Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor has been named the 2022 Marvin Miller Man of the Year by his teammates. One of the MLBPA Players’ Choice Awards, it is given annually to the player who has excelled on the field and in the community and is voted on by other players. Marcus Sieman of the Texas Rangers and Brent Suter of the Milwaukee Brewers were the other two nominees.
Lindor has long been active as Cleveland’s representative with the MLBPA, and he is currently the Alternate Association Player’s Representative with the Mets. The Puerto Rican is only the third Latin American player to serve on the union’s executive subcommittee, following Carlos Villanueva and Elvis Andres.
In his second season with the Mets, he became a valued clubhouse leader, helping guide the team to a successful 101-win season. Clubhouse culture is important to Lindor as the Mets continue to build under new owner Steve Cohen, and the 28-year-old shortstop’s nickname “Mr. Smile” has been influential in helping to foster positive change.
Lindor was one of the most valuable players on the field that season posting a 6.8 fWAR, sixth best in baseball and fifth best in the National League. He missed just one game this season and slashed .270/.339/.449 with a .788 OPS and 26 home runs. In the second half of the season, he was particularly impressive, hitting .299 with an .830 OPS.
Off the field, Lindor has been active in helping with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. When the island that many MLB players call home was hit by Hurricane Fiona in September, the Amazin’ Mets Foundation partnered with Team Rubicon and the Global Empowerment Mission to help with relief efforts. Lindor donated $50,000 to Team Rubicon and Mets owner and president of the Amazin’ Mets Foundation, Alex Cohen, pledged to match the donation through the foundation.
Lindor has long been involved in youth mentoring through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs and her former school, Montvert Academy in Montvert, Florida. Last year, and in 2021 he donated $1 million to Monteverde Academy in Florida and established the Francisco Lindor Scholarship Fund.
The award has been presented annually since 1997 and Lindor is the second Mets player to win, with retired outfielder Curtis Granderson winning the first of his three Marvin Miller Man of the Year awards in 2016.
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