TORONTO -- Aaron Hill and Adam Lind were not in the discussion for the American League's Most Valuable Player Award, but the powerful Blue Jays duo did receive some consideration on the ballots that were revealed Monday.
As anticipated, Twins catcher Joe Mauer ran away with the AL MVP, garnering 27 of a possible 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Hill finished 12th in balloting, and Lind was not far behind, placing 15th overall.
Earlier this month, Hill and Lind each received AL Silver Slugger Awards, honoring them as the league's top offensive performers at their respective positions. Hill, who also was named the AL's Comeback Player of the Year, captured the Silver Slugger at second base, while Lind took home the same accolade as a designated hitter.
As a duo, Hill and Lind became only the second Blue Jays teammates in team history to finish with at least 35 homers, 35 doubles and 100 RBIs in the same season. The 222 combined RBIs for the pair were the most in a season by a Toronto duo since 2003. It was a powerful combination that the club hopes Hill and Lind can create for years to come.
Over 158 games this season for the Blue Jays, Hill finished with a .286 average, 36 home runs, 37 doubles and 108 RBIs. He also ended with 195 hits, 103 runs scored and 340 total bases along the way. Among Major League second basemen, Hill ranked first in home runs, RBIs, total bases and at-bats (682).
On June 28 against the Phillies, Hill belted two home runs to give him 19 on the season, establishing a new single-season club record for long balls by a second baseman with three months to play. When it was all said and done, Hill's 36 homers and 108 RBIs set franchise marks for single-season production by a middle infielder.
Hill's home run total -- the third-highest for an AL second baseman -- was also the most in one season for a player at his position since Alfonso Soriano clubbed 38 for the Yankees in 2003. The 108 RBIs that Hill collected were the most in one campaign by a second baseman since Bret Boone's 117 with the Mariners in '03.
Hill missed most of the 2008 season after suffering a serious concussion early in the year.
Lind, who served primarily as a DH for the Jays this past season, ended his breakout year batting .305 with a .370 on-base percentage and a .562 slugging percentage, belting 35 homers with 46 doubles, 93 runs scored and 114 RBIs. Among all hitters in the AL, the 26-year-old Lind finished in the top five in homers, doubles, RBIs, extra-base hits (81) and total bases (330).
Lind became the first left-handed hitter from the Jays to notch at least 100 RBIs since Carlos Delgado in 2003, and, among a substantial list of feats, he set a franchise record with six RBIs on Opening Day in a 12-5 win over the Tigers. Lind also enjoyed a two-homer, eight-RBI outburst in an 18-10 victory over the Rangers on Aug. 31.