Michael Brantley named Cleveland Indians nominee for 2015 Hank Aaron Award

CI_082915 - -178Fans Can Vote Through October 11th at MLB.com; Award Recognizes Most Outstanding Offensive Performers in Each League

Hall of Fame Panel Led by Hank Aaron Includes 2015 Inductee Craig Biggio as well as Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount

Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Michael Brantley was named the Cleveland Indians nominee for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award.

Brantley, a 2014 MVP finalist and Silver Slugger Award winner, led Major League Baseball in doubles (45), the first Indians player since Lou Boudreau in 1947 to do so. He ranked third in the American League in on-base percentage (.379), fourth in average (.310), sixth in batting with men on base (.329), 10th in batting with runners in scoring position (.324) and 11th in OPS (.859). After registering four hits on April 26 and July 22, he now has 10 career four-hit games.

Fans can vote for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites. For the sixth 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 Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount.  These Hall of Famers – who combined for 16,697 hits, 8,712 RBI and 2,166 home runs – have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.

Continuing through October 11th, 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 2015 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2015 World Series.

Combined, the nominees have been named All-Stars 90 times, including 16 2015 All-Stars. The group also features 20 players under the age of 30 with five (Arenado, Correa, Harper, Herrera and Trout) under the age of 25. The finalists for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award are:

American League National League
Baltimore Orioles Chris Davis Arizona Diamondbacks Paul Goldschmidt
Boston Red Sox David Ortiz Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman
Chicago White Sox Jose Abreu Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo
Cleveland Indians Michael Brantley Cincinnati Reds Joey Votto
Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera Colorado Rockies Nolan Arenado
Houston Astros Carlos Correa Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez
Kansas City Royals Lorenzo Cain Miami Marlins Dee Gordon
LA Angels of Anaheim Mike Trout Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun
Minnesota Twins Brian Dozier New York Mets Curtis Granderson
New York Yankees Brian McCann Philadelphia Phillies Odubel Herrera
Oakland Athletics Josh Reddick Pittsburgh Pirates Andrew McCutchen
Seattle Mariners Nelson Cruz St. Louis Cardinals Matt Carpenter
Tampa Bay Rays Logan Forsythe San Diego Padres Matt Kemp
Texas Rangers Prince Fielder San Francisco Giants Buster Posey
Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Washington Nationals Bryce Harper

 

Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout (2014); Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt (2013); 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.

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