First baseman Eric Hosmer, who rallied after a slow start, is the Royals’ nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, which recognizes the top offensive player in each league.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
Hosmer, 23, led the Royals with a .302 average, ranked second with 17 homers and tied for third with 79 RBIs. He also led the American League with 60 multi-hit games.
Fans can vote online for the award through Oct. 10 at http://atmlb.com/GHHzux. Aaron heads a Hall of Fame panel that will select the winner in each league. Those winners will be announced at the World Series.
The Aaron Award was established in 1999 to mark the 25th anniversary of his feat in becoming baseball’s all-time home run leader. He has since yielded that distinction to Barry Bonds.
“It is a great honor that Major League Baseball recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each League with an award in my name,” Aaron said in a release announcing the finalists.
“The game is full of so many talented players today that I am thankful my fellow Hall of Famers and the fans assist in selecting the much deserving winners.”
Others on the panel include Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount.
Most of Hosmer’s production came over the final 4 1/2 months. He was batting just .244 through May 18 with one homer and 14 RBIs. Thereafter, he batted .317 and led the majors with 156 hits.
The other American League nominees:
Chris Davis, Baltimore; David Ortiz, Boston; Alexei Ramirez, Chicago; Jason Kipnis, Cleveland; Miguel Cabrera, Detroit; Jason Castro, Houston; Mike Trout, Los Angeles; Joe Mauer, Minnesota; Robinson Cano, New York; Josh Donaldson, Oakland; Kendrys Morales, Seattle; Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay; Adrian Beltre, Texas; and Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto.
Astros hire Strom
Former Royals pitching coach Brent Strom is the new pitching coach in Houston, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.
Strom, 64, rejoins the Astros after spending the last seven seasons in the St. Louis organization. He spent this season as the Cardinals’ minor-league pitching coordinator.
The Astros’ job became open last week when Doug Brocail was reassigned to duties as a senior pitching advisor and a special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow.
Strom served as the Royals’ pitching coach in 2000-01 under manager Tony Muser. Strom previously served as the Astros’ pitching coach in 1996.
It was 32 years ago Tuesday — Oct. 8, 1981 — that John Schuerholz was promoted by the Royals to replace Joe Burke as general manager.
Schuerholz also gained the title of executive vice president. He had been serving as vice president for player personnel. Burke was promoted to club president.
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