Players Choice winners named

Break out the ginger ale. Josh Hamilton has been named the American League "Outstanding Player" by his peers.

The Texas Rangers slugger earned a Players Choice Award which was announced by the Major League Baseball Players Association on the Scott Van Pelt show on ESPN Radio on Wednesday.

Hamilton has led the Rangers to their first World Series appearance. Since he battles substance abuse, his teammates showered him with ginger ale during postseason celebrations.

Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was named the top player in the National League.

The Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay and the Tampa Bay Rays' David Price were named Players Choice winners as best pitchers in the NL and AL respectively.

Halladay won an NL-best 21 games in his first season in Philadelphia, helping the Phillies to a fourth straight NL East title. Price won 19 games as the Rays won their second AL East title.

Hamilton led the league with a .359 batting average and had 32 home runs and 100 RBIs. He made his third All-Star team. Gonzalez led the NL in hitting at .336 and in hits at 197. He had 34 homers and 117 RBIs.

Winners of the Players Choice Awards will designate charities to receive donations from the MLB players trust. In all, $260,000 will be distributed.