Silver Slugger Award

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. 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]

Silver Slugger Award
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo holds Ryan Zimmerman's Silver Slugger Award.
LeagueMajor League Baseball
Awarded forBest offensive player at each position in the American League and National League
Presented byHillerich & Bradsby
First award1980

The prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position.[4][5] This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, and one right fielder. From 1980 to 2019, only National League pitchers received a Silver Slugger Award;[5] lineups in the American League include a designated hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order,[6] so the designated hitter receives the award instead.[4] In 2020, MLB implemented a universal designated hitter rule for both leagues as part of the shortened season and changes mandated by the COVID-19 pandemic; as a result, there were no Silver Slugger Awards for pitchers in either league and the NL awarded one to a DH for the first time.[7]

Home run record-holder Barry Bonds[8] won twelve Silver Slugger Awards in his career as an outfielder, the most of any player.[5][9] He also won the award in five consecutive seasons twice in his career: from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2000 to 2004. Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former Seattle Mariners shortstop Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with ten wins each.[4][5] Rodriguez' awards are split between two positions; he won seven Silver Sluggers as a shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, and three with the Yankees as a third baseman.[10] Wade Boggs leads third basemen with eight Silver Slugger Awards;[4][11] Barry Larkin leads shortstops with nine.[5][12] Other leaders include Ryne Sandberg (seven wins as a second baseman)[5][13] and Mike Hampton (five wins as a pitcher).[5][14] Todd Helton[5][15] and Albert Pujols[5][16] are tied for the most wins among first baseman with four, although Pujols has won two awards at other positions. David Ortiz has won seven awards at designated hitter position, the most at that position.[17] In 2018, J. D. Martinez collected two silver slugger awards in one season (one as a designated hitter and the other as an outfielder), which marks the first and, so far only, time a player has accomplished that feat.


Barry Bonds (in white uniform) has won the most Silver Slugger Awards of any player, 12.
Year Links to the corresponding Major League Baseball season
1B First baseman (list of winners)
2B Second baseman (list of winners)
3B Third baseman (list of winners)
SS Shortstop (list of winners)
OF Outfielder (list of winners)
C Catcher (list of winners)
P Pitcher (list of winners)
DH Designated hitter (list of winners)
* 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

