Chipper, Pujols up for Miller Award

St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols (left) and Atlanta's Chipper Jones (right) are among the six...

St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols (left) and Atlanta's Chipper Jones (right) are among the six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award. (REUTERS)

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NEW YORK -- Atlanta's Chipper Jones and St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols are among the six finalists for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

The award is named for the founding executive director of the MLB Players Association and is bestowed upon the player "whose on-field and off-field performance most inspires others to higher levels of achievement by displaying as much passion to give back to others as he shows between the lines on the baseball diamond."

Jones and Pujols are joined as finalists by Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge, Angels outfielder Torii Hunter and Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Jones has long been a supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and serves as the chair of the Georgia chapter's 65 Roses Sports Committee and the "Bridges to a Cure" campaign, and hosts children with cystic fibrosis at Turner Field. In addition, the Chipper Jones Family Foundation supports the Boys & Girls Club, the Florida and Georgia Sheriff's Youth Ranches and Homes, the Atlanta Braves Community Affairs program and local Little League programs.

Pujols, who won the Marvin Miller Award in 2006, and his wife Deidre are the founders of the Pujols Family Foundation, which is dedicated to the love, care and development of people with Down Syndrome and their families. Albert hosts an annual charity golf tournament as well as a live auction to raise money for the foundation. The Pujols family dedicates their time not only to those with Down Syndrome, but also to the impoverished children and orphans of the Dominican Republic by donating time and money to better the children's education.

Posada and his wife Laura created the Jorge Posada Foundation after their son was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a congenital birth defect characterized by the premature closure of the bones in the skull. Posada's signature Heroes for Hope gala, Cinco Anillos brand sangria and annual craniosynostosis 5K walk promote awareness, channel funding for medical centers and provide emotional support for families affected by the condition.

Inge is a champion for the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to donating $100,000, Inge frequently visits C.S. Mott and other local hospitals to form lasting bonds with children and their families as part of the Tigers Dreams Come True program. He often invites the children he's visited to watch Tigers games in his Comerica Park suite and wears special bracelets and wristbands on the field to show his support. Inge also serves as a spokesman for the MLB Father's Day program to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Hunter, the 2007 Marvin Miller Award winner, created the Torii Hunter Project, which partners with the Little League Urban Initiative to stop the disappearance of baseball diamonds from America's inner cities. Additionally, Hunter has devoted his time and contributed funds to support organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Athletes in Action.

Tulowitzki welcomes terminally ill children to batting practice sessions as part of the Rockies Care and Share program and is a national spokesman for the Play Sun Smart program, where he promotes the importance of skin cancer prevention for the American Academy of Dermatology. This season the Coors Field fan favorite is growing a mullet as part of the Wins for Kids program and promoting "bad hair for a good cause" to encourage donations benefiting The Children's Hospital and the Special Olympics.

Curtis Granderson, then of the Detroit Tigers, was last year's winner.


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