LOS ANGELES — Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was named on Thursday as one of 30 finalists for the 2016 Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the top offensive performer in each league.
Seager, 22, hit .308/.365/.512 with 26 home runs in his first full season, and set Los Angeles Dodgers rookie records with 40 doubles, 193 hits, 105 runs scored and 321 total bases. He is the overwhelming favorite for National League Rookie of the Year, and will likely by a top-5 finisher in NL MVP voting as well.
The Hank Aaron Award, which started in 1999, is voted on by a panel of Hall of Famers, including Aaron, along with Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount. In addition, this year for the first time there is a fan component to the vote, with fans able to choose one winner in each league, with online voting through Oct. 14.
The winners in each league will be announced during the World Series.
The only Dodger to win the Hank Aaron Award was Matt Kemp in 2011.