Bruce up for Hank Aaron Award

Here is some company-related business for MLB.com that should be of specific interest to you, the Reds fan. Jay Bruce is the Reds’ nominee for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award.

Click here for the ballot of all 30 nominees.

Below are some details from a Reds press release:

Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that RF Jay Bruce was named the Cincinnati Reds’ nominee for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award. Fans can vote exclusively online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites. For the fourth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.

Bruce was the only player in the Major Leagues in 2013 with at least 43 doubles, 30 home runs and 109 RBI. He ranked among the National League Top 10 in HR (3rd), RBI (T2nd), total bases (4th), doubles (T3rd), extra-base hits (2nd) and outfield assists (13, T3rd) while leading all Major League right fielders in HR, RBI, doubles and extra-base hits.

Over the last three seasons Bruce produced 105 doubles and 96 homers, numbers matched only by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera. Bruce’s 208 RBI the last 2 seasons lead all National League batters and tie for sixth-most in the Major Leagues. He is 1 of only 15 players in Major League history to produce at least 20 HR in each of his first 6 seasons and is only the sixth player in Reds history to produce 30 home runs in 3 straight.

The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount. These Hall of Famers – who combined for 17,629 hits, 8,278 RBI and 1,723 home runs – have all been personally selected by Hank Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.

Through October 10, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2013 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2013 World Series.

“It is a great honor that Major League Baseball recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each League with an award in my name,” said Hank Aaron. “The game is full of so many talented players today that I am thankful my fellow Hall of Famers and the fans assist in selecting the much deserving winners.”

Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012), Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011), Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).

The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.

7 Comments

Well deserved for Jay Bruce…. A true PROfessional basebal player.

I hope he gets it. Looking back on the failed season, it seems to me the players did not care. I had that sense throughout the season. I agree there is no outright leadership on the club. While I like BP a lot I think he is a little nutty and don’t expect him to fill that role. The Reds need a Pete Rose type. How do other Reds fans see it?

Paul, while we are outside looking into the fish bowl, I agree with your sentiment and have thought about it since Baker’s departure was announced. I don’t think this is the time for the Reds to hire a new manager that is exploratory in nature. I think we need a manager that has a proven track record. I cringe when I say that because I don’t want to lose Price and I am not sure what is on his mind; I have nightmares hearing him say, “Give me the Manager job or I walk”. And, of course, the reason for my comment above about the fishbowl; did the Reds lead him to believe that he would ‘get the job’ after Baker was to leave after 2014 season. Price plays and has played a huge part in the Reds success over the last several years, resurrecting many shelved careers and bringing maturity to the entire pitching staff. At minimum, I know the management knows this and maybe if they go elsewhere, they give him a bucket of money to stay with the Reds…in the event my nightmare is more than just a dream.

Well said, but I’m putting in with Price, I just like him.

From Lance McAlister
ESPN 1530 Cincinnati
Fan managerial list at 57 candidates
Here is a running list of candidates I’ve received from fans:
Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey Sr, Lou Piniella, Jack McKeon, Brad Ausmus, Charlie Manuel, Bronson Arroyo, Jason Giambi, Joe Girardi, Bob Brenly, Sean Casey, Matt Williams, Chris Speier, Jim Riggleman, Barry Larkin, Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, Mike Scioscia, Joe Maddon, Dave Martinez, Ron Oester, Terry Pendleton, Ozzie Guillen, Scott Rolen, Miguel Cairo, Corky Miller, Larry Bowa, Aaron Boone, Bryan Price, Joe Price, Scott Hatteberg, David Bell, Pete Mackanin, Paul O’Neill, Mark McGwire, Rick Sweet, Davey Johnson, Buddy Bell, Jose Oquendo, Jim Tracy, Manny Acta, Orel Hershiser, John Kruk, Mike Aldrete, Dave Trembley, Rick Dempsey, Juan Samuel, Delino Deshields, Eric Wedge, Robby Thompson, Chip Hale, Torey Lovullo, Joey Cora, Lloyd McClendon, Billy Hatcher.

If the Reds pass over Price, they will loose the best pitching coach in the business. I know a good pitching coach does not necessary mean a great manager, but in this case I think so.
I feel the real problem with the Reds is 2 fold, they need longer bats to swing at all the balls they swing at, and, 2) no club house leader. I have been following the Reds since 1958.

Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I
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I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.
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