Baseball Awards

Major League Baseball Awards

Baseball awards, given to those people who make significant contributions or reach the highest levels of professionalism within the game of baseball, serve two purposes. Each annual baseball award represents the highest honor players, managers, and other professionals can receive to celebrate greatness. The baseball awards serve as baseball's time capsule—triggering memories within those who love the sport, allowing them to fondly remember the heroes who have made baseball our National Pastime.

Expanding much like the game of baseball itself, the number of baseball awards celebrating baseball accomplishments has grown exponentially over time. Where once only one baseball award chronicled the greatest achievements of the game's greatest players, now a multitude of baseball awards serve to note achievements of a growing baseball industry — from elements of game play in the majors, minors, and collegiate levels, to managers and general managers, and now to the members of the broadcasting, newsprint, and public relations fields.

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the most comprehensive selection of baseball awards found on the Internet. Each baseball award selection lists all of the recipients, a brief history of the award, other interesting facts, and — in some cases — detailed voting results for the award.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"The greatness of Ty Cobb was something that had to be seen, and to see him was to remember him forever." - Hall of Famer George Sisler in Ty Cobb (Charles C. Alexander, Oxford University Press, 05/16/1985, Page 3)

Baseball Awards

Baseball Awards, Past & Present, Given to Major League Players

Abby Greer Award (Team Award: Colorado Rockies )
2004 - 2019
Associated Press All-Star Award & Teams
1982 - 2000 / Discontinued in 2001
Associated Press Athlete of the Year Award
1931 - 2001 / Discontinued in 2001
Associated Press Manager of the Year Award
1959 - 2000 / Discontinued in 2001
Associated Press Player of the Year Award
1988 - 2000 / Discontinued in 2001
Babe Ruth Award
1949 - 2019
Beacon Awards
2007 - 2015 / Discontinued in 2016
Branch Rickey Award
1992 - 2014 / Discontinued in 2015
Bullpen of the Week Award
2016 - 2018 / Discontinued in 2019
Buster Posey Award (Formerly: Johnny Bench Award )
2000 - 2019
Catfish Hunter Award (Team Award: Oakland Athletics )
2004 - 2019
Chalmers Award (Early MVP Award Variation)
1911 - 1914 / Discontinued in 1915
Clint Hartung Award
1870 - 1990 / Discontinued in 2000
Closer of the Year Award ( GIBBYs )
2002 - 2014 / Renamed Esurance MLB Awards in 2015
Clutch Performer of the Month Award
2007 - 2010 / Discontinued in 2011
Clutch Performer of the Year Award
2007 - 2010 / Discontinued in 2011
Comeback Player of the Year Award (MLB.com)
2005 - 2019
Cy Young Award
1956 - 2019
Dallas Green Special Achievement Award (Team Award: Phillies )
2004 - 2014 / Discontinued in 2015
Darryl Kile Award
2003 - 2019
Delivery Man of the Month Award
2005 - 2013 / Discontinued in 2014
Delivery Man of the Year Award
2005 - 2014 / Discontinued in 2014
Dick Howser Trophy
1987 - 2019
Esurance MLB Awards
2015 - 2017 / Discontinued in 2018
Fishel Award
1981 - 2019
GIBBY Awards (Formerly: This Year in Baseball Awards )
2002 - 2014 / Renamed Esurance MLB Awards in 2015
Golden Tomahawk Award
1963 - 2002 / Discontinued in 2003
Hank Aaron Award
1999 - 2019
Hickok Belt
1950 - 1976 | 2012 - 2020
Hitter of the Year Award ( GIBBYs )
2002 - 2014 / Renamed Esurance MLB Awards in 2015
Hutch Award
1965 - 2019
Jack Graney Award
1987 - 2019
Jack Lang Award (Formerly: Slocum Award )
1930 - 2019
Jackie Jensen Spirit Award (Team Award: Boston Red Sox )
1990 - 2018 / Discontinued in 2019
James P. Dawson Award (Team Award: New York Yankees )
1956 - 2019
Jeff Conine Award (Team Award: Miami Marlins )
2008 - 2019
League Award (Early MVP Award Variation)
1922 - 1929 / Discontinued in 1930
Luis Gonzalez Award (Team Award: Arizona Diamondbacks )
2014 - 2019
Manager of the Year Award (BBWAA)
1983 - 2019
Michael Harrison Award (Team Award: Milwaukee Brewers )
1992 - 2011 / Discontinued in 2012
Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player Award (Team Award: Phillies )
2004 - 2014 / Discontinued in 2015
MLB MVP Award ( GIBBYs )
2012 - 2014 / Renamed Esurance MLB Awards in 2015
Moose Clausen Award (Team Award: Seattle Mariners )
2001 - 2019
Most Valuable Player Award (BBWAA)
1931 - 2019
Player of the Year Award ( GIBBYs )
2002 - 2014 / Renamed Esurance MLB Awards in 2015
Red Smith Award
1981 - 2019
Roger Clemens Award
2004 - 2008 / Discontinued in 2009
Rolaids Relief Man Award
1976 - 2012 / Discontinued in 2013
Roland Hemond Award
2001 - 2017 / Discontinued in 2018
Rookie of the Year Award ( GIBBYs )
2003 - 2014 / Renamed Esurance MLB Awards in 2015
Rotary Smith Award
1988 - 2003 / Discontinued in 2004
Silver Bat Award (Formerly the Bud Hillerich Award )
1949 - 2019
Sophomore of the Year Award
1953 - 1962 / Discontinued in 1963
Sporting News Fireman / Reliever of the Year Award
1960 - 2010 / Discontinued in 2011
Sporting News Most Valuable Player Award
1929 - 1945 / Discontinued in 1946
Sporting News Player of the Year Award
1944 - 1991 / Discontinued in 1992
Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award
1946 - 1962 & 2004 - 2019
Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher Award (Team Award: Phillies )
2004 - 2014 / Discontinued in 2015
Ted Williams Award
1997 - 2001 / Discontinued in 2002
Tiger of the Year Award (Team Award: Tigers )
1965 - 2019
Tip O'Neill Award
1984 - 2019
Tug McGraw True Pro Award (Team Award: Phillies )
2004 - 2014 / Discontinued in 2015
Warren Spahn Award
1999 - 2019
Wilbur Snypp Award
1975 - 2019
Willie Mac Award (Team Award: San Francisco Giants )
1980 - 2019
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baseball almanac fast facts

The first Chalmers Award (a predecessor to the Most Valuable Player Award) winner was to receive a Chalmers car. However, the receipient was Ty Cobb who already owned a Chalmers automobile.

The modern Most Valuable Player Award was first given at the end of the 1931 season. A pitcher won in the American League and a second baseman won in the National League. Do you remember who they were?

Did you know that at the end of the 1947 regular season, Jackie Robinson became the first Rookie of the Year award winner?

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