Infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays and outfielder Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies have been named winners of the 2021 Hank Aaron Award on Tuesday evening.
Guerrero gained the dignity for the American League whereas Harper was the recipient for the Nationwide League.
It marks the second time Harper was gained the award. The opposite time was 2015, when he was with the Washington Nationals.
The award was established in 1999 and honors the very best hitter in every league, as voted on by followers and media. It’s named after Hank Aaron, the Corridor of Famer with 755 profession homers who died in January at age 86.
“It’s such an honor,” Harper mentioned on MLB Community. “With the ability to win this award after the passing of Hank in January — I imply, what an unimaginable individual he was.
“Simply to have the ability to win this award, I’m very appreciative of that and may’t thank all people that voted for me sufficient. Simply keep in mind Hank from this award, as nicely.”
Harper, 29, batted .309 with 35 homers, 42 doubles, 84 RBIs and 101 runs scored in 141 video games this season.
Guerrero, 22, hit 48 homers to tie Salvador Perez of the Kansas Metropolis Royals for the main league lead. He batted .311 with 111 RBIs in 161 video games.
“I’m very proud to work onerous and have my onerous work present by means of and win an award like this,” Guerrero mentioned on MLB Community. “Very proud and really completely satisfied.”
The opposite AL finalists have been Perez, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Choose, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins, Los Angeles Angels designated hitter/pitcher Shohei Ohtani, Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson and Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez.
The opposite NL finalists have been outfielder Nick Castellanos of the Cincinnati Reds, shortstop Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants, first baseman Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals, shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres and outfielder Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.
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