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Willie Mac Award

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Willie McCovey (44), for whom the award was named.
Willie McCovey (44), for whom the award was named.

The Willie Mac Award is named in honor of Willie McCovey. It has been presented annually since 1980 to the most inspirational player on the San Francisco Giants, as voted upon by Giants players, coaches, training staff, and more recently, Giants fans.[1][2] McCovey personally presented the winner with the award in a pregame ceremony at AT&T Park near the conclusion of each season until his death on October 31, 2018.

Winners

Year Player Position
1980 Jack Clark RF
1981 Larry Herndon LF
1982 Joe Morgan 2B
1983 Darrell Evans 1B
1984 Bob Brenly C
1985 Mike Krukow (1) P
1986 Mike Krukow (2) P
1987 Chris Speier 2B
1988 José Uribe SS
1989 Dave Dravecky P
1990 Steve Bedrosian P
1991 Robby Thompson 2B
1992 Mike Felder CF
1993 Kirt Manwaring C
1994 (not awarded due to strike)
1995 Mark Leiter P
Mark Carreon 1B
1996 Shawon Dunston SS
1997 J. T. Snow (1) 1B
1998 Jeff Kent 2B
1999 Marvin Benard CF
2000 Ellis Burks RF[3]
2001 Mark Gardner P[4]
Benito Santiago C[4]
2002 David Bell 3B
2003 Marquis Grissom CF
2004 J. T. Snow (2) 1B
2005 Mike Matheny C[5]
2006 Omar Vizquel SS
2007 Bengie Molina (1) C[6]
2008 Bengie Molina (2) C[7]
2009 Matt Cain P[8]
2010 Andrés Torres CF[9]
2011 Ryan Vogelsong P[10]
2012 Buster Posey C[11]
2013 Hunter Pence RF[12]
2014 Madison Bumgarner P[13]
2015 Matt Duffy 3B[14]
2016 Javier López P[15]
Brandon Crawford SS[15]
2017 Nick Hundley C[16]
2018 Will Smith P[17]

Plaques with the names of each winner are placed in the ground surrounding the statue of Willie McCovey on the southern shore of China Basin, unofficially known as McCovey Cove.

Matt Duffy was the first rookie winner of the award.

Similar MLB awards involving Giants players

The Hutch Award is for the "active player who best exemplifies the fighting spirit and competitive desire to win". Only Omar Vizquel and Dave Dravecky have won both the Willie Mac Award and the Hutch Award, although Willie McCovey won the Hutch Award in 1977.

Vizquel was a finalist in 2007 for the MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award, which honors the player who "best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game".

See also

References

  1. ^ Willie Mac Award [1] sfgiants.com
  2. ^ "Ryan Vogelsong selected 2011 "Willie Mac" Award winner" (Press release). SFGiants.com. September 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Schulman, Henry (September 22, 2000). Honors Burks With Willie Mac Award. sfgate.com.
  4. ^ a b Schulman, Henry (October 6, 2001). Gardner, Santiago share 2001 Willie Mac Award. sfgate.com
  5. ^ Draper, Rich (September 30, 2005). Matheny wins Willie Mac Award. sfgiants.com.
  6. ^ Regan, Becky (September 21, 2007). Molina wins 'Willie Mac' Award. sfgiants.com.
  7. ^ Haft, Chris (September 26, 2008). Molina repeats as 'Willie Mac' winner. sfgiants.com.
  8. ^ Haft, Chris (September 25, 2009). Cain wins Giants' Willie Mac Award. sfgiants.com.
  9. ^ "Andres Torres selected 2010 'Willie Mac' Award winner | SFGiants.com: Official Info". Sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com. June 19, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  10. ^ Haft, Chris (September 10, 2011). "Vogelsong voted Willie Mac Award winner". MLB.com.
  11. ^ "Buster Posey is Giants' Willie Mac Award winner". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  12. ^ "Hunter Pence named 2013 "Willie Mac" Award winner". San Francisco Giants. MLB. September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  13. ^ "Bumgarner wins Willie Mac Award". AP. September 26, 2014.
  14. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (October 2, 2015). "Rookie Matt Duffy wins 2015 Willie Mac Award". CSN Bay Area. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  15. ^ a b Baggarly, Andrew (September 30, 2016). "A tie for Willie Mac Award: Giants split honor between Brandon Crawford, Javier Lopez". Bay Area News Group.
  16. ^ "Giants Catcher Nick Hundley Wins Prestigious Willie Mac Award". nbcbayarea.com. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "Giants' Willie Mac Award surprise: Reliever Will Smith". sfchronicle.com. September 29, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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