Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has been named as a finalist for the 2019 Hank Aaron Award, which has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in both the American and National Leagues since it was established in 1999.
Nolan Arenado was chosen as the Colorado Rockies representative for the prestigious award after the finishing the 2019 season with an OPS+ of 129 and a slash line of .315/.379/.583 with 41 homers and 118 RBI.
This year marked the third time in his seven-year career that Arenado had hit 40 or more home runs in a season, becoming only the second player (along with Vinny Castilla) to have accomplished that feat with the Rockies.
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Arenado also hit another milestone this season by recording his 500th extra base hit. With that hit on September 10, he became the fourth Rockies player to reach that mark, joining Todd Helton, Larry Walker and Carlos Gonzalez.
Rockies fans have the opportunity to help select the winners of this distinguished award by voting for an American and National League player online at www.MLB.com/hankaaronaward and Rockies.com starting today (October 3) and running through October 9. The winners will be announced during the World Series.
Joining Arenado on the nomination list for the 2019 award are such players as Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers, Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies and Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs.
This will mark the 10th straight year that a special panel of Hall of Fame players, led by Hank Aaron himself, will also vote on the winners of the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball.
The panel of Hall of Famers includes Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Ken Griffey Jr., Eddie Murray and Robin Yount. These Hall of Famers combined for 17,010 hits, 8,844 RBI and 2,275 home runs and have all been personally selected by Aaron to help select the best offensive performer in both the American and National Leagues.
Again, Rockies fans can vote for Arenado at www.MLB.com/hankaaronaward from now through October 9.