Major League Baseball's hardware week came to a close Friday night with the Esurance Awards as players across the league were celebrated for their achievements throughout the 2017 season. But unlike the Rookie of the Year, MVP and the Cy Young Awards, the Esurance Awards weren't voted on by the 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Rather, fans, members of the media, front-office personnel, retired MLB players and members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) comprised a comprehensive voting panel. Each group's vote accounted for 20 percent of the final voting tallies in each category, with postseason performance taken into account. Here's a rundown of the evening's winners. Best Major Leaguer: Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros Best Pitcher: Corey Kluber, RHP, Cleveland Indians Best Major Leaguer, Postseason: Jose Altuve; and Justin Verlander, RHP, Houston Astros Best Rookie: Aaron Judge, RF, New York Yankees Best Manager: A.J. Hinch, Houston Astros Best Defensive Player: Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies Best Executive: Jeff Luhnow, General Manager, Houston Astros Best Postseason Moment: Alex Bregman ends epic World Series Game 5 with walk-off single Best Call, TV/Radio: Joe Buck and John Smoltz on Altuve's World Series Game 5 home run Personality of the Year: Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers Best Play, Offense: Nolan Arenado's walk-off home run completes cycle vs. San Francisco Giants Best Play, Defense: Austin Jackson's over-the-wall grab vs. Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park Best Performance: Anthony Rendon's six-hit, 10-RBI game vs. New York Mets on April 30 Best Fan Catch: Astros fan throws Yasiel Puig's World Series home run back onto field Best Player-Fan Interaction: Joey Votto gives game-used bat to six-year-old Walter Herbert Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was named the 2017 American League MVP on Thursday, and he added to his trophy case Friday by snagging Best Major Leaguer honors.
Jose Altuve and Corey Kluber head list of Esurance MLB Award winners
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