1980Cecil CooperWillie RandolphGeorge BrettRobin YountBen OglivieAl OliverWillie WilsonLance ParrishReggie Jackson
1981Cecil CooperBobby GrichCarney LansfordRick BurlesonRickey HendersonDave WinfieldDwight EvansCarlton FiskAl Oliver
1982Cecil CooperDámaso GarcíaDoug DeCincesRobin YountReggie JacksonDave WinfieldWillie WilsonLance ParrishHal McRae
1983Eddie MurrayLou WhitakerWade Boggs*Cal Ripken Jr.Jim RiceDave WinfieldLloyd MosebyLance ParrishDon Baylor
1984Eddie MurrayLou WhitakerBuddy BellCal Ripken Jr.Jim RiceDave WinfieldTony ArmasLance ParrishAndre Thornton
1985Don MattinglyLou WhitakerGeorge BrettCal Ripken Jr.Rickey HendersonDave WinfieldGeorge BellCarlton FiskDon Baylor
1986Don MattinglyFrank WhiteWade Boggs*Cal Ripken Jr.Jesse BarfieldKirby PuckettGeorge BellLance ParrishDon Baylor
1987Don MattinglyLou WhitakerWade Boggs*Alan TrammellDwight EvansKirby PuckettGeorge BellMatt NokesPaul Molitor
1988George BrettJulio FrancoWade Boggs*Alan TrammellMike GreenwellKirby PuckettJose CansecoCarlton FiskPaul Molitor
1989Fred McGriffJulio FrancoWade Boggs*Cal Ripken Jr.Rubén SierraKirby PuckettRobin YountMickey TettletonHarold Baines
1990Cecil FielderJulio FrancoKelly GruberAlan TrammellRickey HendersonEllis BurksJose CansecoLance ParrishDave Parker
1991Cecil FielderJulio FrancoWade Boggs*Cal Ripken Jr.Joe CarterKen Griffey Jr.Jose CansecoMickey TettletonFrank Thomas
1992Mark McGwireRoberto AlomarEdgar MartínezTravis FrymanJoe CarterKirby PuckettJuan GonzálezMickey TettletonDave Winfield
1993Frank ThomasCarlos BaergaWade Boggs*Cal Ripken Jr.Albert BelleKen Griffey Jr.Juan GonzálezMike StanleyPaul Molitor
1994Frank ThomasCarlos BaergaWade Boggs*Cal Ripken Jr.Albert BelleKen Griffey Jr.Kirby PuckettIván RodríguezJulio Franco
1995Mo VaughnChuck KnoblauchGary GaettiJohn ValentinAlbert BelleTim SalmonManny RamirezIván RodríguezEdgar Martínez
1996Mark McGwireRoberto AlomarJim ThomeAlex RodriguezAlbert BelleKen Griffey Jr.Juan GonzálezIván RodríguezPaul Molitor
1997Tino MartinezChuck KnoblauchMatt WilliamsNomar GarciaparraDavid JusticeKen Griffey Jr.Juan GonzálezIván RodríguezEdgar Martínez
1998Rafael PalmeiroDamion EasleyDean PalmerAlex RodriguezAlbert BelleKen Griffey Jr.Juan GonzálezIván RodríguezJose Canseco
1999Carlos DelgadoRoberto AlomarDean PalmerAlex RodriguezShawn GreenKen Griffey Jr.Manny RamirezIván RodríguezRafael Palmeiro
2000Carlos DelgadoRoberto AlomarTroy GlausAlex RodriguezDarin ErstadMagglio OrdóñezManny RamirezJorge PosadaFrank Thomas
2001Jason GiambiBret BooneTroy GlausAlex RodriguezIchiro SuzukiJuan GonzálezManny RamirezJorge PosadaEdgar Martínez
2002Jason GiambiAlfonso SorianoEric ChavezAlex RodriguezGarret AndersonMagglio OrdóñezBernie WilliamsJorge PosadaManny Ramirez
2003Carlos DelgadoBret BooneBill MuellerAlex RodriguezGarret AndersonVernon WellsManny RamirezJorge PosadaEdgar Martínez
2004Mark TeixeiraAlfonso SorianoMelvin MoraMiguel TejadaGary SheffieldVladimir GuerreroManny RamirezVíctor Martínez &
Iván Rodríguez
David Ortiz*
2005Mark TeixeiraAlfonso SorianoAlex RodriguezMiguel TejadaGary SheffieldVladimir GuerreroManny RamirezJason VaritekDavid Ortiz*
2006Justin MorneauRobinson CanóJoe CredeDerek JeterJermaine DyeVladimir GuerreroManny RamirezJoe MauerDavid Ortiz*
2007Carlos PeñaPlácido PolancoAlex RodriguezDerek JeterMagglio OrdóñezVladimir GuerreroIchiro SuzukiJorge PosadaDavid Ortiz*
2008Justin MorneauDustin PedroiaAlex RodriguezDerek JeterJosh HamiltonCarlos QuentinGrady SizemoreJoe MauerAubrey Huff
2009Mark TeixeiraAaron HillEvan LongoriaDerek JeterJason BayTorii HunterIchiro SuzukiJoe MauerAdam Lind
2010Miguel CabreraRobinson CanóAdrián BeltréAlexei RamírezJosh HamiltonCarl CrawfordJosé BautistaJoe MauerVladimir Guerrero
2011Adrián GonzálezRobinson CanóAdrián BeltréAsdrúbal CabreraJacoby EllsburyCurtis GrandersonJosé BautistaAlex AvilaDavid Ortiz*
2012Prince FielderRobinson CanóMiguel CabreraDerek JeterJosh HamiltonMike TroutJosh WillinghamA. J. PierzynskiBilly Butler
2013Chris DavisRobinson CanóMiguel CabreraJ. J. HardyTorii HunterMike TroutAdam JonesJoe MauerDavid Ortiz*
2014José AbreuJosé AltuveAdrián BeltréAlexei RamírezJosé BautistaMike TroutMichael BrantleyYan GomesVíctor Martínez
2015Miguel CabreraJosé AltuveJosh DonaldsonXander BogaertsNelson CruzMike TroutJ. D. MartinezBrian McCannKendrys Morales
2016Miguel CabreraJosé AltuveJosh DonaldsonXander BogaertsMookie BettsMike TroutMark TrumboSalvador PérezDavid Ortiz*
2017Eric HosmerJosé AltuveJosé RamírezFrancisco LindorAaron JudgeJustin UptonGeorge SpringerGary SánchezNelson Cruz
2018José AbreuJosé AltuveJosé RamírezFrancisco LindorMookie BettsMike TroutJ. D. MartinezSalvador PérezJ. D. Martinez
2019Carlos SantanaDJ LeMahieuAlex BregmanXander BogaertsMookie BettsMike TroutGeorge SpringerMitch GarverNelson Cruz
2020José AbreuDJ LeMahieuJosé RamírezTim AndersonEloy JiménezMike TroutTeoscar HernándezSalvador PérezNelson Cruz

