Clayton Kershaw’s historic season garnered plenty of attention, but he isn’t the only Los Angeles Dodger player who set the bar this season.
Dee Gordon led the Majors with 64 stolen bases, and Adrian Gonzalez led MLB with 116 RBIs, to go with a .276 batting average and 27 home runs, which led the Dodgers and was good for sixth-best in the National League.
Gonzalez surpassed 100 RBIs for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and as a result of his offensive production, was named the Dodgers’ representative for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award. The award, which was introduced in 1999, recognizes the outstanding offensive performer from each League.
After enduring a slump in late-May and into June, Gonzalez bounced back with an impressive July that he built upon in August. During August, Gonzalez hit .337, which tied a season-high for batting average during one month and collected 32 hits — the most during a calendar month this year.
Gonzalez is the last Dodger to lead the Majors in RBIs since Matt Kemp did so in 2011 — the year he also finished as NL MVP runner-up. The first baseman has been a force for the Dodgers dating back to his arrival in 2012 as he leads the team in hits (377), home runs (52), RBIs (238) and games played (352).
Online voting is open until 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 5. Aaron leads a group of Hall of Fame panelists who will join the fans in voting for a fifth consecutive year. Among those on the panel are, Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench and Eddie Murray.
Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks was last year’s NL winner with Miguel Cabrera taking home the honor for the AL. Each team has one finalist nominated and the award will be presented during the World Series.