The Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of seven National League finalists for the Hank Aaron Award, and fans can weigh in and support him through Friday.
The award honors baseball’s top hitter in each league. Online fan voting contributes to the decision, governed by a panel of baseball Hall of Famers.
Tatis, in his third season, led the NL with 42 home runs while batting .282 and driving in 97 runs. The shortstop, an MVP candidate as well, excelled despite missing more than 30 games due to a nagging shoulder injury.
Other NL finalists: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco; Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati; Freddie Freeman, Atlanta; Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis; Bryce Harper, Philadelphia, and Juan Soto, Washington.
In the American League, the finalists are: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels; Matt Olson, Oakland; Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto; Aaron Judge, New York; Cedric Mullins, Baltimore; Salvador Perez, Kansas City, and José Ramîrez, Cleveland.
The award, introduced in 1999, honors Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s long-time home run record in 1974. He died in January.
Voting ends at 9 p.m. Friday.