Source: [18]

National League winners

1980Keith HernandezManny TrilloMike SchmidtGarry TempletonDusty BakerAndre DawsonGeorge HendrickTed SimmonsBob ForschN/A
1981Pete RoseManny TrilloMike SchmidtDave ConcepciónDusty BakerAndre DawsonGeorge FosterGary CarterFernando ValenzuelaN/A
1982Al OliverJoe MorganMike SchmidtDave ConcepciónDale MurphyPedro GuerreroLeon DurhamGary CarterDon RobinsonN/A
1983George HendrickJohnny RayMike SchmidtDickie ThonDale MurphyAndre DawsonJosé CruzTerry KennedyFernando ValenzuelaN/A
1984Keith HernandezRyne Sandberg*Mike SchmidtGarry TempletonDale MurphyTony GwynnJosé CruzGary CarterRick RhodenN/A
1985Jack ClarkRyne Sandberg*Tim WallachHubie BrooksDale MurphyWillie McGeeDave ParkerGary CarterRick RhodenN/A
1986Glenn DavisSteve SaxMike SchmidtHubie BrooksTim RainesTony GwynnDave ParkerGary CarterRick RhodenN/A
1987Jack ClarkJuan SamuelTim WallachOzzie SmithAndre DawsonTony GwynnEric DavisBenito SantiagoBob ForschN/A
1988Andrés GalarragaRyne Sandberg*Bobby BonillaBarry Larkin*Darryl StrawberryKirk GibsonAndy Van SlykeBenito SantiagoTim LearyN/A
1989Will ClarkRyne Sandberg*Howard JohnsonBarry Larkin*Kevin MitchellTony GwynnEric DavisCraig BiggioDon RobinsonN/A
1990Eddie MurrayRyne Sandberg*Matt WilliamsBarry Larkin*Barry Bonds*Bobby BonillaDarryl StrawberryBenito SantiagoDon RobinsonN/A
1991Will ClarkRyne Sandberg*Howard JohnsonBarry Larkin*Barry Bonds*Bobby BonillaRon GantBenito SantiagoTom GlavineN/A
1992Fred McGriffRyne Sandberg*Gary SheffieldBarry Larkin*Barry Bonds*Larry WalkerAndy Van SlykeDarren DaultonDwight GoodenN/A
1993Fred McGriffRobby ThompsonMatt WilliamsJay BellBarry Bonds*Lenny DykstraDavid JusticeMike Piazza*Orel HershiserN/A
1994Jeff BagwellCraig BiggioMatt WilliamsWil CorderoBarry Bonds*Tony GwynnMoisés AlouMike Piazza*Mark PortugalN/A
1995Eric KarrosCraig BiggioVinny CastillaBarry Larkin*Sammy SosaTony GwynnDante BichetteMike Piazza*Tom GlavineN/A
1996Andrés GalarragaEric YoungKen CaminitiBarry Larkin*Barry Bonds*Gary SheffieldEllis BurksMike Piazza*Tom GlavineN/A
1997Jeff BagwellCraig BiggioVinny CastillaJeff BlauserBarry Bonds*Tony GwynnLarry WalkerMike Piazza*John SmoltzN/A
1998Mark McGwireCraig BiggioVinny CastillaBarry Larkin*Sammy SosaGreg VaughnMoisés AlouMike Piazza*Tom GlavineN/A
1999Jeff BagwellEdgardo AlfonzoChipper JonesBarry Larkin*Sammy SosaVladimir GuerreroLarry Walker Mike Piazza*Mike Hampton*N/A
2000Todd Helton**Jeff KentChipper JonesÉdgar RenteríaBarry Bonds*Vladimir GuerreroSammy SosaMike Piazza*Mike Hampton*N/A
2001Todd Helton**Jeff KentAlbert PujolsRich AuriliaBarry Bonds*Luis GonzalezSammy SosaMike Piazza*Mike Hampton*N/A
