BOSTON'S YOUKILIS AND CHICAGO'S RAMIREZ WIN HANK AARON AWARDS

Aaron MarcusContributor INovember 10, 2008

Interesting. According to Major League Baseball, the honor is awarded annually to the "best overall offensive performer in both the American League and National League". Wiki states that the award is supposed to go to the top hitter in each league as voted on by the fans (30%) and league broadcasters and analysts (70%) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hank_Aaron_Award], but the press release on the MLB website announcing this year's winners, seems to indicate that it is strictly a "voted on by the fans" award [http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20081026&content_id=3646313&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb].

I suppose I don't have much of a problem with Boston's Kevin Youkilis, because, at worst, he was amongst the top 3 or 4 hitters in the ALthis season, but the Cubs' Aramis Ramirez? I didn't have him ahead of other NL sluggers like Houston's Lance Berkman, Philly's Ryan Howard, and, particularly, St. Louis' Albert Pujols, all of whom were eligible for the award (each of the 14 AL and 16 NL teams had one representative who was eligible for the award - Jose Reyes, for whatever reason, was the Mets' rep over David Wright, who I thought had a superior offensive season to A-Ram as a third baseman).

While an argument for Youk is more than colorable, how did any objective fan vote for Ramirez? What do you guys think?

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