Felix Hernandez Runner-Up for Luis Aparicio Award
In the last month, Felix Hernandez has won an A.L. ERA crown, was named a Sporting News All-Star and was named as a finalist for an American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Hernandez was also in the running for the Luis Aparicio Award, which is given annually to a Venezuelan player in Major League Baseball 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. It is named after former MLB shortstop Luis Aparicio, who is the only player from Venezuela to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Unfortunately, Hernandez came up just short of Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Hernandez received 28 first place votes, 36 second place, 31 third place, four fourth place and one fifth place vote to finish second, ahead of Detroit’s Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera.
Hernandez won the 2009 Luis Aparicio Award after finishing second in the A.L. Cy Young Award voting, but did not repeat as the winner in 2010 after his Cy Young season.
Let’s hope history repeats itself and Felix Hernandez is named as the 2014 Cy Young Award winner next month.