Delivery Man of the Year Award
The Delivery Man of the Year Award was officially announced on May 4, 2005. Major League Baseball and DHL introduced the first winner of a new, officially-sanctioned Major League Baseball award recognizing the most outstanding relief pitcher for each month of the regular season. The "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award" is one of two new MLB-sanctioned, DHL-sponsored awards, part of a sponsorship agreement announced in March between Major League Baseball (MLB), Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) and
DHL, the world's leading express delivery and logistics company. DHL is the "Official Express Delivery and Logistics Provider" of both Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Advanced Media.
Each "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award" winner will be selected by a special Major League Baseball "yellow-ribbon" panel that includes Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley; Jerome Holtzman, Official MLB Historian and a member of the Writer's Wing of the Hall of Fame; Rick Sutcliffe, 1984 NL Cy Young Award winner, ESPN and MLB International broadcaster; and Bob Watson, Vice President, On-Field Operations, Major League Baseball.
Throughout the season, this "yellow-ribbon" panel will select the relief pitcher who gave that month's most dominant performance for his respective Major League Baseball Club. As part of the award, DHL will donate $1,500 to a local chapter of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the official charity of Major League Baseball, in the name of each winning pitcher. In addition, the announcement of the monthly winner will be supported by an advertisement in USA Today.
"Each recipient of the 'DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award' will have to perform brilliantly at key moments over long stretches of the season," said Dennis Eckersley, one of the most dominant closers in MLB history. In addition to his role on the "yellow-ribbon" panel, Eckersley will serve as DHL's expert commentator for the award announcements, providing his insights on the winning "Delivery Man" performances to various DHL audiences
and venues. "I am honored to play a part in an award that will recognize relief pitchers throughout the league that are called upon to deliver in the clutch," added Eckersley.
At the conclusion of the season, Major League Baseball fans will have the opportunity to determine which relief pitcher had the best overall season through the "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year Award." A list of finalists will be selected based on statistical qualifiers and fans will be able to vote for the winner online at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball. The "DHL Presents the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Year
Award" will be presented during the Major League Baseball postseason.
NOTES: Names appear in alphabetical order. All finalists from 2005-2008 are listed because voting was conducted online and all finalists were known. Those from 2009 are not made public. Names which appear in bold print were the actual recipient of the Delivery Man of the Year Award. Due to the honor alone, finalists have this included on their awards tab as well.
Source: Major League Baseball (May 2, 2005 Press Release)