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Luis Aparicio Award

Luis Aparicio Award
Luis Aparicio, the namesake of the award.
Location Maracaibo, Zulia
Country Venezuela
First awarded 2004
Currently held by Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

The Luis Aparicio Award is bestowed annually to a Venezuelan player in Major League Baseball (MLB) who has recorded the best individual performance in that year. It is named after former MLB shortstop Luis Aparicio,[1] who is the only player from Venezuela to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.[2] The award was created in order to honour Aparicio's major league career and to commemorate his father, who died thirteen years before his son was elected into the Hall of Fame.[3]

The award is presented annually before a baseball game hosted by the local team, Águilas del Zulia, on November 18 in Aparicio's hometown of Maracaibo, Zulia.[4] The date marks both the feast of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá—the patron saint of Zulia[5]—as well as the anniversary of Aparicio's professional debut.[3] The winner of the award is determined by a vote conducted by Venezuelan sports journalists and Spanish-language media around the world.[1]

Only two players have won the Luis Aparicio Award multiple times. Miguel Cabrera, who was honored in 2005 and from 2011 through 2013, and Johan Santana, who received it in the 2004 and 2006 seasons.

Winners


Key
Year The MLB season the award was given
Player (X) Denotes winning player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
AL American League
NL National League
RBIs Runs batted in
OBP On base percentage
SLG Slugging percentage
OPS On-base plus slugging
Player is active
Winners
Year Player Position Team Highlights Ref
2004 Santana, JohanJohan Santana Starting pitcher Minnesota Twins Unanimous choice for AL Cy Young Award [6][7]
2005 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Outfielder Florida Marlins Ranked in the top 10 in fourteen NL offensive categories [8][9]
2006 Santana, JohanJohan Santana (2) Starting pitcher Minnesota Twins AL Cy Young Award winner [6][10]
2007 Ordóñez, MagglioMagglio Ordóñez Outfielder Detroit Tigers AL batting champion [11][12]
2008 Rodríguez, FranciscoFrancisco Rodríguez Relief pitcher Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Set record for most saves in a single season [13]
2009 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernández Starting pitcher Seattle Mariners Led AL in winning percentage [14][15]
2010 González, CarlosCarlos González Outfielder Colorado Rockies NL batting champion, first in hits, second in RBIs, third in runs, fourth in home runs [16][17]
2011 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera (2) First baseman Detroit Tigers AL batting champion, first in doubles and OBP, tied for the most games played [18][19]
2012 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera (3) Third baseman Detroit Tigers AL Most Valuable Player, Triple Crown [20][21]
2013 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera (4) Third baseman Detroit Tigers AL batting champion, first in OBP, SLG and OPS, second in hits, home runs and RBIs [22][23]

See also

Baseball portal


References

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