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Rockies’ Michael Cuddyer nominated for Hank Aaron Award

Published: October 7, 2013, 1:13 pm, by Joe Paisley

rockies logoMajor League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Michael Cuddyer was named the Colorado Rockies nominee for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award.

Fans can vote 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.

Cuddyer, 34, won his first career batting title by leading the National League with a .331 mark in what was his second season in Colorado. Cuddyer was named to his second career All-Star team in 2013 (also 2011 with Minnesota), and finished the season with a batting line of: .331 average, 162 hits, 31 doubles, 3 triples, 20 home runs, 84 RBI, 74 runs, .389 on-base percentage, .530 slugging percentage. The Norfolk, VA native set career-highs batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS (.919) this season. The 2013 season marked Cuddyer’s fifth career season with at least 30 doubles, and his fourth career season with at least 20 home runs and at least 80 RBI.

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. 

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.

     The finalists for the 2013 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

Alexei Ramirez

Chicago Cubs

Nate Schierholtz

Cleveland Indians

Jason Kipnis

Cincinnati Reds

Jay Bruce

Detroit Tigers

Miguel Cabrera

Colorado Rockies

Michael Cuddyer

Houston Astros

Jason Castro

Los Angeles Dodgers

Hanley Ramirez

Kansas City Royals

Eric Hosmer

Miami Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton

LA Angels of Anaheim

Mike Trout

Milwaukee Brewers

Carlos Gomez

Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer

New York Mets

David Wright

New York Yankees

Robinson Cano

Philadelphia Phillies

Domonic Brown

Oakland Athletics

Josh Donaldson

Pittsburgh Pirates

Andrew McCutchen

Seattle Mariners

Kendrys Morales

St. Louis Cardinals

Matt Carpenter

Tampa Bay Rays

Evan Longoria

San Diego Padres

Will Venable

Texas Rangers

Adrian Beltre

San Francisco Giants

Hunter Pence

Toronto Blue Jays

Edwin Encarnacion

Washington Nationals

Jayson Werth

      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.