Ramirez hit .289 with 44 doubles, 27 home runs and 111 RBIs for the NL Central champions. Youkilis hit .312 with 43 doubles, 29 home runs and 115 RBIs for the AL wild-card winners.
Youkilis admitted it was tough being at the World Series but not playing in it. Champs last year, the Red Sox lost to Tampa Bay in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.
"I heard I'd won the award and I was, 'Oh, that's great.' Then they said you have to go the World Series and I was, 'Oh, that's not great."
Like Youkilis, Ramirez hoped to go farther in the postseason. The Cubs were chased in the division series by the Los Angeles Dodgers, leaving their fans in a funk.
"We won 97 games. Best record in the National League and we couldn't pass the first round for the second year in a row," he said. "What can I say? They've got a reason to be disappointed."
The award is named in honor of Aaron, who was on the dais at Citizens Bank Park with Youkilis and Ramirez before Game 4 between the Rays and Philadelphia. When it was mentioned that Aaron was a 23-time All-Star, Ramirez kidded, "I'm only 21 behind."