The Silver Slugger Award is an offensive award, which can be compared to the defensive Gold Glove award. The award is based on a combination of offensive statistics including Batting Average, OBP and slugging percentage as well as coaches and managers perception of a player's overall value to the offense of their team.
2007 marks the 4th straight Year David Ortiz has been honored with the American League Silver Slugger Award for the DH position.
All year long Papi has been battling the critics who said he's too hurt to play, or isn't playing as well as past years. While he may not of had as many homeruns as previous seasons, this proves his offensive value had just as much impact to the World Series Champs (I love writing that!)
"I would say, personally, this is one of my best offensive years here in Boston, all the way around," said Ortiz, who finished with a career-high and AL-best on-base percentage of .445, along with 35 homers and 117 RBIs. "I think [if] you look at my numbers this year ... I put it together more than some of the other seasons when people think I had a good season."So there you have it.
I think it's also important to point out these six players who achieved the highest honor of both a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award.
- Ichiro Suzuki (OF, Seattle)
- Placido Polanco (2B, Detriot)
- Jimmy Rollins (SS, Philadelphia)
- Russel Martin (C, LA Dodgers)
- Carlos Beltran (OF, NY Mets)
- David Wright (3B, NY Mets)
Here is a running tally of awards won by the 2007 Red Sox
- Kevin Youkilis, Gold Glove
- David Ortiz, Silver Slugger
Nov. 12: AL and NL Rookies of the Year
Nov. 13: AL Cy Young
Nov. 14: AL and NL Managers of the Year
Nov. 15: NL Cy Young
Nov. 19: AL MVP
Nov. 20: NL MVP
I do think we'll be picking a few of these up!