Luis Aparicio Award

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Luis Aparicio Award
At U.S. Cellular Field, a bronze statue depicts a baseball player stepping on the base and leaning forward to catch a baseball being flipped to him.
A bronze statue of Luis Aparicio, the namesake of the award
Location Maracaibo, Zulia
Country Venezuela
First awarded 2004
Currently held by José Altuve, Houston Astros

The Luis Aparicio Award is given annually to a Venezuelan player in Major League Baseball (MLB) who is judged to have recorded the best individual performance in that year. The winner of the award is determined by a vote conducted by Venezuelan sports journalists and Spanish-language media around the world.[1] It is named after former MLB shortstop Luis Aparicio,[1] who is the only player from Venezuela to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.[2] The award was first presented in 2004, and was created in order to honour Aparicio's major league career and to commemorate his father, who died thirteen years before his son was elected into the Hall of Fame.[3]

Johan Santana and Miguel Cabrera are the only players to win the Luis Aparicio Award more than once, with the latter having won the award four times.[4] Cabrera won the MLB Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award and Hank Aaron Award alongside the Luis Aparicio Award in 2012 and 2013,[5][6] becoming the first and—as of 2013—only Venezuelan to win the MLB MVP Award.[7][8] Santana, the 2004 and 2006 recipient, also won the Cy Young Award in those two years,[5] winning by a unanimous vote on each occasion.[9] Santana (2006) and Cabrera (2012) are the only award winners to also earn the pitching and batting Triple Crown respectively in the same season.[10] In accomplishing the feat, Cabrera became the first player in 45 years to achieve a Triple Crown in batting since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967,[11] while Santana became the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1985 to secure a "Major League Triple Crown" by leading all of MLB in wins, earned run average and strikeouts.[12] Francisco Rodríguez compiled a major league record of 62 saves in a single season in 2008 and went on to win the Rolaids Relief Man Award in the same year as the Luis Aparicio Award.[13][14][15] Three winners—Cabrera, Magglio Ordóñez and Carlos González—were batting champions in their respective leagues in the same year they won the award.[16]

The award is presented annually before a baseball game hosted by the local team, Águilas del Zulia, on November 18 in Aparicio's hometown of Maracaibo, Zulia.[4] The date marks both the feast of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá—the patron saint of Zulia[17]—and the anniversary of Aparicio's professional debut.[3] As of 2014, the most recent recipient of the award is José Altuve of the Houston Astros.[18]

Winners[edit]

A man in a grey baseball uniform with the word "Detroit" written across the chest holding a baseball bat.
Miguel Cabrera won the award a record four times.
A man in a white baseball uniform with the word "Mets" written across the chest delivers a pitch.
Johan Santana won the award in its inaugural year and is the only player other than Cabrera to win it on multiple occasions.
Key
Year Links to the article about the corresponding baseball year
Player (X) Denotes winning player and number of times they had won the award at that point (if more than one)
Team The player's team at the time he won the award
Position The player's position at the time he won the award
double-dagger Player is active
Winners
Year Player Position Team Ref(s)
2004 Santana, JohanJohan Santanadouble-dagger Starting pitcher Minnesota Twins [19][20]
2005 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabreradouble-dagger Outfielder Florida Marlins [21][22]
2006 Santana, JohanJohan Santanadouble-dagger (2) Starting pitcher Minnesota Twins [19][20]
2007 Ordóñez, MagglioMagglio Ordóñez Outfielder Detroit Tigers [23][24]
2008 Rodríguez, FranciscoFrancisco Rodríguezdouble-dagger Relief pitcher Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [25]
2009 Hernández, FélixFélix Hernándezdouble-dagger Starting pitcher Seattle Mariners [26][27]
2010 González, CarlosCarlos Gonzálezdouble-dagger Outfielder Colorado Rockies [28][29]
2011 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabreradouble-dagger (2) First baseman Detroit Tigers [21][30]
2012 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabreradouble-dagger (3) Third baseman Detroit Tigers [21][31]
2013 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabreradouble-dagger (4) Third baseman Detroit Tigers [21][32]
2014 Altuve, JoséJosé Altuvedouble-dagger Second baseman Houston Astros [33][18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ a b "Going To The Big Time". The Miami Herald. October 26, 2005. Retrieved November 13, 2012. Miguel Cabrera...was named winner of the Luis Aparicio players award, presented to the top Venezuelan in the major leagues. [He] edged Minnesota pitcher Johan Santana and Angels' closer Francisco Rodriguez in a vote of 100 journalists from the Venezuelan and international Spanish-language media.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ van Dyck, Dave (February 9, 2010). "Out of retirement: No. 11 goes to Vizquel". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Landino, Leonte. "Luis Aparicio". The Baseball Biography Project. Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Luis Aparicio Award". Baseball-Almanac.com. Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Most Valuable Player MVP Awards & Cy Young Awards Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hank Aaron Award & Branch Rickey Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ Beck, Jason (November 15, 2012). "Miggy beats Trout to add AL MVP to collection". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ Fine, Larry (November 15, 2012). "Detroit's Cabrera wins AL MVP award". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Santana unanimous choice for AL Cy Young Award". ESPN (ESPN Internet Ventures). Associated Press. November 18, 2006. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Triple Crown Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ Beck, Jason (October 4, 2012). "Miggy secures first Triple Crown since 1967". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ Sherman, Joel (June 22, 2012). "Claims to 'Fame' – Work left for Johan, CC before Hall is certainty". New York Post. p. 84. Retrieved April 17, 2014.  (subscription required)
  13. ^ "Rookie of the Year Awards & Rolaids Relief Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ Spencer, Lyle; Schwartz, Michael (September 14, 2008). "K-Rod nabs single-season saves mark". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Saves". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Yearly League Leaders & Records for Batting Average". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ Santoro, Nicholas J. (August 12, 2011). Mary in Our Life: Atlas of the Names and Titles of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and Their Place in Marian Devotion. iUniverse. p. 671. ISBN 9781462040223. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "José Altuve ganó el premio Luis Aparicio". El Universal (in Spanish). Caracas. October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  19. ^ a b "Johan Santana Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Rockies bench slump-ridden center fielder". Star Tribune (Minneapolis–Saint Paul). October 28, 2007. Retrieved November 12, 2012. Twins pitcher Johan Santana was the first winner in 2004 and again in 2006. 
  21. ^ a b c d "Miguel Cabrera Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  22. ^ Mijares, Darrym (October 24, 2005). "Cabrera wins Luis Aparicio awards ... Sunday's baseball results". VHeadline.com (Venezuela Headline). Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Magglio Ordóñez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  24. ^ Gage, Tom (October 28, 2007). "Ordonez gets award from Venezuelan media". The Detroit News. Retrieved April 17, 2014.  (subscription required)
  25. ^ "Francisco Rodríguez Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Félix Hernández Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  27. ^ Baker, Geoff (November 18, 2009). "Felix Hernandez finally gets some hardware to take home". The Seattle Times. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Carlos González Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  29. ^ Harding, Thomas (October 28, 2010). "CarGo takes home Aparicio Award". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  30. ^ Beck, Jason (October 20, 2011). "Cabrera unanimous winner of Aparicio Award". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  31. ^ Schmehl, James (October 27, 2012). "Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera wins Hank Aaron Award, given to league's top offensive player". mlive.com. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Miguel Cabrera gana el premio Luis Aparicio con unanimidad". El Universal (in Spanish). Caracas. October 24, 2013. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  33. ^ "José Altuve Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 25, 2014.