Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Daniel Murphy was named the Mets nominee for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award.
Fans can vote exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites. For the fifth 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.
Murphy was named to his first All-Star team this year and finished tied for ninth in the National League with 172 hits. He had 49 multi-hit games this season, tied for the seventh-most in the NL. Murphy hit .289 with 37 doubles, nine home runs and 57 RBI in 143 games. He has three straight seasons of 35 or more doubles, the second-longest streak in team history.
The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount. These Hall of Famers – who combined for 16,956 hits, 8,844 RBI and 2,109 home runs – have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.
Through October 5, 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 2014 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2014 World Series.
The finalists for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award are:
|American League||National League|
|Baltimore Orioles||Nelson Cruz||Arizona Diamondbacks||Paul Goldschmidt|
|Boston Red Sox||David Ortiz||Atlanta Braves||Justin Upton|
|Chicago White Sox||Jose Abreu||Chicago Cubs||Anthony Rizzo|
|Cleveland Indians||Michael Brantley||Cincinnati Reds||Devin Mesoraco|
|Detroit Tigers||Victor Martinez||Colorado Rockies||Justin Morneau|
|Houston Astros||Jose Altuve||Los Angeles Dodgers||Adrian Gonzalez|
|Kansas City Royals||Alex Gordon||Miami Marlins||Giancarlo Stanton|
|LA Angels of Anaheim||Mike Trout||Milwaukee Brewers||Jonathan Lucroy|
|Minnesota Twins||Trevor Plouffe||New York Mets||Daniel Murphy|
|New York Yankees||Brett Gardner||Philadelphia Phillies||Marlon Byrd|
|Oakland Athletics||Josh Donaldson||Pittsburgh Pirates||Andrew McCutchen|
|Seattle Mariners||Robinson Cano||St. Louis Cardinals||Matt Carpenter|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Evan Longoria||San Diego Padres||Seth Smith|
|Texas Rangers||Adrian Beltre||San Francisco Giants||Hunter Pence|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Jose Bautista||Washington Nationals||Anthony Rendon|
Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: 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.