Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez has been selected baseball's Player of the Year in a vote by members of the Players' Association. Rodriguez led the majors with 57 homers and 142 RBI's for the last place Rangers this season. He also received the American League Outstanding Player Award for the second straight season and the fourth since 1996.
San Francisco's Barry Bonds was voted the NL's top player. Bonds led the league with a .370 average, hit 49 homers, and set a major league record with 198 walks. Oakland's Barry Zito was the AL's outstanding pitcher. Arizona's Curt Schilling took the NL honors. Atlanta closer John Smoltz was given the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, which goes to a player whose performance and contributions to his community inspire others.