It’s that time of year again. Offseason for baseball means it is time to recognize those that had remarkable seasons. Today the finalists for the Hank Aaron Award were announced, and Domonic Brown has the honor of being a nominee.
Brown wasn’t even sure if he would be starting for the Philadelphia Phillies to start this season. The outfield was not set, and it was a competition to see who would be getting the everyday jobs. Brown proved to the front office he was the man for left field, but did he do enough to win this honorable award?
The Hank Aaron Award is given out to the player who had the overall best offense during the season. There is one winner in both the American and National League to honor Aaron’s home run that passed Babe Ruth’s all-time record.
Brown’s offense was good all season, but May and June were his best months. In May he had an average of .303 and .278 in June. Brown hit 18 home runs and drove in 46 RBI during those two months, and he was voted player of the week twice in a row along with player of the month for May. Those two months alone could get him nominated.
The rest of the season Brown was able to stay consistent. He did cool off, but he was still able to put the bat on the ball. He was one of the main contributors to a struggling offense.
His season totals featured an average of .272 with 52 extra base hits, 27 of which were home runs. He also knocked in 83 runs and scored 65. Some may say these numbers are not that impressive, but I think they are impressive as it was his first season playing left field full-time.
Brown is up against tough competition. One player also nominated is Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who seems to be the favorite to win the National League MVP award. I think it will be a close competition as the winner is decided on by the fans and press.
Brown impressed the city of Philadelphia this season. Many people were hesitant if he could handle the outfield for a whole season, but he showed everyone he could along with bringing some offense. Brown is a talented player and deserves to be recognized.