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David Ortiz wins Hank Aaron award

Recently retired Boston Red Sox David Ortiz, the preeminent designated hitter, has received the Hank Aaron Award for his outstanding offenses statistics during the 2016 Major League season.

The prize is granted to the most outstanding offensive performers in their respective league. The selection is made by a panel of former major-league greats who this year included Aaron, Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Ken Griffey Junior, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount. Baseball fans were allowed to vote by Twitter.

The awards were handed out by Commissioner Rob Manfred and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in a news conference before Game Two of the 112th World Series at Progressive Field between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians.

Commissioner Manfred speaking on Ortíz said:
“David created an extraordinary legacy with the Red Sox. Fans will never forget his consistent excellence at the plate and his performances on the game’s greatest stages.”

In 2016, the last year of his great career, David Ortiz was the leader in slugging percentage at .620; OPS, 1.201 and doubles (48). He was also tied in runs – batted – in (RBI) at 127. This great Dominican star batted .315, it 38 homeruns, received 80 bases on balls and reached base at a .401 clip.

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball players selected as the top hitter in each league, as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. It was introduced in 1999 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron’s surpassing of Babe Ruth’s career homerun mark of 714 homeruns.

The first winners of the award were Manny Ramírez and Sammy Sosa in 1999, while the most recent winners are David Ortiz and Kris Bryant. Alex Rodríguez has won the award four times, more than any other player.

Source: DR1

Oct 28, 2016

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