Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been voted as the American League's top hitter for the second consecutive season. Bautista, 31, earned his second straight Hank Aaron Award on Monday, given annually to the top hitter in each league as voted on by fans and media. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp won the National League honor.
Bautista is the third player to win the award in consecutive years since its inception in 1999 and also is the fourth multi-year winner. Then-Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez won three in a row from 2001-03 and another in 2007 with the Yankees, while Barry Bonds ('01, '02 and '04) and Albert Pujols ('03, '09) also have won the award more than once. Bautista followed his 2010 breakout campaign with another impressive season in 2011, hitting .302 with a Majors-leading 43 home runs and 132 walks, 24 of which were intentional. He also led the AL in slugging percentage (.608) and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.056) while playing in 149 games for the Blue Jays.