The Tribe nominated its second baseman for the award after Kipnis posted a .284 batting average and hit 17 home runs. He also led the Indians with 84 RBI and 30 stolen bases.
Major League Baseball instituted the award in both leagues in 1999 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s career home run record.
The fans votes will count along with those of Aaron and a panel of all-time great hitters: Eddie Murray, Robin Yount, Roberto Alomar, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor and Johnny Bench.
Aaron will give the awards during the World Series. Last year’s winners were Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers in the American League and Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants in the National League.
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