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The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) players selected as the top hitter in each league, as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. It was introduced in 1999 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron's surpassing of Babe Ruth's career home run mark of 714 home runs. The award was the first major award to be introduced by Major League Baseball in 19 years.

Prince Fielder is the only Milwaukee Brewer to have won the award, winning it in 2007 with 165 hits, career-high 50 home runs, and 119 runs batted in.

CriteriaEdit

For the 1999 season, a winner was selected using an objective points system. Hits, home runs, and runs batted in (RBI) were given certain point values and the winner was the player who had the highest tabulated points total.

In 2000, the system was changed to a ballot in which each MLB team's radio and television play-by-play broadcasters and color analysts voted for three players in each league. Their first place vote receives five points, the second place vote receives three points, and the third place vote receives one point. Beginning in 2003, fans were given the opportunity to vote via MLB's official website, MLB.com. Fans' votes account for 30% of the points, while broadcasters' and analysts' votes account for the other 70%.

The 2004-2006 Hank Aaron Award was decided in three separate phases. In August fans voted at each Club's official Web site from among three players nominated by the respective Club. The leading vote getter from each Club became one of 30 finalists, from which a special Major League Baseball panel chose six finalists from each League. Online fan voting then determined the overall League winner.

In 2007-2008 five finalists in each league were determined in fan balloting on MLB.com, from 30 club nominees selected by a special panel assembled by Major League Baseball and MLB.com. Online fan votes decided the overall League winner.

For the 2009 Award fans selected both the finalists and the ultimate winners of the award. In September fans voted for one finalist out of three nominees from each MLB Club. Once those 30 finalists were selected, fans voted for one American League and one National League winner, from September 16-30.

The award is handed out to the winners of both leagues before Game 4 of the World Series every year, with Aaron himself presenting the awards.

The first winners of the award were Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa in 1999, while the most recent winners are Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols. Alex Rodriguez has won the award four times, the most of any player.

WinnersEdit

Hank Aaron Award
Awarded to the Major League Baseball player voted as the top hitter of his respective league
Season American League Leader Team Pos Hits HRs RBI National League Leader Team Pos Hits HRs RBI
1999 Manny3CLE Manny Ramírez Indians Cleveland Indians LF 174 44 165 Sosa1 Sammy Sosa Cubs Chicago Cubs RF 180 63 141
2000 Delgado1TOR Carlos Delgado Blue Jays97-02 Toronto Blue Jays 1B 196 41 137 Helton1 Todd Helton Rockies Colorado Rockies 1B 216 42 147
2001 ARod1TEX Alex Rodriguez Rangers Texas Rangers SS 201 52 135 Bonds1 Barry Bonds Giants San Francisco Giants LF 156 73 137
2002 ARod1TEX Alex Rodriguez (2) Rangers Texas Rangers SS 187 57 142 Bonds1 Barry Bonds (2) Giants San Francisco Giants LF 149 46 110
2003 ARod1TEX Alex Rodriguez (3) Rangers Texas Rangers SS 181 47 118 Pujols1 Albert Pujols Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 1B 212 43 124
2004 Manny1BOS Manny Ramírez (2) Red Sox Boston Red Sox LF 175 43 130 Bonds1 Barry Bonds (3) Giants San Francisco Giants LF 135 45 101
2005 Ortiz1 David Ortiz Red Sox Boston Red Sox DH 180 47 148 AJones1 Andruw Jones Braves Atlanta Braves CF 154 51 128
2006 Jeter1 Derek Jeter Yankees New York Yankees SS 214 14 97 RHoward1 Ryan Howard Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 1B 182 58 149
2007 ARod1 Alex Rodriguez (4) Yankees New York Yankees 3B 183 54 156 Fielder1 Prince Fielder Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 1B 165 50 119
2008 Youkilis1 Kevin Youkilis Red Sox Boston Red Sox 1B 183 54 156 ARamirez1 Aramis Ramírez Cubs Chicago Cubs 3B 160 27 111
2009 Jeter1 Derek Jeter (2) Yankees New York Yankees SS 212 18 66 Pujols1 Albert Pujols (2) Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 1B 186 47 135

See alsoEdit

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