Heyward is finalist for Hank Aaron Award

Jason Heyward, who caught the ceremonial first pitch from Hank Aaron on Opening Day in 2010, is now a finalist for the annual award named for the Braves legend.

The right fielder is Atlanta’s finalist for the 2012 Hank Aaron Award, which recognizes the most outstanding offensive player in each league.

In his third major league season, Heyward hit .269 and led the Braves with 63 extra-base hits and 27 home runs while setting career-highs in RBIs (82) and stolen bases (21). He had a .335 on-base percentage and .479 slugging percentage, including .345 and .530 marks in road games.

“I think Jason probably matured as a player more than anyone I’ve seen in a long time,” said Braves general manager Frank Wren, adding that the team considered Heyward “probably the best right fielder out there.”

The Aaron award winner in each league will be chosen by a combination of fan voting and a panel of Hall of Famers including Aaron, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan and Robin Yount. Fan voting began Wednesday and continues through Oct. 16 at MLB.com and MLB.com’s individual team sites.

The winners will be announced during the World Series.

27 comments Add your comment

Don Won

October 10th, 2012
3:02 pm

Not going to say it. Congrats Jason Heyward.

Mikey

October 10th, 2012
3:22 pm

Now lock him up for the next 5 years, ala Chipper & McCann. Freeman too.

FRANK WREN IS PURE BS

October 10th, 2012
3:25 pm

Every word that proceeds from the mouth of Frank Wren is nothing but pure BS. Fire Fredi Gonzalez. Trade or release JJ and Tommy Hanson. Trade Brian McCann while he still has some value.

Seriously

October 10th, 2012
6:40 pm

Chipper's Southern Bell

October 10th, 2012
7:40 pm

This should be publicized more.

K Conway

October 10th, 2012
7:53 pm

You got to be kidding! Should be traded while they have a chance!!

K Conway

October 10th, 2012
7:53 pm

You got to be kidding! Should be traded while they have a chance!!

Bobby's Beer Belly

October 10th, 2012
9:02 pm

Doesn’t deserve it!

UKUGA

October 10th, 2012
11:53 pm

I remember when Bud Selig first introduced this award back in the late 1990’s. He said at the time that he wanted it to someday rival the league MVP award.

It barely even gets mentioned when it’s announced.

Teddy B

October 11th, 2012
2:04 am

Stop being so ignorant K Conway! J-Hey is our future, sorry if he’s not the right color for you to appreciate his ability and be a fan. I hate to break it to you, but Jason Heyward is our next franchise player. The good ol’ boys always get butthurt about that fact but its true.

Nobody on our team has the unique blend of 5 tools that Mr. Heyward has, and he’s going to be a heck of a ball player the next 20 years. I hope we can hang on to him as long as possible.

Teddy B

October 11th, 2012
2:12 am

The first thing a good ol’ boy will say about J-Hey being our main face of the franchise is “but Freddie Freeman….”. I hate to break it to you, as great of a player as Freddie Freeman is and will be, Freddie Freeman doesn’t have as many ways to tear an opponent apart as Jason Heyward. He can get an infield hit and steal second with ease, crack a double off the outfield wall, or he could just skip all the small talk and go long on a towering HR deep into the upper deck. Freddie Freeman has power and is a good contact hitter. J-Hey has many more facets to his game.

He’s not the best offensive player of the year though, not yet. He just might be next year if he builds on from the 2012 season.

robby gregg

October 11th, 2012
2:34 am

i cant believe some of the idiotic things i read on here by the commenters

Skeezix

October 11th, 2012
10:00 am

It would be so cool if Jason wins the Hank Aaron award.

Skeezix

October 11th, 2012
10:14 am

Re: Wren. When JS was the GM I would hang on to and remember later ever word he said. His comments were always interesting, to the point and meaningful–even though he often had to pick his words carefully due to on going negotiations, etc. When FW speaks, there is often a lack of clarity and coherence that causes me to tune him out after a few sentences. I sometimes wonder if he just isn’t very bright.

Dnice

October 11th, 2012
11:42 am

Forget the ignorant comments. I am proud that we have the next version of Chipper and Andruw, lets hope this version is as successful as the last version and before that Aaron and Matthews. Good luck Jason we are behind you. Next year its you and Freddie’s time to put us on your back. The true fans believe in both of you.

oldmike

October 11th, 2012
12:21 pm

who are the other finalists?

HoraceProctor

October 11th, 2012
3:06 pm

I dont care what Heyward claims to be. All I know is that when we needed his bat to ring out with authority and extend our season, all he could thing of doing was striking out (whiffing). As far as I’m concerned, I would like to see Heyward traded for either Mark DeRose, Alan LaRoche or Wilson Bettement.

Dumbo

October 11th, 2012
3:47 pm

Trade him while you can, never going to be a 100 RBI guy…trade him to the Mets for Pagan and let Bourn get out of town…then find somebody stupid enough to take ugly Uggla even if you gotta pay most of his salary!

When Frank Wren Speaks.......

October 11th, 2012
3:59 pm

When Frank Wren speaks, the Bull take a big dump…………….

He is NOT WORTHY!!!

October 11th, 2012
5:16 pm

Jason Heyward is not even worthy to walk in the shadow of Hank Aaron.

Brave New World

October 11th, 2012
6:36 pm

Dumbo: Your trade scenario with the Mets might have worked better when Angel Pagan was still playing for them. Since he’s currently a Giant, any more Dumbo ideas?

Brave New World

October 11th, 2012
6:37 pm

Sorry haters, but The J-Hey Kid is the real deal.

Quack Quack

October 11th, 2012
10:53 pm

@Teddy B….Well said!!

Congratulations JHey You are the BOMB. I hope you stay a BRAVE for decades!!

Mitchell

October 12th, 2012
12:58 am

FRANK WREN IS PURE BS

October 10th, 2012
3:25 pm

Every word that proceeds from the mouth of Frank Wren is nothing but pure BS.

When you say that, you don’t mean like when he told the AJC, “We can go all the way.”?

Cause, I mean, it’s not like we don’t have a track record of post-season success.

In the ’90s.

How does the reporter not immediately say, “Based on what?”

Oh, right. It’s Atlanta.

Stoned Mountain

October 12th, 2012
2:23 pm

How in the world do so many hateful ignoramuses gather in one place? Surely cannot be happenstance….

Virginia brave

October 13th, 2012
12:01 am

Well said, Teddy B

Ken Stallings

October 13th, 2012
12:01 pm

The Braves have a very nice window of opportunity. Most teams fail because of substandard pitching staffs. But, the Braves have a very enviable advantage there. So, the Braves have a much lower bar to rise above. They truly need two quality bats in the lineup, and the most glaring spots are left field and third base. How those moves are made are the unknown, whether the moves will be made is the undecided.

Winning a World Series requires sacrifice. The ownership group, Liberty Media, appears unconcerned about making that sacrifice. That is the single most disheartening aspect of this. If $10 million was added to the payroll from last season (to make it $105 million) then the Braves could resign Bourn, sign a quality third baseman and left fielder, and be a real force to win the NL East and truly compete for a World Series title.

Compared to what other teams have to do, it is a relatively small price to pay.

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