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Dodgers News: Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman Named Finalists for NL Hank Aaron Award

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.

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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