Marlins’ Stanton wins Hank Aaron Award as NL’s top offensive player

Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (middle) waves to the crowd as he is awarded the Hank Aaron Award by newly elected commissioner Rob Manfred (left) and Hank Aaron before Game 4 of the 2014 World Series.

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Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s career year garnered him the first of what could be several postseason awards Saturday night.

Stanton was named the National League’s recipient of the Hank Aaron Award, given to the top offensive player in each league, as voted on by fans and a Hall of Fame panel. It was first introduced in 1999 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Aaron’s home run mark.

Despite missing the final 17 games due to facial fractures sustained from a pitch, Stanton paced the NL with 37 homers and set a personal best with 105 RBI. He finished second in that statistic, but led the NL prior to the injury. Stanton also posted the best slugging percentage (.555), total bases (299) and intentional walks (24).

Earlier this week, Rawlings announced Stanton as a right-field finalist for the Gold Glove.

The 24-year-old becomes the first Marlins player to receive the honor. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout won the AL award.

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