Lucroy Nominated For Hank Aaron Award
Fans Can Vote Through October 5th at MLB.com
Award Recognizes Most Outstanding Offensive Performers in Each League
Hall of Fame Panel Led by Hank Aaron Includes Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Frank Thomas and Robin Yount
Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Jonathan Lucroy was named the Brewers 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.
Lucroy is coming off the best year in his career as he batted .301 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI. The five-year veteran set career-highs in games played (153), hits (176), runs (73), doubles (53) and walks (66). He appeared in his first All-Star Game, becoming just the second Brewer in franchise history to start behind the plate in the game. Lucroy went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles in the Midsummer Classic. The Brewers’ backstop collected 53 doubles to become the first primary catcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to lead the Major Leagues in doubles. Lucroy’s 53 doubles also tied Lyle Overbay (2004) for the franchise single-season record. In addition, the Florida native ranked among the National League leaders in multi-hit games (3rd, 53), extra-base hits (T3rd, 68), hits (T5th, 176), batting average (7th, .301) and on-base percentage (8th, .373).
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:
Baltimore Orioles – Nelson Cruz
Boston Red Sox – David Ortiz
Chicago White Sox – Jose Abreu
Cleveland Indians – Michael Brantley
Detroit Tigers – Victor Martinez
Houston Astros – Jose Altuve
Kansas City Royals – Alex Gordon
LA Angels of Anaheim – Mike Trout
Minnesota Twins – Trevor Plouffe
New York Yankees – Brett Gardner
Oakland Athletics – Josh Donaldson
Seattle Mariners – Robinson Cano
Tampa Bay Rays – Evan Longoria
Texas Rangers – Adrian Beltre
Toronto Blue Jays – Jose Bautista
Arizona Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt
Atlanta Braves – Justin Upton
Chicago Cubs – Anthony Rizzo
Cincinnati Reds – Devin Mesoraco
Colorado Rockies – Justin Morneau
Los Angeles Dodgers – Adrian Gonzalez
Miami Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton
Milwaukee Brewers – Jonathan Lucroy
New York Mets – Daniel Murphy
Philadelphia Phillies – Marlon Byrd
Pittsburgh Pirates – Andrew McCutchen
St. Louis Cardinals – Matt Carpenter
San Diego Padres – Seth Smith
San Francisco Giants – Hunter Pence
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.