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JOSH WILLINGHAM AWARD HONORS DII'S MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
The Josh Willingham Award is annual honor presented to DII college baseball's most valuable player. The award is to bestowed upon a player who not only excels on the field, but in the dugout, clubhouse and practice field as well, and leads his team to national championship caliber status. The award was created to honor players who help propel their teams to an elite level.
The award is named after the former University of North Alabama Lion star, Josh Willingham. While playing baseball at UNA Willingham was a two-time All American and tied or broke 14 school single-game, season and career records. After his junior season he was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 17th round of the Major Leauge Baseball Draft and he is currently in the midst of his 10th season at the highest professional level.
The determination of candidates and initial voting for the award is made by a panel of baseball sports information contacts and media members. Once the finalists are selected, the panel votes again to determine the winner.