Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Mariners' Nelson Cruz named Silver Slugger at DH

The award goes to one player per league, per position and is selected by a vote of MLB coaches and managers. He had two doubles and two homers among his 11 hits and drove in 11 runs. The outfielder's home runs set a franchise record and tied for the seventh-most homers recorded by a leadoff hitter in Major League Baseball history. The 23-year-old ranked 3rd in baseball in extra base hits (81), 4th in doubles and total bases, 7th in hits and 9th in runs. Only Martinez, who was 37 when he collected a league-leading 145 RBIs for the Mariners in 2000, has been older when leading the A.L. outright in RBI.

Judge hit 52 homers with a 1.049 OPS, and Springer hit.283 with 34 homers and an.889 OPS.

Cruz recorded at least 100 RBIs for the second consecutive season and the third time in his career.

Selections are based on a combination of offensive stats, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in addition to the managers' and coaches' views of a player's overall offensive value. Cruz also made his fifth career appearance in the All-Star Game (also: 2009, 2013-15), his second as a Mariner (2015).

November 7: Outrighted Vincej to Tacoma.

Justin Upton, who last week agreed to a five-year deal to stay with the Angels, won his third Silver Slugger award on Thursday, while Mike Trout came up empty for the first time in his career.

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