PHILADELPHIA -- Derek Jeter traveled to Philadelphia expecting to get closer to baseball's ultimate prize in the World Series. As he prepared to continue chasing that goal on Sunday, he was presented with some early hardware.
"This is an outstanding award," Jeter said. "Any award that is named after Hank Aaron, to me, is very special -- what he has represented, not only in his playing days, but how he handled himself when he was playing off the field. "To this day, I have the utmost respect for him. This is an award that means a lot to me." It marked the second time Jeter has won the Aaron Award, also accepting honors in 2006 as the AL's top offensive player, as voted on by baseball fans and journalists. "This award demonstrates what an all-around ballplayer Derek has been for all these many years, and I just want to congratulate him on this award," Aaron said. "This is the second time that he's won this, and I just want to say that you can also win it a third time, too, if you want to." Albert Pujols of the Cardinals was named the National League winner of the Aaron Award, which was presented by Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig and Daisuke "Doug" Koshima, the chairman and CEO of Sharp Electronics. "I congratulate Derek and Albert for their wonderful seasons, which led to winning this prestigious award," Selig said. "And I thank our valued partner Sharp Electronics for joining MLB in recognizing these players and celebrating the greatness of Hank Aaron."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.