Astros: Jose Altuve wins fifth-consecutive Silver Slugger

2018 Silver Slugger awards: J.D. Martinez becomes first player to win two awards in one season

Going forward, the age-28 second baseman remains a favorite for the award in subsequent seasons if he remains relatively healthy. On Sunday, we learned the Rawlings Gold Glove award winners at each position.

Martinez is first player to receive two Silver Slugger Awards in one season. He hit.265 with 22 homers and 78 RBI as he earned his second-career spot on the American League All-Star team.

Abreu became the first player in White Sox history to hit 20 or more home runs in each of his first five seasons, and he joined Albert Pujols (2001-'10) and Ted Williams (1939-'42, 1946-49) as the only players in Major League Baseball history to produce 30 or more doubles and 20 or more plus home runs in each of his first five seasons.


Trout is also tied with Alex Rodriguez as the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to take home the award a half of dozen times. He was the first choice at designated hitter and still managed to get enough votes to also finish top three in the outfield, where he joined teammate Mookie Betts and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

All of these have helped Baez's nomination as one of three finalists for the NL MVP Award with Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Christian Yelitch of the Brewers.

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won his second American League Silver Slugger Award on Thursday, given to the best hitters at each position in each league. It's also worth noting that the Silver Slugger does not differentiate between outfield positions.

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