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Past Futures Game MVPs

After a lengthy rain delay, the 2009 Futures Game got underway a couple hours ago.  (John Sickels waited out the delay and is still running an open thread at Minor League Ball.)

The Futures Game Most Valuable Player Award is named after Cleveland Indians Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first African-American player in the American League.  Larry Doby Award winners are listed below (MLB.com didn’t have a list, but they provided box scores for the 2001-08 games; the telecast noted Alfonso Soriano as the 1999 MVP; in the end, the BR.com Bullpen had the full list, under the “Larry Doby Award” title).  I’ve linked to each player’s Baseball-Reference.com page.

2008: Che-Hsuan Lin, Boston Red Sox
Greenville (A, South Atlantic): 5 HR, 37 RBI, 33 SB, .249 BA, .342/.359/.701

2007: Chin-Lung Hu, Los Angeles Dodgers
Jacksonville (AA, Southern)/Las Vegas (Pacific Coast): 14 HR, 62 RBI, .325 BA, .364/.507/.871

2006: Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals
Wichita (AA, Texas): 15 HR, 96 RBI, .331 BA, .388/.499/.887

2005: Justin Huber, Kansas City Royals
Wichita (AA, Texas)/Omaha (AAA, Pacific Coast): 23 HR, 97 RBI, .326 BA, .417/.560/.978

2004: Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays
New Hampshire (AA, Eastern): 11 HR, 80 RBI, .279 BA, .368/.410/.779

2003: Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians
Akron (AA, Eastern): 13 HR, 78 RBI, .304 BA, .373/.480/.853

2002: Jose Reyes, New York Mets
St. Lucie (A+, Florida State)/Binghamton (AA, Eastern): 8 HR, 62 RBI, 58 SB, .288 BA, .343/.444/.787

2001: Toby Hall, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Durham (AAA, International): 19 HR, 72 RBI, .335 BA, .385/.568/.953

2000: Sean Burroughs, San Diego Padres
Mobile (AA, Southern): 2 HR, 42 RBI, .291 BA, .383/.401/.783

1999: Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees
Yankees (Rookie, Gulf Coast)/Norwich (Eastern)/Columbus (International): 18 HR, 84 RBI, .281 BA, .337/.474/.811

Update: Rene Tosoni (Twins, AA, New Britain) took home the 2009 Larry Doby Award.  Tosoni pinch-hit an RBI double in the seventh to give the World team a 6-5 lead.  Dayan Viciedo drove him in for the final margin of victory.

2009 Futures Game Rosters

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Break begins on Monday, but the on-field festivities get underway at 2 PM on Sunday with the Futures Game.  The full rosters for the United States and World teams can be found here and here.

Participating players are listed below in alphabetical order, with rankings in the preseason and midseason Baseball America prospect rankings in parentheses.

United States

Pedro Alvarez (12), Madison Bumgarner (9/5), Chris Carter (76), Jason Castro (53/19), Kyle Drabek (–/24), Danny Duffy, Danny Espinosa, Tyler Flowers (99), Chris Heisey, Jason Heyward (5/1), Desmond Jennings (80/18), Daryl Jones, Casey Kelly, Mat Latos, Brad Lincoln, Brian Matusz (25/9), Jarrod Parker (29/12), Trevor Reckling, Scott Sizemore, Mike Stanton (16/2), Chris Tillman (22/8), Josh Vitters (51), Brett Wallace (40/21), Jemile Weeks, Eric Young

World

Pedro Baez, Manny Banuelos, Barbaro Canizares, Starlin Castro, Jhoulys Chacin (46), Luis Durango, Alcides Escobar (19/14), Neftali Feliz (10/13), Yohan Flande, Wilmer Flores (47), Tyson Gillies, Kyeong Kang, Brett Lawrie (81), Alex Liddi, Chia-Jen Lo, Jesus Montero (38/3), Luis Perez, Francisco Samuel, Carlos Santana (26/7), Leyson Septimo, J.C. Sulbaran, Junichi Tazawa, Rene Tosoni, Dayan Viciedo (61), Nick Weglarz (58)