The James “Tip” O’Neill Award

Presented annually to the Canadian player judged to have excelled in individual achievement and team contribution while adhering to baseball’s highest ideals.

James “Tip” O’Neill Career Began in 1883.

Tip started his Major League Baseball career as a pitcher in 1883.

He won the 1886 World Championship with St. Louis.

James “Tip” O’Neill was one of Major League baseball’s first legitimate stars. With the St. Louis Browns in 1887, O’Neill batted .492, SLG-.691, Hits-225, Doubles-52, Triples-19, Homeruns-14, Total Bases-357, Runs-167 (4th all-time for a single season), RBI-123.

Major League Record Holder from Woodstock, ON

The outfielder from Woodstock, Ontario set major league records in hits, doubles, slugging percentage, and total bases that season while compiling an astounding .492 batting average (walks were included as hits in 1887, but if his average was calculated by today’s standard, it was .435, the second highest in major league history to Hugh Duffy, .440).

Played 1052 games with a career .326 AVG and .851 OPS.

The former US Speaker of the House was named after the Canadian baseball icon.

Award Winner 

Once the season is completed the information on all the players are compiled and a committee discussion takes place to determine the award winner. Winner is announced early December.

2021 Award Winner

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 

Guerrero Jr., who topped players born in Canada in almost every offensive category and tied for the major league lead in home runs (48), is a first-time winner of the award. He staved off strong competition from fellow major leaguers Tyler O’Neill (Maple Ridge, B.C.), Joey Votto (Etobicoke, Ont.), Cal Quantrill (Port Hope, Ont.) and Jordan Romano (Markham, Ont.) to secure the honour.

Guerrero Jr. was the American League leader in on-base percentage (OBP) (.401), slugging percentage (.601), on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) (1.002), runs (123) and total bases (363). He also led the major leagues in the latter two categories and flirted with a Triple Crown, finishing the season third in the AL in batting average (.311), tied for first in home runs (48) and tied for fifth in RBIs (111). His 48 home runs also broke Eddie Mathews’ record set in 1953 for most homers in a season by a major league player 22 years old or younger.

For his efforts, the Blue Jays slugger was named to the American League All-Star team for the first time and homered in the Midsummer Classic to earn the game’s MVP honours.

Following the season, Guerrero Jr. won the American League’s Hank Aaron Award, given out to the league’s top hitter. At 22, he became the youngest recipient in the award’s history and the fourth Blue Jay to win it, joining Carlos Delgado (2000), Jose Bautista (2010, 2011) and Josh Donaldson (2015).

Guerrero Jr. also won his first Silver Slugger Award at the American League first baseman position, was named the first baseman on the All-MLB First Team and finished second to Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani in the American League MVP voting.

He also provided strong defence in his first full season at first base. His 8.06 Range Factor/Game ranked third among American League first basemen.

The 2021 campaign was his third with the Blue Jays. He made his major league debut on April 26, 2019 at the age of 20. His father is Montreal Expos legend and Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero Jr. was born in Montreal when his father was playing for the Expos.

Away from the field, Guerrero Jr. has been a devoted supporter of ExposFest, a fundraiser organized by Perry Giannias in memory of his niece Kat D who passed away from an aggressive form of brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Proceeds from ExposFest go to the Kat D DIPG Foundation and the Montreal Children’s Hospital. 

Previous Award Winners

2022 – Announced December 6
– Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
– Jamie Romak
2019 – Mike Soroka
2018 – James Paxton
2017 – Joey Votto
2016 – Joey Votto
2015 – Joey Votto
2014 – Justin Morneau
2013 – Joey Votto
2012 – Joey Votto
2011 – John Axford
2011 – Joey Votto
2010 – 
Joey Votto
2009 – Jason Bay
2008 – Justin Morneau
2007 – Russell Martin
2006 – Justin Morneau
2005 – Jason Bay
2004 – Jason Bay
2003 – 
Eric Gagné
2002 – Larry Walker
2002 – Eric Gagné
2001 – Larry Walker
2001 – Corey Koskie
2000 – Ryan Dempster
1999 – Jeff Zimmerman
1998 – Larry Walker
1997 – Larry Walker
1996 – Jason Dickson
1995 – Larry Walker
1994 – Larry Walker
1993 – Rob Butler
1992 – Larry Walker
1991 – Daniel Brabant
1990 – Larry Walker
1989 – Steve Wilson
1988 – Kevin Reimer
1987 – Larry Walker
1986 – Rob Ducey
1985 – Dave Shipanoff
1984 – Terry Puhl