09/23/08 12:00 PM ET
Holliday in running by adding speed
Rockies slugger nominated for prestigious Aaron Award
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
It's his completeness that has earned him a nomination for the MLB Hank Aaron Award Presented by Sharp for offensive excellence.
Holliday is among the National League leaders in batting average, home runs and RBIs. But he has added more to his game. This season, Holliday is 27-for-29 on steals, demonstrating athletic ability and efficiency.
This coveted honor is awarded annually to the best overall offensive performer in each league, with each club having a nominee. Fans can vote until Oct. 12 to select the winner in each league. The winners will be announced prior to Game 4 of the World Series on Oct. 26. Last year's winners were Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. Originally introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, the Hank Aaron Award was the first major award to be introduced in 30 years.
It's another solid season for Holliday, a three-time All-Star Game participant who homered in this year's Midsummer Classic at Yankee Stadium. He is the first Rockies player to surpass 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season since Larry Walker did it in 1997, when he finished with 49 homers and 33 steals while winning the NL Most Valuable Player award.
Holliday finished second in NL MVP voting last season. The Rockies didn't follow up last year's success, which included their first trip to the World Series, with another strong season. However, Holliday continues to be an annual producer.
He has finished all five of his seasons with 20 or more doubles, and he's eclipsed the 35-doubles mark the last three seasons.
Over the past seven seasons, Holliday is one of seven Major Leaguers that have reached 100 home runs and 50 steals. The others are Rodriguez and then-Yankee Alfonso Soriano, Mets Carlos Beltran and David Wright, the Phillies' Chase Utley and the Indians' Grady Sizemore.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.