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David Peralta + Paul Goldschmidt win Silver Sluggers

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It’s the first win for the Freight Train, and the fourth for Goldy

Seattle Mariners v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, announced the 2018 Silver Slugger Awards tonight in a special hour-long telecast exclusively on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is the top offensive award in Major League Baseball, with the top players at each position in each league selected in a vote by MLB coaches and managers. There were two winners from the Arizona Diamondbacks among the National League awards. David Peralta took home an outfield Silver Slugger, and Paul Goldschmidt repeated his victory from last season at first-base. Not bad for a team whose offense was a weak spot - the Rockies were the only other NL side with more than one representative.

Elsewhere, J.D. Martinez managed the unprecedented feat of winning two Silver Sluggers in the American League, both as a designated hitter and outfielder. [SOB...] Mike Trout took home his sixth Silver Slugger Award, Jose Altuve won his fifth, while Nolan Arenado and Goldschmidt won their fourth Silver Sluggers. At the other end, there are six first-time winners this year, all of whom come from the National League: Javier Báez, Trevor Story, J.T. Realmuto, Peralta, Nick Markakis, and German Márquez. If you want to know why big contracts for older players tend to be an issue, 12 of the 2018 Silver Slugger winners this season are under 30 years old.

Here’s a full list of the winners in both leagues, and their stats.

American League

  • 1B: José Abreu, age 31, Chicago White Sox - .265 BA, 22 HR, 78 RBI, .798 OPS (2nd award – ’14, ’18)
  • 2B: Jose Altuve, 28, Houston Astros - .316 BA, 13 HR, 61 RBI, .837 OPS (5th – ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18)
  • SS: Francisco Lindor, 24, Cleveland Indians - .277 BA, 38 HR, 92 RBI, .871 OPS (2nd – ’17, ’18)
  • 3B: José Ramírez, 25, Cleveland Indians - .270 BA, 39 HR, 105 RBI, .939 OPS (2nd – ’17, ’18)
  • C: Salvador Perez, 28, Kansas City Royals - .235 BA, 27 HR, 80 RBI, .713 OPS (2nd – ’16, ’18)
  • OF: Mookie Betts, 25, Boston Red Sox - .346 BA, 32 HR, 80 RBI, 1.078 OPS, 30 SB (2nd – ’16, ’18)
  • OF: Mike Trout, 26, Los Angeles Angels - .312 BA, 39 HR, 79 RBI, 1.088 OPS (6th – ’12, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16, ‘18)
  • OF & DH: J.D. Martinez, 30, Boston Red Sox - .330 BA, 43 HR, 130 RBI, 1.031 OPS (2nd and 3rd – ’15, ’18, ’18)

National League

  • 1B: Paul Goldschmidt, 30, Arizona Diamondbacks - .290 BA, 33 HR, 83 RBI, .922 OPS (4th – ’13, ’15, ’17, ’18)
  • 2B: Javier Báez, 25, Chicago Cubs - .290 BA, 34 HR, 111 RBI, .881 OPS (1st – ’18)
  • SS: Trevor Story, 25, Colorado Rockies - .291 BA, 37 HR, 108 RBI, .914 OPS (1st – ’18)
  • 3B: Nolan Arenado, 27, Colorado Rockies - .297 BA, 38 HR, 110 RBI, .935 OPS (4th – ’15, ’16, ’17, ’18)
  • C: J.T. Realmuto, 27, Miami Marlins - .277 BA, 21 HR, 74 RBI, .825 OPS (1st – ’18)
  • OF: Christian Yelich, 26, Milwaukee Brewers - .326 BA, 36 HR, 110 RBI, 1.000 OPS, 22 SB (2nd – ’16, ’18)
  • OF: David Peralta, 30, Arizona Diamondbacks - .293 BA, 30 HR, 87 RBI, .868 OPS (1st – ’18)
  • OF: Nick Markakis, 34, Atlanta Braves - .297 BA, 14 HR, 93 RBI, .806 OPS (1st – ’18)
  • P: German Márquez, 23, Colorado Rockies - .300 BA, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .650 OPS (1st – ’18)