Aug 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd (3) hits a single during the fourth inning of a game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The Philadelphia Phillies may not be headed to the 2014 World Series, but outfielder Marlon Byrd just might be.
Byrd is the Phillies’ finalist for the 2014 Hank Aaron Award that will be presented to the winner at the World Series. The American and National Leagues will each have a winner voted on by the fans. The 30 finalists are now eligible to get votes from fans and a panel put together by Hank Aaron himself. Roberto Alomar, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Robin Yount, Frank Thomas and Johnny Bench make up the star-studded panel.
Heading into the second year of his two-year $16 million dollar deal with Philadelphia, Byrd was a top offensive performer for the Phillies in 2014. His 25 home runs led the team and he ranked in the top three in runs (71), hits (156), doubles (28) and runs batted in (85).
The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 in honor of the 25-year anniversary of Aaron passing Babe Ruth for most career home runs.
The only member of the Phillies to ever win the award was Ryan Howard in 2006, the same year he won the Silver Slugger and Most Valuable Player awards.
Fans can vote for Byrd here until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on October 5th.