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Phillies' Aaron nominees include Ibanez

Phils' Aaron nominees include Ibanez

PHILADELPHIA -- Raul Ibanez, Chase Utley and Shane Victorino are the Phillies' candidates for this year's Hank Aaron Award.

The Hank Aaron Award, presented by Sharp, is presented annually to the best overall offensive performer in each league, with each club having three nominees. This is the seventh consecutive year that fans have had a voice in selecting the award winners.

Fans can vote through Sept. 15 to determine the club nominee, and then voting will be held Sept. 16-30 to select the winner in each league. The winners will be announced during the World Series.

Last year's winners were Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis and Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Originally introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, the Hank Aaron Award was the first major award to be introduced in 30 years.

Ibanez entered Tuesday hitting .292 with 27 home runs and 78 RBIs. He ranks fourth in the National League in slugging percentage (.597), seventh in homers and 10th in RBIs. He made his first All-Star team this year, carrying the Phillies offensively through April and May.

Utley was hitting .294 with 24 homers and 76 RBIs. He ranks fourth in the league in runs (82), seventh in on-base percentage (.414), walks (70) and game-winning RBIs (12) and ninth in homers.

Victorino was hitting .313 with 30 doubles, nine triples, nine homers, 52 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. He ranks second in the league in triples, fourth in hits (141), fourth in runs (82), seventh in doubles and ninth in average. He already has set career highs in triples. He has tied his career high in doubles.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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