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Louisville Slugger's Silver Slugger Award is the top offensive honor in Major League Baseball. the selection process works like this: every organization has four representatives from its coaching staff who get to vote on the year's Sluggers. at the end of the regular season, those managers and designated coaches then pick the players they believe are the best offensively at each fielding position in both leagues, along with the DH in the American League and pitcher in the National League. statistical criteria, particularly batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as a player's overall offensive value to his team factor heavily into the decision. note: voters cannot choose any players from their own ballclub.
the Silver Slugger Award, created by Louisville Slugger bats manufacturer Hillerich & Bradsby, originated in 1980 as an extension of the Silver Bat Award, a silver-plated bat that Louisville Slugger gave to the AL and NL batting champions. the Silver Slugger hardware is three feet long and features the winner's name engraved on it in addition to the rest of the Silver Slugger winners within their specific league.
while Lindor played exclusively at short this year, Ramirez spent time at 3rd and 2nd base before permanently moving to 2nd in September once newly acquired Josh Donaldson was ready to get on the field with the Tribe. now let's see some of Lindor and Ramirez's rankings in 2018.
among all qualifying AL shortstops, Lindor ranked:
1st in hits (183)
1st in extra base hits (82)
1st in home runs (38)
1st in runs (129)
1st in walks (70)
1st in total bases (343)
2nd in doubles (42)
2nd in RBI (92)
2nd in OBP (.352)
2nd in SLG (.519)
2nd in OPS (.871)
3rd in stolen bases (25)
4th in batting average (.277)
among all qualifying AL 3rd basemen, Ramirez ranked:
1st in home runs (39)
1st in RBI (105)
1st in runs (110)
1st in walks (106)
1st in stolen bases (34)
1st in total bases (319)
1st in SLG (.552)
1st in OPS (.939)
2nd in extra base hits (81)
2nd in OBP (.387)
3rd in hits (156)
3rd in triples (4)
4th in doubles (38)
5th in batting average (.270)
Lindor and Ramirez are now back-to-back Silver Slugger winners, having initially taken the award home in 2017. the last pair of Indians to collect Silver Sluggers in consecutive seasons were Roberto Alomar and Manny Ramirez in 1999 and 2000, according to Joe Noga's cleveland.com article.
prior to Lindor and Ramirez, the previous Indians/duo to win this award were Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes--Silver Slugger winners in 2014. the outfielder and catcher, respectively, then became the first twosome to obtain the accolade since Alomar and Ramirez in 2000.
the only other Cleveland Indians to be named a Silver Slugger after the year 2000 are Juan Gonzalez (2001), Victor Martinez (2004), and Asdrubal Cabrera (2011).
the complete list of 2018 American League Silver Slugger winners includes:
OF Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
OF Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox
1B Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
2B Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
SS Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
3B Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
DH J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox
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every winner receives a $50,000 bonus. (and apparently Martinez gets $100K for his double win. is it really fair that he's considered an OF and a DH, though? don't get me started.) congrats again, Frankie & Josey!💰
do you agree with this year's Slugger selections or do you think someone got robbed? comment below!
btw, the Indians sent out an email on October 12 saying Brantley was on the Silver Slugger watch list, yet he wasn't even one of the six OF finalists. seeing as how he finished 2018 with just 17 home runs and 76 RBI, i didn't really think Michael had much of a chance to emerge victorious here. so that was weird.🤷 on the other hand, Gomes was one of three finalists for his Silver Slugger catcher category.
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