Major League Baseball announced Monday that Paul Goldschmidt was named the Diamondbacks’ nominee for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award.
The Hank Aaron Award, established in 1999, recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. Fans can vote online at MLB.com and the individual team sites, and for the fourth straight year, a panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting.
The 26-year-old Goldschmidt hit .302 with 36 home runs, 36 doubles and 125 RBI in 160 games with the D-backs this season. The NL All-Star became the first player in franchise history to lead or tie for the league lead in home runs and RBI. He also finished first in the NL in slugging percentage (.551), OPS (.952), extra-base hits (75) and total bases (332).
Through Oct. 10, fans can vote for one AL and one NL winner from a list comprising one finalist per team. The winners of the 2013 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the World Series.
“It is a great honor that Major League Baseball recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each League with an award in my name,” Hank Aaron said in a statement. “The game is full of so many talented players today that I am thankful my fellow Hall of Famers and the fans assist in selecting the much deserving winners.”
The other finalists for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award are:
Baltimore Orioles: Chris Davis 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 Los Angeles 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
Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award are Miguel 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).