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.
Certainly, Clint Barmes and others have contributed to the Rockies' offense, but Helton, Hawpe and Tulowitzki earned the nod for the Colorado nominations.Helton continues to provide one of the most dangerous bats in the big leagues, and his presence in the No. 3 hole keeps the Rockies rolling. He ranks among the league leaders with a .318 average and 33 doubles entering Wednesday's game. Along with surpassing the 2,000-hit mark in May, Helton has become only the fifth player in MLB history with a .325 average, 500 doubles and 320 homers, joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams and Stan Musial. Hawpe made his first All-Star appearance this summer after a spectacular first half, reaching 50 RBIs by his 60th game and coming up with one clutch hit after another. Now showing signs of emerging from a summer swoon, Hawpe already has matched his career high in doubles and is vying for his first .300 season. Tulowitzki has provided the Rockies with a bounceback season from 2008, already surpassing his totals in almost every hitting category. He has been both steady and spectacular, hitting for the cycle and becoming the first shortstop in history to go 5-for-5 with seven RBIs in a game.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.