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White Sox's Alex Rios a finalist for Hank Aaron Award

Chicago White Sox Alex Rios' excellent season has earned him the team's nominee for the 2012 Hank Aaron Award.

Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

After a disappointing 2011 campaign, Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios bounced back in 2012 with perhaps the finest season of his career. Rios' excellent year has earned him the team's nominee for the 2012 Hank Aaron Award.

In 2012, Rios hit .304 with 25 home runs and 91 RBI. All three of those were high marks for his career. He also racked up 184 hits, scored 93 runs and stole 23 bases. He was the cornerstone of a White Sox team that surprised a lot of people this year before collapsing at the end of season.

The Hank Aaron Award is presented annually to the top offensive player in each league. American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera is most certainly the AL front-runner after his monster season.

The winner is determined by a combination of fan voting and a panel of select Hall of Famers. Fan voting can be done here and closes Tuesday, Oct. 16.