The Man of the Year is given annually to the player who is deemed most inspirational in a combination of his performance on the field and charitable work off the field.
"I'm honored to accept this award," Jones told braves.com. "I know it's not only for what you do on the field, but more importantly what you do off the field and the lives you affect off the field. You have a tremendous list of players who have won this award in the past and I am happy to be alongside them."
The Major League Baseball Players Trust will donate $50,000 to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Rally Foundation, Pediatric Cancer Foundation and The Miracle League on Jones' behalf.
Jones started the Chipper Jones Family Foundation in 2001 and has since donated $2 million to various charities. It has supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Camp Twin Lakes, the Boys & Girls Club of Georgia and Florida, Stetson University and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
"You don't give your time and money to win awards," Jones said. "But it's certainly nice to be recognized for it. I don't need all of the hoopla surrounding all that the Chipper Jones Family Foundation has helped. But it's nice to know it has not gone unnoticed."
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