big wall at Chase Field, it landed just below the home run line and he had to stop at second. 'I thought it was gone,' Green said. 'I didn't know it was a 15-foot-high wall. I thought it was a normal wall. I even heard from people in the stands when I got to second base, telling me to hit the weight room. The shortstop [ Jurickson Profar ] was cracking up behind me. It's all fun and games. That wall's huge. They need to lower that thing, make me feel good about myself.'" - Sportswriter Jonathan Mayo on MLB.com (07/10/2011, 'A's Green wins XM Futures Game MVP Award', Source )

Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award

In Chronological Order

Futures Game MVP
Futures Game Details

Year

MVP Name (Quantity)
Position
Organization
Winner
Score

Ballpark

1999
SS
New York Yankees
World
7–0
Fenway Park
2000
3B
San Diego Padres
U.S.
3–2
Turner Field
2001
C
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
U.S.
5–1
Safeco Field
Larry Doby Award

In Chronological Order

2002
SS
New York Mets
World
5 – 1
Miller Park
2003
OF
Cleveland Indians
U.S.
3 – 2
U.S. Cellular Field

2004

SS
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
U.S.
4 – 3

Minute Maid Park

2005

1B

Kansas City Royals

World
4 – 0

Comerica Park

2006

OF
Kansas City Royals
U.S.
8 – 5

PNC Park

2007

SS
Los Angeles Dodgers
World
7 – 2

AT&T Park

2008

OF
Boston Red Sox
World
3 – 0

Yankee Stadium

2009

OF
Minnesota Twins
World
7 – 5

Busch Stadium

2010
C
Los Angeles Angels
U.S.
9 – 1
Angel Stadium
2011
C
Oakland Athletics
U.S.
6 – 4
Chase Field
2012
DH
Detroit Tigers
U.S.
1 – 5
Kauffman Stadium
2013
3B
Arizona Diamondbacks
U.S.
4 – 2
Citi Field
2014
3B
Texas Rangers
U.S.
3 – 2
Target Field
2015
C
Chicago Cubs
U.S.
10 – 1
Great American Ball Park
2016
3B
Boston Red Sox
World
11 – 3
Petco Park
2017
Brent Honeywell (1)
RHP
Tampa Bay Rays
U.S.
7 – 6
Marlins Park
2018
Taylor Trammell (1)
OF
Cincinnati Reds
U.S.
10 – 6
Nationals Park
2019
Sam Huff (1)
1B
Texas Rangers
A.L.
2 – 2
Progessive Field

2020

Not Yet Announced (07-20)

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MVP Name (Quantity)

Position
Organization
Winner
Score

Ballpark

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A Larry Doby Award winning player, whose name appears on the chart in gray , has not yet made it to the Major League level.
The first Futures Game MVP Award winner was Alfonso Soriano - he hit two home runs and drove in five runs during the 1999 Futures Game - who was widely considered the best shortstop in the minor leagues. Standing in his way to the majors was an All-Star shortstop, but Soriano had confidence as illustrated by these USA Today comments, "I know Derek Jeter is there, and I might have to play second base. I think I can be a superstar."
Did you know that the following Futures Game MVPs - Alfonso Soriano (1999), Jose Reyes (2002), Grady Sizemore (2003), Aaron Hill (2004), Billy Butler (2006), Joey Gallo (2014), Kyle Schwarber (2015) - went on to not only play in the majors, but also played in a Major League Baseball All-Star Game ?
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