In 1999, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron hitting his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth as the all-time home run king, Major League Baseball established the Hank Aaron Award to honor the “most outstanding regular-season offensive performer from each league,” according to MLB.
On Monday, the league announced the eight finalists from each league, and two Dodgers made the cut.
MLB says Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are finalists for the Hank Aaron Award.
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Los Angeles first baseman Freddie Freeman finished second in the league with a .325 batting average while leading the league in hits, doubles, on-base percentage and runs scored. His .918 OPS was also second in the NL, and his 313 total bases were third.
L.A. right fielder Mookie Betts was the other finalist from the Dodgers. Betts was tied with Freeman for the league lead with 117 runs scored, and his 35 homers led Los Angeles and were tied for fifth in the league. Mookie’s .533 slugging percentage was second in the National League, and he was third in Win Probability Added.
The other finalists in the National League are Pete Alonso, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Manny Machado, Austin Riley, and Kyle Schwarber. In the American League, the finalists are Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez, Rafael Devers, Aaron Judge, Shohei Ohtani, Jose Ramirez, Julio Rodriguez, and Mike Trout.
Freeman won the NL Hank Aaron Award in 2020, and Trout, Altuve, and Goldschmidt are also past winners.
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