Kris Bryant wins 2016 Hank Aaron Award


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Cary Edmondson - USA Today Sports
Cary Edmondson - USA Today Sports

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was named winner of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award for most outstanding performer in the National League. David "Big Papi" Ortiz won it for the American League.

Aaron was in attendance to give the award to Bryant and was complimentary of Bryant and all the talent throughout baseball.

"It is an honor that the awards, which distinguish the top offensive performers in baseball, have my name on it," Aaron said. "I want to congratulate Kris and David on their terrific seasons and extend my thanks to the Hall of Famers and fans who once again helped select the winners."

In 2016, Bryant batted .292 with 35 doubles, 39 homers, 102 RBIs, and an on-base percentage of .385. He also led the National League with 121 runs scored.

For his career, he is batting .284 with 65 dingers and 201 RBIs. Bryant is also a favorite to win the National League MVP award.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon has been impressed by Bryant all year long.

"To be a young player in KB's shoes and win that award and have that particular man present it to you, it's very impressive," Maddon said.

The last Cubs player to win the award before Bryant was Aramis Ramirez in 2008.

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