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05/02/2011 4:21 PM ET
Austin Jackson and Brandon Inge presented Players Choice Awards
In their honor the Players Trust will contribute $70,000 to charitable causes

NEW YORK -- In a pregame ceremony prior to this evening’s game, Detroit Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson and infielder Brandon Inge will receive prestigious 2010 Players Choice Awards from teammate Max Scherzer -- a member of the Major League Baseball Players Association’s Executive Board. Scherzer will be representing his Major League peers when he presents Jackson with the AL Outstanding Rookie award and Inge the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award.

Last season, Jackson led all Major League rookies in hits (181), runs (103) and stolen bases (27), while finishing second among rookies in total bases (247), doubles (34) and games played (151-tie).

Inge captured the Marvin Miller Man of the Year award, named for the founding executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association and awarded to the player whose on-field and off-field performances most inspire others to higher levels of achievement, for his work with C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., and other causes.

In recognition of Jackson’s outstanding performance, the Major League Baseball Players Trust will make a $20,000 contribution to the charity of his choice. On Inge’s behalf, the Players Trust made a $50,000 contribution to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Since 1992, the Players Trust has contributed close to $3 million to 180 different charities around the world in honor of Players Choice Award winners.

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 administers the Action Team, a national youth volunteer program currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in more than 160 high schools in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust.

The Players Choice Awards winners (Outstanding Pitchers, Rookies, Comeback Players, Player of the Year and the Marvin Miller Man of the Year) were selected by secret ballot of all Major League baseball players, under the supervision of accounting firm KPMG.

Please visit http://mlbplayers.mlb.com/pa/programs/choice_winners.jsp for a complete list of previous Players Choice Awards winners.

2010 Players Choice Awards finalists (winners in bold, underlined)

American League:

Outstanding Player: Jose Bautista (Toronto), Miguel Cabrera (Detroit), Josh Hamilton (Texas)
Outstanding Pitcher: Felix Hernandez (Seattle), David Price (Tampa Bay), CC Sabathia (NY Yankees)
Outstanding Rookie: Wade Davis (Tampa Bay), Neftali Feliz (Texas), Austin Jackson (Detroit)
Comeback Player: Freddy Garcia (Chicago White Sox), Vladimir Guerrero (Texas), Francisco Liriano (Minnesota)

National League:

Outstanding Player: Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado), Albert Pujols (St. Louis), Joey Votto (Cincinnati)
Outstanding Pitcher: Roy Halladay (Philadelphia), Ubaldo Jimenez (Colorado), Adam Wainwright (St. Louis)
Outstanding Rookie: Jaime Garcia (St. Louis), Jason Heyward (Atlanta), Buster Posey (San Francisco)
Comeback Player: R.A. Dickey (NY Mets), Tim Hudson (Atlanta), Aubrey Huff (San Francisco)

Either league:

Player of Year: Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado), Josh Hamilton (Texas), Joey Votto (Cincinnati)
Man of the Year: Torii Hunter (LA Angels of Anaheim), Brandon Inge (Detroit), Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado)

The Major League Baseball Players Association (www.MLBPLAYERS.com) is the collective bargaining representative for all professional baseball players of the thirty Major League Baseball teams and serves as the exclusive group licensing agent for commercial and licensing activities involving active Major League baseball players. On behalf of its members, it operates the Players Choice licensing program and Players Choice Awards, which benefit the needy through the Major League Baseball Players Trust, a charitable foundation established and run entirely by Major League baseball players. Please visit the Players Trust Channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/MLBPlayersTrust.