The reigning N.L. MVP Pujols batted
.327 with a career-high 47 home runs, 135 runs batted in, 124 runs scored and five grand slams.
The award marked the second time that both of the future
Hall of Fame players earned the honor. Pujols previously won for the N.L. in 2003 and Jeter for the A.L. in 2005. Aaron
praised Jeter and Pujols for winning the prestigious award shortly after an announcement was made.
It is truly an honor that my name is in the award that for the past ten years has recognized
the most outstanding offensive performer in each League," said Hank Aaron. "Derek and Albert will surely join me
one day in the Hall of Fame, and their tremendous seasons this year remind me of my own playing days and the wonderful and
diverse talent in the game today."
The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor
the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award
introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years. Past recipients include the likes of Barry Bonds and Jeter’s
teammate Alex Rodriguez.
Jeter is currently in the middle of the World Series seeking his fifth championship
in which his team is leading three games to two against the defending World Champion Philadelphia
Phillies. Pujols’ Cardinals were eliminated in the N.L. Divisional Series by the Los Angeles