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Kevin Pillar named 2019 'Willie Mac' Award winner

September 27, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar was selected as the winner of the 2019 "Willie Mac" Award, the club announced today. The Willie McCovey Award is an annual honor bestowed upon the most inspirational player on the team, as voted upon by Giants players, coaches, training staff,

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar was selected as the winner of the 2019 "Willie Mac" Award, the club announced today.

The Willie McCovey Award is an annual honor bestowed upon the most inspirational player on the team, as voted upon by Giants players, coaches, training staff, clubhouse staff and the fans. This season marks the 39th anniversary of the award, which was established in 1980, in honor of legend and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Engraved on the plaque that Pillar will receive are the words “Competitive Spirit, Ability and Leadership” to characterize the qualities both McCovey and Pillar exemplify.

Pillar’s career with the Giants began shortly after the regular season started when he was acquired in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in April. Since then, he’s played in 153 of the Giants’ 154 games and has had a career year, setting career-bests in home runs (21), extra-base hits (61), RBI (87) and runs scored (82). He leads the team in nearly every offensive category and is seeking to become the first player since 1920 to lead any MLB team in homers, RBI and stolen bases after playing for a different team at the start of the season.

A full list of the past Willie Mac Award winners is listed below.

Listed below are the “Willie Mac Award” winners:

1980 Jack Clark

1981 Larry Herndon

1982 Joe Morgan

1983 Darrell Evans

1984 Bob Brenly

1985 Mike Krukow

1986 Mike Krukow

1987 Chris Speier

1988 Jose Uribe

1989 Dave Dravecky

1990 Steve Bedrosian

1991 Robby Thompson

1992 Mike Felder

1993 Kirt Manwaring

1994 None

1995 Mark Leiter, Mark Carreon

1996 Shawon Dunston

1997 J.T. Snow

1998 Jeff Kent

1999 Marvin Benard

2000 Ellis Burks

2001 Mark Gardner, Benito Santiago

2002 David Bell

2003 Marquis Grissom

2004 J.T. Snow

2005 Mike Matheny

2006 Omar Vizquel

2007 Bengie Molina

2008 Bengie Molina

2009 Matt Cain

2010 Andres Torres

2011 Ryan Vogelsong

2012 Buster Posey

2013 Hunter Pence

2014 Madison Bumgarner

2015 Matt Duffy

2016 Brandon Crawford, Javier Lopez

2017 Nick Hundley

2018 Will Smith

2019 Kevin Pillar