CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye have combined for more than 600 career home runs, but the hitters in the middle of the White Sox lineup are so much more than just the long ball.
They feature keen batting eyes, the ability to produce an average somewhere in the .275 to .300 range and the nerves of steel to drive in a big run with games on the line.
Konerko and Dye have served as the driving forces behind the White Sox offense this season. Their contributions have made this duo the White Sox nominees for the Hank Aaron Award.
The Hank Aaron Award, presented by Sharp, is awarded annually to the best overall offensive performer in each league, with each club nominating its players. This is the seventh consecutive year that fans have had a voice in selecting the award winners.
Fans can vote now through Wednesday 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.
Konerko and Dye are the White Sox active leaders in home runs, RBIs and walks this season.
Speed is about the only thing missing for this pair, which has yet to steal a base this season. But you don't have to run at any more than a trot when circling the bases following a home run.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.