Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that fans can vote for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites. For the fourth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.
The finalists for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award are:
Baltimore Orioles - Chris Davis
Boston Red Sox - David Ortiz
Chicago White Sox - Alexei Ramirez
Cleveland Indians - Jason Kipnis
Detroit Tigers - Miguel Cabrera
Houston Astros - Jason Castro
Kansas City Royals - Eric Hosmer
LA Angels of Anaheim - Mike Trout
Minnesota Twins - Joe Mauer
New York Yankees - Robinson Cano
Oakland Athletics - Josh Donaldson
Seattle Mariners - Kendrys Morales
Tampa Bay Rays - Evan Longoria
Texas Rangers - Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays - Edwin Encarnacion
Arizona Diamondbacks - Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves - Freddie Freeman
Chicago Cubs - Nate Schierholtz
Cincinnati Reds - Jay Bruce
Colorado Rockies - Michael Cuddyer
Los Angeles Dodgers - Hanley Ramirez
Miami Marlins - Giancarlo Stanton
Milwaukee Brewers - Carlos Gomez
New York Mets - David Wright
Philadelphia Phillies - Domonic Brown
Pittsburgh Pirates - Andrew McCutchen
St. Louis Cardinals - Matt Carpenter
San Diego Padres - Will Venable
San Francisco Giants - Hunter Pence
Washington Nationals - Jayson Werth
The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time -Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount. These Hall of Famers - who combined for 17,629 hits, 8,278 RBI and 1,723 home runs - have all been personally selected by Hank Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.
Donaldson was the A's top offensive performer in 2013 as he batted .301 with 24 home runs and 93 RBI in 158 games. He became the eighth player in Oakland history to hit at least .300 with 20 or more home runs and 90 or more RBI, the first since Miguel Tejada in 2002. The 27-year-old ranked sixth in the American League in on-base percentage (.384), tied for sixth in times on base (256), tied for seventh in walks (76), ninth in slugging percentage (.499) and total bases (289) and 10th in RBI. Donaldson also tied for fourth in the AL with 56 multiple hit games, which was the third highest total in Oakland history and one short of the record of 57 (Tejada, 2002; Kotsay, 2004). In addition, he ranked third in the AL with a .364 batting average with runners on base, the fourth best batting average with runners on in Oakland history.
Continuing through October 10, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2013 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2013 World Series.
"All 30 Club nominees should feel honored to be considered for an award named for one of our game's legends, Hank Aaron," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. "Hank was a brilliant all-around player who demonstrated great power, selectivity and baserunning in his Hall of Fame career. Our game today is fortunate to have so many dynamic players emulating the remarkable example of Hank Aaron."
"It is a great honor that Major League Baseball recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each League with an award in my name," said Hank Aaron. "The game is full of so many talented players today that I am thankful my fellow Hall of Famers and the fans assist in selecting the much deserving winners."
Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012), Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011), Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and 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.