Ryan Braun Named Finalist for 2012 Hank Aaron Award
Major League Baseball today announced the finalists for the Hank Aaron Award that recognizes the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in each league. Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was named a finalist and Brewers fans can help him win the award through voting at MLB.com.
Before we vote, let’s quickly recap Braun’s season with some numbers:
– Braun led the National League with 41 home runs, 356 total bases, 108 runs, a .987 OPS and was tied for the league lead in extra-base hits (80). He was also among the league leaders in RBI (2nd, 112), hits (2nd, 191), slugging percentage (2nd, .595), batting average (3rd, .319), OBP (3rd, .391) and stolen bases (T9th, 30).
– He recorded his second career 30/30 season and just the eleventh 40/30 season in Major League history.
– He became the only Major Leaguer with 100+ runs and 100+ RBI in each of the last four seasons.
Those are some fantastic numbers–numbers that certainly make him worth of winning this award. Beginning today and continuing through October 16th, fans can vote for who they think is the winner. Each Major League team has a finalist and finalists were selected by a panel that included Aaron, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan and Robin Yount. Fans are invited to vote on MLB.com up to ten times a day.
Prince Fielder is the only other Brewers player to win the award, winning in 2007.