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Granderson the players’ choice as AL Outstanding Player

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[2]Curtis Granderson has been named the Players Choice Award winner as the American League’s Outstanding Player. Justin Verlander was named the overall Player of the Year, but Granderson was recognized as the American League’s top hitter.

From a Players Association press release:

New York Yankee Curtis Granderson was honored as the American League Outstanding Player. With his 2011 offensive power surge, Granderson led all American League hitters with 119 RBIs and a Major League-best 136 runs scored, as well as placing second in home runs (41), third in triples (10) and fourth in extra-base hits (77).

Granderson is just the seventh Yankees slugger in history to score 130 runs and hit 40 home runs in a season, joining pinstriped legends Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris, as well as teammate Alex Rodriguez. The speedy All-Star was also solid in center field, posting a .992 fielding percentage and 11 outfield assists to lead the Yankees to the AL East crown.

The rest of the Players Choice Awards:

Player of the Year: Justin Verlander
Marvin Miller Man of the Year: Michael Young

American League
Player of the Year: Curtis Granderson
Pitcher of the Year: Justin Verlander
Outstanding Rookie: Mark Trumbo
Comeback Player: Jacoby Ellsbury

National League
Player of the Year: Matt Kemp
Pitcher of the Year: Clayton Kershaw
Outstanding Rookie: Craig Kimbrel
Comeback Player: Lance Berkman

Balloting for the Players Choice Awards was conducted in September, and winners in all categories will designate charities to receive grants totaling $260,000 from the Major League Baseball Players Trust.

Associated Press photo of Granderson in Taiwan