2002Todd Helton**Jeff KentScott RolenÉdgar RenteríaBarry Bonds*Vladimir GuerreroSammy SosaMike Piazza*Mike Hampton*N/A
2003Todd Helton**José VidroMike LowellÉdgar RenteríaBarry Bonds*Gary SheffieldAlbert PujolsJavy LópezMike Hampton*N/A
2004Albert Pujols**Mark LorettaAdrián BeltréJack WilsonBarry Bonds*Jim EdmondsBobby AbreuJohnny EstradaLiván HernándezN/A
2005Derrek LeeJeff KentMorgan EnsbergFelipe LópezAndruw JonesMiguel CabreraCarlos LeeMichael BarrettJason MarquisN/A
2006Ryan HowardChase UtleyMiguel CabreraJosé ReyesCarlos BeltránMatt HollidayAlfonso SorianoBrian McCannCarlos ZambranoN/A
2007Prince FielderChase UtleyDavid WrightJimmy RollinsCarlos BeltránMatt HollidayCarlos LeeRussell MartinMicah OwingsN/A
2008Albert Pujols**Chase UtleyDavid WrightHanley RamírezRyan LudwickMatt HollidayRyan BraunBrian McCannCarlos ZambranoN/A
2009Albert Pujols**Chase UtleyRyan ZimmermanHanley RamírezMatt KempAndre EthierRyan BraunBrian McCannCarlos ZambranoN/A
2010Albert Pujols**Dan UgglaRyan ZimmermanTroy TulowitzkiCarlos GonzálezMatt HollidayRyan BraunBrian McCannYovani GallardoN/A
2011Prince FielderBrandon PhillipsAramis RamírezTroy TulowitzkiMatt KempJustin UptonRyan BraunBrian McCannDaniel HudsonN/A
2012Adam LaRocheAaron HillChase HeadleyIan DesmondAndrew McCutchenJay BruceRyan BraunBuster PoseyStephen StrasburgN/A
2013Paul Goldschmidt**Matt CarpenterPedro ÁlvarezIan DesmondAndrew McCutchenJay BruceMichael CuddyerYadier MolinaZack GreinkeN/A
2014Adrián GonzálezNeil WalkerAnthony RendonIan DesmondAndrew McCutchenGiancarlo StantonJustin UptonBuster PoseyMadison BumgarnerN/A
2015Paul Goldschmidt**Dee GordonNolan ArenadoBrandon CrawfordAndrew McCutchenBryce HarperCarlos GonzálezBuster PoseyMadison BumgarnerN/A
2016Anthony RizzoDaniel MurphyNolan ArenadoCorey SeagerCharlie BlackmonYoenis CéspedesChristian YelichWilson RamosJake ArrietaN/A
2017Paul Goldschmidt**Daniel MurphyNolan ArenadoCorey SeagerCharlie BlackmonGiancarlo StantonMarcell OzunaBuster PoseyAdam WainwrightN/A
2018Paul Goldschmidt**Javier BáezNolan ArenadoTrevor StoryNick MarkakisDavid PeraltaChristian YelichJ. T. RealmutoGermán MárquezN/A
2019Freddie FreemanOzzie AlbiesAnthony RendonTrevor StoryRonald Acuña Jr.Cody BellingerChristian YelichJ. T. RealmutoZack GreinkeN/A
2020Freddie FreemanDonovan SolanoManny MachadoFernando Tatís Jr.Juan SotoRonald Acuña Jr.Mookie BettsTravis d'ArnaudN/AMarcell Ozuna

Source: [18]

(^) = A universal designated hitter rule was implemented during the 2020 MLB season; the National League awarded its first Silver Slugger for DH in 2020. No award for pitchers was given.

See also


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