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Pujols, Rodriguez named Hank Aaron Award winners

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New York, NY (Sports Network) - Texas shortstop and St. Louis outfielder have won the 2003 Hank Aaron Award for the American and National Leagues. The award recognizes the best overall hitter in each league as voted on by fan balloting and from the club play-by- play broadcasters. Rodriguez has captured the honor three straight seasons. He batted .298 with 47 home runs, 118 RBI and 124 runs scored. Rodriguez also posted a .600 slugging percentage and 87 walks.

This season, the 28-year-old Rodriguez became one of only three players in MLB history to hit 40 or more home runs in at least six straight seasons. He also had 364 total bases, 83 extra-base hits and a .396 on-base percentage.

Pujols hit .359 with 43 home runs and 124 RBI. Pujols led the National League with 212 hits and 63 multi-hit games with a .439 on-base percentage, a .667 slugging percentage and a .374 average with runners in scoring position.

The 23-year-old Pujols is the only player in Major League history to bat .300 or better with at least 30 home runs, 100 runs scored and 100 RBI in his first three seasons. He also enjoyed a 30-game hitting streak, the longest of the season.

The Hank Aaron Award was first given out in 1999 to recognize the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record.

Past award winners include (1999) and (2000) in the American League, while the National League awards went to (1999), (2000) and (2001-02).

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