Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout is among the finalists for Major League Baseball's prestigious Hank Aaron Award, according to a league press release. The award recognizes a player from each league as the best all-around offensive performers.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for one player each from the American and National League Oct. 10 through Oct.16. The winners of the award are determined partly by fan voting and partly by a panel of notable judges, including Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Robin Yount and Aaron himself. The results will be announced during the 2012 World Series.
"It is a real privilege to have my name on the award that recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each League," said Hank Aaron. "With so many talented players in the game today, I am thankful to have the assistance of my fellow Hall of Famers and the fans to select the winners."
Trout's current teammate, Albert Pujols, is a two-time winner of the award and was honored in 2009 and 2003 while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. Trout had a sensational rookie campaign in 2012, hitting .326 with 30 home runs and 83 RBIs as the Halos' leadoff hitter. He also added 49 stolen bases, 27 doubles and eight triples. His 129 runs scored were tops in the American League en route to several franchise and league records.
Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers won the AL and NL awards in 2011.