Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Three Baltimore Orioles players and all six
nominees for Most Valuable Player won Silver Slugger Awards on Wednesday.
First baseman Chris Davis, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones
gave the Orioles more winners than any other team.
Davis joined fellow American League MVP nominees Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit
Tigers and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels as recipients of the award
honoring the top major league offensive players at each position.
National League MVP nominees Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks,
Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yadier Molina of the St. Louis
Cardinals were also honored.
Six NL players won their first Silver Slugger award, including Goldschmidt and
Molina, and three captured their second.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz won his sixth award and Cabrera,
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe
Mauer captured their fifth.
Davis led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBI to win the award for the
first time, and third baseman Cabrera, the reigning AL Triple Crown and MVP
winner, topped both leagues with a .348 average to win for a second straight
Hardy and Jones also won their first Silver Slugger award and Trout, the star
outfielder, won his second in two major league seasons. Detroit right fielder
Torii Hunter rounded out the AL winners with his second.
Goldschmidt led the NL with 125 RBI and Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro
Alvarez had a league-best 36 home runs to win their first award. McCutchen won
his second in a row in the outfield to give Pittsburgh two honorees.
Molina, the Cardinals catcher, won his first Silver Slugger after hitting .319
and teammate Matt Carpenter, a second baseman, captured his first by batting
.318 and leading the majors in doubles.
Colorado Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer led the NL with a .331 average to
win for the first time and Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke hit
.328 to win the award for pitchers, his first.
Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay
Bruce won for the second time.
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