Michael Morse named Hank Aaron Award nominee


(Henny Ray Abrams/AP)

For the Nationals, Morse was an easy choice. In a breakout season at 29, Morse led the Nationals in home runs (31), batting average (.303), on-base percentage (.360), slugging (.550), OPS (.910) and RBI (95). Morse totaled 287 total bases, 50 more than his next closest teammate. Morse had a 147 OPS+, second in Nationals history only to Nick Johnson’s 149 in 2006.

Morse will be eligible for arbitration this offseason for the second time. Morse spent the majority of his season at first base, but he moved to left field in September in order to prepare himself for playing the outfield in 2012 to make room for Adam LaRoche, who will return from major shoulder surgery.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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