List of Silver Slugger Award winners at first base

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball (MLB). These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value".[1] Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team.[1] The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats.[2] The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league[1] and plated with sterling silver.[3]

Among first basemen, Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals have won the most Silver Sluggers, with four each. Helton won four consecutive awards from 2000 to 2003, while Pujols won the award in 2004 and three consecutive times from 2008 to 2010.[4][5] Pujols has also won the award at third base and outfield before converting to first base.[5] In the American League, four players have won the award three times: Cecil Cooper (Milwaukee Brewers;[a] 1980–1982);[6] Carlos Delgado (Toronto Blue Jays; 1999–2000, 2003),[7] Don Mattingly (New York Yankees; 1985–1987);[8] and Mark Teixeira (Texas Rangers, 20042005; New York Yankees, 2009).[9] Jeff Bagwell, formerly of the National League's Houston Astros, has also won the award three times (1994, 1997, 1999).[10] One player has won the award while playing for two different teams during his winning season. Fred McGriff was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Atlanta Braves during the 1993 season; he won the Silver Slugger Award with a .291 batting average and 37 home runs between the two teams.[11] One father-son combination has won the award: Cecil Fielder won the American League Silver Slugger with the Detroit Tigers in 1990 and 1991,[12] and his son Prince Fielder won the National League award with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007.[13] Pujols and Miguel Cabrera are the most recent winners.

Helton holds the record for the highest batting average in a first baseman's Silver Slugger-winning season with the .372 mark he set in 2000.[4] In the American League, Frank Thomas' .353 batting average in 1994 ranks first,[14] and is the third-best in the history of the award. Mark McGwire holds the records in both leagues for most home runs and highest slugging percentage. McGwire slugged .730 and hit 52 home runs for the Oakland Athletics in 1996, the year before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.[15] In 1998, McGwire hit 70 home runs on his way to the Major League home run record, slugging .752 while battling the entire season with Sammy Sosa.[15] Andrés Galarraga had 150 runs batted in (RBI) in 1996 when he won the award,[16] followed closely by Ryan Howard's 2006 total of 149.[17] The American League record for a Silver Slugger winner is 145 RBI, achieved by Mattingly (1985)[8] and Delgado (2003).[7]

Key

Year Links to the corresponding Major League Baseball season
AVG Batting average
OBP On-base percentage
SLG Slugging percentage
HR Home runs
RBI Runs batted in
Ref References
* or ** Winner of the most Silver Slugger Awards at his position (** indicates tie)
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

American League winners

YearPlayerTeamAVGOBPSLGHRRBIRef
1980Cecil CooperMilwaukee Brewers.352.387.53925122[18]
1981Cecil CooperMilwaukee Brewers.320.363.4951260[19]
1982Cecil CooperMilwaukee Brewers.313.342.52832121[20]
1983Eddie MurrayBaltimore Orioles.306.393.53833111[21]
1984Eddie MurrayBaltimore Orioles.306.410.50929110[22]
1985Don MattinglyNew York Yankees.324.371.56735145[23]
1986Don MattinglyNew York Yankees.352.394.57331113[24]
1987Don MattinglyNew York Yankees.327.378.55930115[25]
1988George BrettKansas City Royals.306.389.50924103[26]
1989Fred McGriffToronto Blue Jays.269.399.5253692[27]
1990Cecil FielderDetroit Tigers.277.377.59251132[28]
1991Cecil FielderDetroit Tigers.261.347.51344133[29]
1992Mark McGwireOakland Athletics.268.385.58542104[30]
1993Frank ThomasChicago White Sox.317.426.60741128[31]
1994Frank ThomasChicago White Sox.353.487.72938101[32]
1995Mo VaughnBoston Red Sox.300.388.57539126[33]
1996Mark McGwireOakland Athletics.312.467.73052113[34]
1997Tino MartinezNew York Yankees.296.371.57744141[35]
1998Rafael PalmeiroBaltimore Orioles.296.379.56543121[36]
1999Carlos DelgadoToronto Blue Jays.272.377.57144134[37]
2000Carlos DelgadoToronto Blue Jays.344.470.66441137[38]
2001Jason GiambiOakland Athletics.342.477.66038120[39]
2002Jason GiambiNew York Yankees.314.435.59841122[40]
2003Carlos DelgadoToronto Blue Jays.302.426.59342145[41]
2004Mark TeixeiraTexas Rangers.281.370.56038112[42]
2005Mark TeixeiraTexas Rangers.301.379.57543144[43]
2006Justin MorneauMinnesota Twins.321.375.55934130[44]
2007Carlos PeñaTampa Bay Devil Rays.282.411.62746121[45]
2008Justin MorneauMinnesota Twins.300.374.49923129[46]
2009Mark TeixeiraNew York Yankees.292.383.56539122[47]
2010Miguel CabreraDetroit Tigers.328.420.62238126[48]
2011Adrian GonzalezBoston Red Sox.338.410.54827117[49]
2012Prince FielderDetroit Tigers.313.412.52830108[50]
2013Chris DavisBaltimore Orioles.286.370.63453138[51]
2014José AbreuChicago White Sox.317.383.58136107[52]
2015Miguel CabreraDetroit Tigers.338.440.5341876[53]
2016Miguel CabreraDetroit Tigers.316.393.56338108[54]
2017Eric HosmerKansas City Royals.318.385.4982594[55]

