List of Silver Slugger Award winners at designated hitter

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David Ortiz has won the most Silver Slugger Awards as a designated hitter, with six.

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

Designated hitters (DH) only receive a Silver Slugger Award in the American League[4] because the batting order in the National League includes the pitcher;[5] therefore, pitchers receive the National League award instead.[6] David Ortiz has won the most Silver Sluggers as a designated hitter, capturing four consecutively from 2004 to 2007, and winning again in 2011 and 2013.[7] Two players are tied with four wins. Paul Molitor won the award four times with three different teams: the Milwaukee Brewers in 1987 and 1988; the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993, when the team won the World Series; and the Minnesota Twins in 1996.[8] Edgar Martínez won the award four times with the Seattle Mariners (1995, 1997, 2001, 2003).[9] Don Baylor won the Silver Slugger three times in four years (1983, 1985–1986) as a designated hitter with the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox,[10] and Frank Thomas won it twice with the Chicago White Sox (1991, 2000).[11] Harold Baines won the award while playing for two separate teams in the same season; he was traded by the White Sox to the Texas Rangers in the middle of the 1989 season.[12] Ortiz is the most recent winner.

Martínez set the records for the highest batting average and on-base percentage in a designated hitter's winning season with his .356 and .479 marks, respectively, in 1995.[9] Manny Ramírez' slugging percentage of .647 is best among all winners at the position.[13] Ortiz hit 54 home runs during the 2006 season, when he won his third consecutive award,[7] and his 2005 total of 148 runs batted in is tied with Rafael Palmeiro's 1999 mark for best among designated hitters.[7][14]

Key[edit]

Edgar Martínez has the second-most Silver Sluggers among DHs.
Year Links to the corresponding Major League Baseball season
AVG Batting average
OBP On-base percentage
SLG Slugging percentage
HR Home runs
RBI Runs batted in
Ref References
* or ** Winner of the most Silver Sluggers in Major League Baseball as a designated hitter (** indicates tie)
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Winners[edit]

Paul Molitor won four Silver Sluggers, tied for the second-best total.
Vladimir Guerrero won the 2010 Silver Slugger winner at DH.
Year Player Team AVG OBP SLG HR RBI Ref
1980 Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson New York Yankees .300 .398 .597 41 111 [15]
1981 Oliver, AlAl Oliver Texas Rangers .309 .348 .411 4 55 [16]
1982 McRae, HalHal McRae Kansas City Royals .308 .369 .542 27 133 [17]
1983 Baylor, DonDon Baylor New York Yankees .303 .361 .494 21 85 [18]
1984 Thornton, AndreAndre Thornton Cleveland Indians .271 .366 .484 33 99 [19]
1985 Baylor, DonDon Baylor New York Yankees .231 .330 .430 23 91 [20]
1986 Baylor, DonDon Baylor Boston Red Sox .238 .344 .439 31 94 [21]
1987 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitor Milwaukee Brewers .353 .438 .566 16 75 [22]
1988 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitor Milwaukee Brewers .312 .384 .452 13 60 [23]
1989 Baines, HaroldHarold Baines Chicago White Sox
Texas Rangers
.309 .395 .465 16 72 [24]
[25]
1990 Parker, DaveDave Parker Milwaukee Brewers .289 .330 .451 21 92 [26]
1991 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas Chicago White Sox .318 .453 .553 32 109 [27]
1992 Winfield, DaveDave Winfield Toronto Blue Jays .290 .377 .491 26 108 [28]
1993 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitor Toronto Blue Jays .332 .402 .509 22 111 [29]
1994 Franco, JulioJulio Franco Chicago White Sox .319 .406 .510 20 98 [30]
1995 Martinez, EdgarEdgar Martínez Seattle Mariners .356 .479 .628 29 113 [31]
1996 Molitor, PaulPaul Molitor Minnesota Twins .341 .390 .468 9 113 [32]
1997 Martinez, EdgarEdgar Martínez Seattle Mariners .330 .456 .554 28 108 [33]
1998 Canseco, JoseJose Canseco Toronto Blue Jays .237 .318 .518 46 107 [34]
1999 Palmeiro, RafaelRafael Palmeiro Texas Rangers .324 .420 .630 47 148 [35]
2000 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas Chicago White Sox .328 .436 .625 43 143 [36]
2001 Martinez, EdgarEdgar Martínez Seattle Mariners .306 .423 .543 23 116 [37]
2002 Ramirez, MannyManny Ramirez Boston Red Sox .349 .450 .647 33 107 [38]
2003 Martinez, EdgarEdgar Martínez Seattle Mariners .294 .406 .489 24 98 [39]
2004 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* Boston Red Sox .301 .380 .603 41 139 [40]
2005 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* Boston Red Sox .300 .397 .604 47 148 [41]
2006 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* Boston Red Sox .287 .413 .636 54 137 [42]
2007 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* Boston Red Sox .332 .445 .621 35 117 [43]
2008 Huff, AubreyAubrey Huff Baltimore Orioles .304 .360 .552 32 108 [44]
2009 Lind, AdamAdam Lind Toronto Blue Jays .305 .370 .562 35 114 [45]
2010 Guerrero, VladimirVladimir Guerrero Texas Rangers .300 .345 .496 29 115 [46]
2011 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* Boston Red Sox .309 .398 .554 29 96 [47]
2012 Butler, BillyBilly Butler Kansas City Royals .313 .373 .510 29 107 [48]
2013 Ortiz, DavidDavid Ortiz* Boston Red Sox .309 .395 .564 30 103 [49]

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