Detroit Tigers first baseman Cecil Fielder was named the major leagues' player of the year yesterday by Associated Press.

"Anytime you're compared with all your peers and you're selected the outstanding player, that's a great honor for me," Fielder said. "That's awesome. That's unbelievable."

Fielder, whose 51 home runs made him only the 11th player to reach the 50-homer plateau and the first in 13 years, was a clear winner in the competition with 90 1/2 votes.

Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson received 39 1/2 ballots and Pittsburgh outfielder Barry Bonds 27. . . .

Chicago White Sox Manager Jeff Torborg was named AP's major league manager of the year.

Torborg took a team that finished last in 1989 with a 69-92 record and led it to a 94-68 mark in 1990, second best in the American League and third best in the majors.

Torborg received 75 of the 165 votes cast by a nationwide panel of sportswriters and sportscasters before the start of the playoffs.

Jim Leyland, who led Pittsburgh to the National League East title, finished second with 51 votes. Lou Piniella of the World Series-champion Cincinnati Reds was third with 21 and Oakland's Tony La Russa was fourth with 11. . . .

The Boston Red Sox said they would not pick up the option on veteran slugger Dwight Evans's contract for the 1991 season.

"Dwight has been a tremendous competitor for the Red Sox for the past 18 years and certainly ranks among the greatest players in Red Sox history," Boston General Manager Lou Gorman said in a brief statement. "It was a very difficult decision not to renew his contract."

Evans's contract, which expired at the end of the 1990 season, had a clause that gave the Red Sox an option to renew it for $1.3 million for 1991. A buyout would cost the Red Sox $200,000.

Evans, who will be 39 on Nov. 3, has been plagued by a persistent lower back problem for about a year.

An eight-time Gold Glove winner in right field, he was limited to a designated-hitter role this season. Appearing in just 123 games, he batted just .249 with 13 home runs and 63 runs batted in. . . .

The Kansas City Royals said they would not offer 42-year-old catcher Bob Boone a contract next season.

Boone, who holds the major league record of 2,225 games caught, was the Royals' opening day catcher last season, but ended up playing in just 40 games after breaking his finger May 16. He hit .239 in 117 at-bats. . . .

Former Pittsburgh manager Chuck Tanner has had heart bypass surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, his son, Bruce, said.

The clinic, Bruce Tanner reported, said the elder Tanner is "doing well."