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2016 MLB Silver Slugger Winners

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The 2016 Silver Sluggers Winners have been announced for both leagues with three Boston Players including and a Red Sox all-time Legend David Ortiz, who collected his seventh of his career. What is also great about this group of winners is that a total of 11 have won the coveted award for the first time in their careers, eight in the NL and three in the AL.

The winners below were selected by managers and coaches, as the top hitter at their respective positions. Key to point out is that each player could not be voted on by their own team.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Catcher: Salvador Perez, Royals

The four-time all-star won his fourth straight award behind the dish. Perez finished 2016 batting .247, with 28 doubles, 22 home runs, 64 RBI’s and a .438 SLG %.

First base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

The 11-time all-star won his seventh straight Silver Slugger award, and 11 all time. In 2016, he had a huge bounce back season batting .316, with 31 doubles, 38 home runs, 108 RBI’s, and a .563 SLG%.

Second base: Jose Altuve, Astros

The four-time all-star, won his third straight award and fourth overall in his brief six year career. In 2016 he enjoyed career highs in doubles, (42), triples (5), home runs (24), RBI’s (96), walks (60), and SLG% (.531).

Third base: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays

The three-time all-star and 2015 MLB MVP, won his third straight Silver Slugger award. In 2016, he batted .284, with 32 doubles, five triples, 37 home runs, 99 RBIs, 109 walks, and a .549 SLG%. 

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox

The first-time all-star won his first Silver Slugger award of his career. In 2016, he batted .294, with 34 doubles, 21 home runs, 89 RBI’s, 13 stolen bases, and a .446 SLG%.

Outfield: Mookie Betts, Red Sox

The 23-year old and first time all-star, won his first Silver Slugger of his career. In 2016, he put up big numbers in just his third MLB season, with 42 doubles, five triples, 31 home runs, 113 RBI’s 26 stolen bases, and a .534 SLG%.

Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels

The five-time all-star won his fifth straight Silver Slugger award of his career. In 2016, he batted .315, with 32 doubles, five triples, 29 home runs, 100 RBIs, 30 stolen bases, a .550 SLUG% and led the league with 116 walks and a .441 OBP%.

Outfield: Mark Trumbo, Orioles

The two-time all-star won his second Silver Slugger award of his career. In 2016 he batted .257, with 27 doubles, a league leading 47 home runs, 108 RBI’s, 51 walks, and a .533 SLG%.

Designated hitter: David Ortiz, Red Sox

What a way to end a career. The Red Sox Legend, 10 time all-star and soon to be Hall of Famer, won  his 10th Silver Slugger award and first since 2013. In 2016, he led the league with 48 doubles, launched 38 home runs and drove in 127 runs, his best since he had 54/137 in 2006. Ortiz also walked 80 times, and led the league with a .620 SLG%. 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Catcher: Wilson Ramos , Nationals

Ramos became a first time all-star and Silver Slugger winner in 2016 after batting .307 with 25 doubles, 22 home runs, 80 RBI’s and a .496 SLG%

First base: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

The three-time all-star won his third Silver Slugger award of his career.  In 2016, he batted .292, with 43 doubles, four triples, 32 home runs, 109 RBIs, 74 walks and a .544 SLG%.

Second base: Daniel Murphy, Nationals

After helping the New York Mets reach the 2015 World Series, Murphy took his growing talents to Washington and in 2016 he became a second-time all-star to go along with his second Silver Slugger award. In 2016, he impressed with career highs with 47 doubles, five triples, 25 home runs, 104 RBI’s and a .595 SLG%.

Third base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies

The two-time all-star put up monster numbers for the second season in a row to go along with winning his second straight Silver Slugger award. In 2016, he batted .294, with 35 doubles, six triples, 41 RBIs, league leading 133 RBIs, 68 walks and a .570 SLG%.

Shortstop: Corey Seager, Dodgers

In his first full season in the majors, the 22 year old and first time all-star, won his first Silver Slugger of his career. In 2016, he batted .308, with 40 doubles, five triples, 26 home runs, 72 RBI’s, 54 walks and a .512 SLG%.

Outfield: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies

The one-time all-star won his second Silver Slugger award and first since the 2014 season. In 2016, he batted .324, with 35 doubles, five triples, 29 home runs, 82 RBIs, and a .552 SLG%.

Outfield: Yoenis Cespedes, Mets

The two-time all-star won his second Silver Slugger award and first since the 2014 season.  In 2016, he batted .280, with 25 doubles, 31 triples, 86 RBIs, 51 walks and a .530 SLG%.

Outfield: Christian Yelich, Marlins

The 24-year old won his first Silver Slugger of his career.  In 2016, he batted .298, with 38 doubles, three triples, 21 home runs, 98 RBI’s, 72 walks and a .483 SLG%.

Pitcher: Jake Arrieta, Cubs

A first time all-star in 2016, he also earned his first Silver Slugger award of his career.  In 2016, the starting pitcher batted .262, with two doubles, a triple, two home runs, seven RBI’s and a .415 SLG% in 65 at bats.

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