National League winners

YearPlayerTeamAVGOBPSLGHRRBIRef
1980Keith HernandezSt. Louis Cardinals.321.408.4941699[56]
1981Pete RosePhiladelphia Phillies.325.391.390033[57]
1982Al OliverMontreal Expos.331.392.51422109[58]
1983George HendrickSt. Louis Cardinals.318.373.4931897[59]
1984Keith HernandezNew York Mets.311.409.4491594[60]
1985Jack ClarkSt. Louis Cardinals.281.393.5022287[61]
1986Glenn DavisHouston Astros.265.344.49331101[62]
1987Jack ClarkSt. Louis Cardinals.286.459.59735106[63]
1988Andrés GalarragaMontreal Expos.302.352.5402992[64]
1989Will ClarkSan Francisco Giants.333.407.54623111[65]
1990Eddie MurrayLos Angeles Dodgers.330.414.5202695[66]
1991Will ClarkSan Francisco Giants.301.359.53629116[67]
1992Fred McGriffSan Diego Padres.286.394.55635104[68]
1993Fred McGriffSan Diego Padres
Atlanta Braves
.291.375.54937101[69]
[70]
1994Jeff BagwellHouston Astros.368.451.75039116[71]
1995Eric KarrosLos Angeles Dodgers.298.369.53532105[72]
1996Andrés GalarragaColorado Rockies.304.357.60147150[73]
1997Jeff BagwellHouston Astros.286.425.59243135[74]
1998Mark McGwireSt. Louis Cardinals.299.470.75270147[75]
1999Jeff BagwellHouston Astros.304.454.59142126[76]
2000Todd Helton**Colorado Rockies.372.463.69842147[77]
2001Todd Helton**Colorado Rockies.336.432.68549146[78]
2002Todd Helton**Colorado Rockies.329.429.57730109[79]
2003Todd Helton**Colorado Rockies.358.458.63033117[80]
2004Albert Pujols**St. Louis Cardinals.331.415.65746123[81]
2005Derrek LeeChicago Cubs.335.418.66246107[82]
2006Ryan HowardPhiladelphia Phillies.313.425.65958149[83]
2007Prince FielderMilwaukee Brewers.288.395.61850119[84]
2008Albert Pujols**St. Louis Cardinals.357.462.65337116[85]
2009Albert Pujols**St. Louis Cardinals.327.443.65847135[86]
2010Albert Pujols**St. Louis Cardinals.312.414.59642118[87]
2011Prince FielderMilwaukee Brewers.299.415.56638120[88]
2012Adam LaRocheWashington Nationals.271.343.51033100[89]
2013Paul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks.302.401.55136125[90]
2014Adrian GonzalezLos Angeles Dodgers.276.335.48227116[91]
2015Paul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks.321.435.57033110[92]
2016Anthony RizzoChicago Cubs.292.385.54432109[93]
2017Paul GoldschmidtArizona Diamondbacks.297.404.56336120[94]

Footnotes

  • a The Brewers were members of the American League until 1997, when Commissioner Bud Selig offered the team the option to switch leagues due to a realignment of Major League Baseball's divisions. The Brewers have been members of the National League since 1998.[95]

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