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Curtis Granderson wins man of year award

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by George Sipple, Detroit Free Press

curtisgrandersonTigers centerfielder Curtis Granderson has won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

ESPN Radio’s “Mike & Mike in the Morning” show made the announcement Friday that Granderson had received the honor and that St. Louis’ Albert Pujols was named player of the year.

Awards were presented by the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Granderson talked on ESPN Radio after the announcement.

“The fact that other teammates and other players throughout the league have acknowledged that as well has definitely been a great thing, too,” he said.

The award, named after the founding executive director of the MLBPA, goes to the player whose performance on and off the field most inspires others.

Granderson established the Grand Kids Foundation last year to help improve education and youth baseball opportunities for city youth.

He recently released a children’s book, “All You Can Be: Dream It, Draw It, Become It!” He’s also an active member of the Action Team national youth volunteer program.

“I am excited at being able to continue to help enhance the educational experience for many of Michigan’s students,” Granderson said in a statement released by the Tigers. “I want to help others realize that they do not have to be rich and famous to make a positive impact in their community. Volunteering just 1 hour a week at any community organization or school can make a difference.”

Granderson, 28, hit a career-high 30 home runs this past season — his sixth with the Tigers.

Other finalists for man of the year were Torii Hunter of the Angels and Pujols. Pujols beat out Prince Fielder of the Brewers and Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins for the top player award.

The Major League Baseball Players Trust will donate $50,000 each on behalf of Granderson and Pujols to charities of their choice.

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