NEW YORK -- In a pre-game ceremony this evening, Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, will be honored as the 2007 Player of the Year and AL Outstanding Player. Selected in a secret ballot of all Major League baseball players, Alex will receive the Players Choice Awards for a stellar offensive season in which he became the youngest player in Major League history to reach the 500 home run plateau. Alexs teammates, LaTroy Hawkins, a member of the MLBPAs Executive Board and a Players Trust Representative, and Ross Ohlendorf, will represent their Major League peers in presenting Alex with these awards.
Alex has accumulated a record eight Players Choice Awards in his career, including recognition as 2002 Player of the Year. His 2007 dominance at the plate helped keep the Yankees within reach of the playoffs, by leading the Majors in home runs (54), RBI (156), runs scored (143) and slugging percentage (.645).
In Alexs honor, the Major League Baseball Players Trust will award a $70,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Miami, home of the Alex Rodriguez Education Center, which houses a computer laboratory, classrooms and a teen center. 2007 Players Choice Award winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Players Trust. Since 1992, the Players Trust has recognized the outstanding on-field and off-field performances of Players Choice Awards winners by contributing over $3 million to charities around the world.
Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer program currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com.