Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was denied a second consecutive Triple Crown this season, but he did manage to repeat for the Hank Aaron Award in the American League, and D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt capped a breakout season by earning that honor in the National League, Major League Baseball announced on Sunday. The two sluggers were honored by Commissioner Bud Selig and Aaron in a news conference before Game 4 of the 109th World Series at Busch Stadium. Established in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record with No. 715, the Hank Aaron Award is officially sanctioned by MLB and recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. Fans voted for the award on MLB.com, and for the fourth consecutive year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Aaron joined fans in voting. The panel includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time -- Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount, who combined for 17,629 hits, 8,278 RBI and 1,723 homers. They were personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to help select the best offensive performer in each league. "I want to extend my congratulations to Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt on being selected as the winners of the 2013 Hank Aaron Award, an award named after one of the greatest players in the history of baseball," Selig said. "Miguel completed another stellar season this year, including winning his third batting title. Paul was an offensive force on the Diamondbacks and in the National League." "It is a privilege to have the award that recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league named after me," Aaron said. "I want to congratulate Miguel and Paul on their outstanding seasons and extend my thanks to the Hall of Famers and fans who selected the winners." Cabrera followed up his Triple Crown-winning season of 2012 with his third consecutive AL batting title after hitting .348. The eight-time All-Star, who started at third for the AL at the Midsummer Classic, became the first Tigers player to lead the league in hitting in three consecutive seasons since Hall of Famer Ty Cobb accomplished the feat from 1917-19.
Miggy, Goldschmidt honored with Aaron Award
MLB.com | Oct 28