Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez named finalist for Hank Aaron Award

Toronto Blue Jays' Teoscar Hernandez rounds the bases after hitting a home run. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

Toronto Blue Jays slugger Teoscar Hernandez has been recognized for his outstanding 2020 campaign by being named a finalist for the Hank Aaron Award.

The award is given annually to the best overall offensive performer in each league. Aaron and a panel of fellow Hall of Famers combine with a fan vote to determine the two winners.

Hernandez enjoyed a breakout season in 2020, slashing .289/.340/.579 with 16 home runs and 34 RBIs in 50 games. The outfielder also contributed to the Blue Jays' offence using his speed, swiping six bases in seven attempts.

The other finalists in the American League are Jose Abreu (White Sox), Jose Ramirez (Indians), Mike Trout (Angels), Nelson Cruz (Twins), DJ LeMahieu (Yankees) and Brandon Lowe (Rays.)

Toronto has been well-represented since the award's inception in 1999, winning it four times. Carlos Delgado took home the hardware in 2000, Jose Bautista went back-to-back in 2010 and 2011, and Josh Donaldson earned the honour in 2015.

Fans can vote for this year's winner here.

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