Rafael Devers was the big absentee among Hank Aaron award finalists


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Rafael Devers was the big absentee among Hank Aaron award finalists

Rafael Devers commanded multiple offensive departments among third basemen in the Major Leagues and despite this, he culminated outside the group of candidates for the award that recognizes the best hitter on each circuit.

The finalists for the Hank Aaron award They have finally been announced and among them are four Dominicans who had stellar seasons with their Major League Baseball teams. Is about Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Jose Ramirez on the American league, while Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto were those announced by the “Old Circuit”.

Additionally, some of the most prolific hitters of the season were included, which speaks to the offensive quality that existed in the middle of a season dominated by batting. The others selected were Cedric Mullins (Orioles), Salvador Perez (Royals), Shohei ohtani (Angels), Aaron Judge (Yankees) and Matt olson (Athletics) in the “Young Circuit” and in the National League complete Freddie freeman (Braves), Nick Castellanos (Reds), Bryce harper (Phillies), Brandon crawford (Giants) and Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals).

Particularly in the American league There is a name that is not included and that after a great offensive season, in which he headed multiple departments among MLB third basemen, it is striking that he has not been nominated for the award. Is about Rafael Devers, the third baseman of Boston Red Sox.

Devers finished second in batting average among third basemen with .279, sixth in on-base percentage (OBP) with .352, co-leader in slugging (SLG) alongside Jose Ramirez with .538 and third in OPS with .890. Additionally, he dispatched 38 home runs and drove in 113 runs (leading both departments among third bases in 2021).

Among the finalists for the American league, these numbers place Devers above some of the finalists, in fact, except for batting average, Cedric Mullins He is below the Dominican in all possible offensive categories, his only clear advantage being the number of stolen bases.

Compared to his compatriot Jose Ramirez, both had extremely even numbers, however, Devers he outscored him in homers, RBIs, batting average and total bases.

In short, the nominees for the award have many reasons to be included, but the reality is that leaving out Rafael DeversAfter an extremely productive season, it seems like an absence that has no explanation.


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