Pitcher Orel Hershiser, continuing his award-winning ways, says being named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year "caps a year of fantastic awards."

The Los Angeles Dodgers' right-hander received nearly twice as many votes as his World Series rival, Oakland's Jose Canseco."It is a tremendous honor to be recognized with an award which covers all sports," Hershiser said.

After last season's heroics, Hershiser was a unanimous choice as the National League Cy Young winner, was named Most Valuable Player in the NL playoffs and the Dodgers' World Series victory.

Hershiser received 67 first-place votes and 465 points in the balloting done by sports writers and broadcasters on a 5-3-1 basis. Canseco received 30 first-place votes and 233 points.

Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders was third with 207, followed by Olympic swimmer Matt Biondi with 152, NBA star Michael Jordan with 91 and Olympic diver Greg Louganis at 59.