Gonzalez, the National League batting champion, earned 47 of the 100 first-place votes, 30 second-place votes and 23 third-place votes to edge out Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez for the honor. Aparicio, a Hall of Fame shortstop, is the only Venezuelan to have been inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
"I am very happy to receive this award," Gonzalez in a news release announcing the award. "It's a privilege to be recognized next to Miguel Cabrera and Felix Hernandez, and it's something I always looked forward of getting. This is very important for all Venezuelan players in the Majors."
Past winners include Johan Santana in 2004, Cabrera in '05, Santana in '06, Magglio Ordonez in '07, Francisco Rodriguez in '08 and Hernandez in '09.
The award will be presented in Maracaibo, Venezuela, during a ceremony before the Venezuelan Winter League game between Magallanes and Zulia on Nov. 18.
It was the second major award this week for Gonzalez, who was elected by his peers for the Players Choice Award as the NL's Outstanding Player.