MLB Silver Slugger Awards 2022: AL and NL winners and Twitter reaction | News, scores, highlights, stats, and rumors
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Major League Baseball’s awards season begins Thursday with the announcement of the Silver Slugger winners in the American and National Leagues.
The awards are voted on by all 30 team managers and coaches, including one winner from five infield positions, three outfielders, a designated hitter and utility player.
New York Yankees star Aaron Judge captured his second straight Silver Slugger Award and third overall. He was joined by AL winners Mike Trout (OF), Xander Bogaerts (shortstop) and Yordan Alvarez (DH).
NL MVP finalists and St. Louis Cardinals teammates Paul Goldschmidt (first base) and Nolan Arenado (third base) led the hitters for the senior circuit.
AL Silver Slugger winners
C: Alejandro Kirk, Toronto Blue Jays
1B: Nathaniel Lowe, Texas Rangers
2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
SS: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
3B: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Guardians
of: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
of: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
of: Julio Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners
DH: Jordan Alvarez, Houston Astros
Usage: Luis Arez, Minnesota Twins
NL Silver Slugger winner
C: JT Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
2B: Jeff McNeil, New York Mets
SS: Trey Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
3B: Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
of: Kyle Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies
of: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
of: Juan Soto, San Diego Padres
DH: Josh Bell, San Diego Padres
Usage: Brandon Dury, San Diego Padres
results through MLB.com
Judge was the most predictable winner from this year’s group of finalists. The Yankees slugger set a new AL record with 62 homers and nearly won the triple crown, leading the league in RBIs (131) and second in batting average (.311).
If any other player in the American League had an argument for being the best hitter, it was Alvarez. The Houston Astros superstar ranks second in the junior circuit in batting average (.306), third in homers (36), on-base percentage (.406) and slugging percentage (.613).
Although playoff stats don’t count for voting purposes, Alvarez’s final image of the 2022 season was hitting the go-ahead homer for the Astros in Game 6 of the World Series.
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Yardie to the Moon. pic.twitter.com/4BiiPpjcTM
Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez was the biggest breakout star of the 2022 season. It was fitting that he was awarded Judge in the AL outfield and became only the second Mariners rookie to win the Silver Slugger Award.
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Julio Rodriguez is the 4th rookie outfielder to win the Silver Slugger Award, joining Ichiro Suzuki (2001), Mike Trout (2012) & Aaron Judge (2017). https://t.co/iwekBD5HwR
One of the few upset winners was Minnesota Twins All-Star Luis Arriaz beating out Shohei Ohtani for the AL Utility Player award. Ohtani was a double finalist in the utility player and DH category, but he came up empty-handed.
Arraez is hardly a bad choice. He won the AL batting title with a career-high .316 average in 144 games.
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Luis Arraz won the AL Silver Slugger Award in the “Utility Player” position for his first batting title and first All-Star appearance.
Arraj hit .316/.375/.420 with more walks ( to post a career #MNTwins 50 over strikeouts (43) in 144 games for a -high 130 OPS+.
While Ohtani wasn’t as dominant at the plate as he was in 2021, he still finished the season with an .875 OPS with 34 homers in 157 games.
Trout earned his ninth Silver Slugger Award despite missing 43 games due to injury. The three-time AL MVP finished with 40 homers and a .630 slugging percentage, both his best single-season totals since 2019.
The NL champion Phillies had two winners. JT Realmuto won for the first time since 2019. He remains the gold standard when it comes to hitting catchers. The 31-year-old was the only qualified catcher in the league with an offensive rating of 20.0 per. Fangraphs.com.
Kyle Schwarber didn’t offer much in terms of average (.218), but he led the NL with 46 homers and drove in a team-high 94 runs.
Goldschmidt’s latest Silver Slugger award also made history:
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Paul Goldschmidt now has the most Silver Slugger Awards (5) among first basemen 🙌 pic.twitter.com/8NYGg9MrJE
In a surprising result, the San Diego Padres led all teams with three Silver Slugger winners. All three of their hitters—Juan Soto, Brandon Dury and Josh Bell—were not on the roster until Aug. 2 when they were acquired in trades.
Soto’s win seems more based on past reputation than actual performance. The 24-year-old had a solid 2022, but he set or tied career lows in average (.242), on-base percentage (.401) and slugging percentage (.452).
Drury struggled after the trade, but he hit very well in the first half with the Cincinnati Reds to finish with an .813 OPS and 28 homers in 138 games. He hit more home runs in 2022 than in the previous four seasons combined (20).
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