The Washington Nationals announced this morning that 34-year-old outfielder Jayson Werth was named as the Nats' nominee for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award. The award recognizes each league's "most outstanding offensive performer" according to the Nationals' press release. In his third season in the nation's capital, Werth finished with a .318/.398/.532 line, 24 doubles and 25 HRs in 129 games and 534 plate appearances.
The veteran right fielder posted the highest batting average and on-base percentage of his career, tied his career high slugging percentage, and posted a career-best wOBA (.403) and wRC+ (160). The Nationals broke down the numbers in the press release on the nomination:
"Werth was the only National Leaguer to rank among the Senior Circuit’s top five in OPS (3rd, .931), slugging percentage (3rd, .532), batting average (5th) and on-base percentage (5th, .398).
"Werth also ranked among NL leaders in weighted on-base average (first, .403), pitches/plate appearance (first, 4.24), runs created/27 outs (3rd, 7.71), secondary average (5th, .364), at-bats/homer (6th, 18.48) and home runs (tied 9th).
"'Jayson was consistently fantastic this season not only at the plate, but in the field, on the basepaths, and in the clubhouse,'" Nats' GM Mike Rizzo says in the release. "'He answered the call wherever he was asked to hit in the lineup, batting in every spot from leadoff through the six-hole. The essence of Jayson is that he is selfless and will do whatever it takes to win a game. He’s the ultimate teammate.'"
• Fans can vote for the winner of the 2013 Hank Aaron Award HERE and a "special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron," will "join fans" in voting for the 2013 winners of the award. The panel includes Aaron, "Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount."
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