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Hank Aaron Award
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Hank Aaron Award

The Hank Aaron Award is an annual award in Major League Baseball awarded to the top hitter in each league. It was introduced in 1999 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron surpassing Babe Ruth's career home run mark.

In 1999, a winner was selected using an objective points system. Hits, home runs and runs batted in were given certain point values and the winner was the player who had the highest tabulated points total. The system was changed in 2000, however, to a ballot system, whereby each club's radio and television play-by-play broadcasters and color analysts were given three player votes for each league. The first place vote receives five points, the second place vote receives three points, and the third place vote receives one point, and again the winner is the player with the highest point total. Beginning in 2003, fans were given the opportunity to vote through the MLB.com website. Fan voting accounted for 30% of the points, with broadcaster and analyst voting accounting for the other 70%.

The "Hank Aaron Award" is the first, and so far only, baseball award commemorating a living player. The award is sponsored by Century 21.

Winners to date are:

YearLeaguePlayerTeam
1999American LeagueManny RamirezCleveland Indians
1999National LeagueSammy SosaChicago Cubs
2000American LeagueCarlos DelgadoToronto Blue Jays
2000National LeagueTodd HeltonColorado Rockies
2001American LeagueAlex RodriguezTexas Rangers
2001National LeagueBarry BondsSan Francisco Giants
2002American LeagueAlex Rodriguez (2)Texas Rangers
2002National LeagueBarry Bonds (2)San Francisco Giants
2003American LeagueAlex Rodriguez (3)Texas Rangers
2003National LeagueAlbert PujolsSt. Louis Cardinals

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