Major League Baseball today announced finalists for the 2020 Hank Aaron Award, which has recognized the most outstanding regular season offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999. Baseball fans have the opportunity to help select the winners of this distinguished award by voting for an American
Major League Baseball today announced finalists for the 2020 Hank Aaron Award, which has recognized the most outstanding regular season offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999. Baseball fans have the opportunity to help select the winners of this distinguished award by voting for an American and National League player online at MLB.com/hankaaronaward.
Each Club nominated one player from its team to be considered for the Hank Aaron Award. A panel of MLB.com writers determined seven finalists for each league from the list of Club nominees. In addition to the fan vote, a special panel of Hall of Fame players, led by Hank Aaron, will vote on the winners of the award which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball.
The panel of Hall of Famers includes Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Ken Griffey Jr., Eddie Murray and Robin Yount. Three former Hank Aaron Award winners are among this year’s finalists: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Paul Goldschmidt.
The finalists for the 2020 Hank Aaron Award are:
Chicago White Sox: José Abreu
Atlanta Braves: Freddie Freeman
Cleveland Indians: José Ramírez
Los Angeles Dodgers: Corey Seager
Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout
New York Mets: Dominic Smith
Minnesota Twins: Nelson Cruz
Philadelphia Phillies: Bryce Harper
New York Yankees: DJ LeMahieu
San Diego Padres: Manny Machado
Tampa Bay Rays: Brandon Lowe
St. Louis Cardinals: Paul Goldschmidt
Toronto Blue Jays: Teoscar Hernández
Washington Nationals: Juan Soto
Continuing through October 18, fans have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of 14 player finalists (seven players from each league).
Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Mike Trout and Christian Yelich (2019); J.D. Martinez and Christian Yelich (2018); Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Altuve (2017); Kris Bryant and David Ortiz (2016); Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper (2015); Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout (2014); Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt (2013); Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012); José Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011); José Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Derek Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols (2003); Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).
The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.