Hank Aaron Award
The Hank Aaron Award is an annual award in awarded to the top hitter in each Major League Baseball league. It was created in 1999 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron surpassing Babe Ruth on the career home run list. It was the first MLB award named for a living player.
In the award's first year an objective points system was used where hits, home runs and runs batted in were each given certain point values and the winner was the player who had the highest points total. In 2000, the award switched to a ballot system; each club's radio and television play-by-play broadcasters and color analysts were allowed to vote for three players in a ranked ballot. For each first-place vote a player receives five points; second-place vote, three points; and third-place vote, one point. The winner is the player with the highest point total. In 2003, fans were given the opportunity to vote through the MLB.com website with the vote accounting for 30 percent of the points, with media voting comprising the remaining 70 percent.