List of Silver Slugger Award winners at first base

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Todd Helton is tied for the lead among first basemen with four Silver Slugger Awards.

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]

Among first basemen, Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies and Albert Pujols of the St Louis Cardinals have won the most Silver Sluggers, with four each. Helton won four consecutive awards from 2000 to 2003, while Pujols won the award in 2004 and three consecutive times from 2008 to 2010.[4][5] Pujols has also won the award at third base and outfield before converting to first base.[5] In the American League, four players have won the award three times: Cecil Cooper (Milwaukee Brewers;[a] 1980–1982);[6] Carlos Delgado (Toronto Blue Jays; 1999–2000, 2003),[7] Don Mattingly (New York Yankees; 1985–1987);[8] and Mark Teixeira (Texas Rangers, 2004–2005; New York Yankees, 2009).[9] Jeff Bagwell, formerly of the National League's Houston Astros, has also won the award three times (1994, 1997, 1999).[10] One player has won the award while playing for two different teams during his winning season. Fred McGriff was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Atlanta Braves during the 1993 season; he won the Silver Slugger Award with a .291 batting average and 37 home runs between the two teams.[11] One father-son combination has won the award: Cecil Fielder won the American League Silver Slugger with the Detroit Tigers in 1990 and 1991,[12] and his son Prince Fielder won the National League award with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007.[13] Pujols and Miguel Cabrera are the most recent winners.

Helton holds the record for the highest batting average in a first baseman's Silver Slugger-winning season with the .372 mark he set in 2000.[4] In the American League, Frank Thomas' .353 batting average in 1994 ranks first,[14] and is the third-best in the history of the award. Mark McGwire holds the records in both leagues for most home runs and highest slugging percentage. McGwire slugged .730 and hit 52 home runs for the Oakland Athletics in 1996, the year before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.[15] In 1998, McGwire hit 70 home runs on his way to the Major League home run record, slugging .752 while battling the entire season with Sammy Sosa.[15] Andrés Galarraga had 150 runs batted in (RBI) in 1996 when he won the award,[16] followed closely by Ryan Howard's 2006 total of 149.[17] The American League record for a Silver Slugger winner is 145 RBI, achieved by Mattingly (1985)[8] and Delgado (2003).[7]

Key[edit]

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 Slugger Awards at his position (** indicates tie)
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

American League winners[edit]

A man in a gray baseball uniform and navy blue batting helmet jogs down a baseline. His jersey reads "New York" in navy blue block print.
Mark Teixeira won the AL Silver Slugger in 2009.
Year Player Team AVG OBP SLG HR RBI Ref
1980 Cooper, CecilCecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers .352 .387 .539 25 122 [18]
1981 Cooper, CecilCecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers .320 .363 .495 12 60 [19]
1982 Cooper, CecilCecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers .313 .342 .528 32 121 [20]
1983 Murray, EddieEddie Murray Baltimore Orioles .306 .393 .538 33 111 [21]
1984 Murray, EddieEddie Murray Baltimore Orioles .306 .410 .509 29 110 [22]
1985 Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly New York Yankees .324 .371 .567 35 145 [23]
1986 Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly New York Yankees .352 .394 .573 31 113 [24]
1987 Mattingly, DonDon Mattingly New York Yankees .327 .378 .559 30 115 [25]
1988 Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett Kansas City Royals .306 .389 .509 24 103 [26]
1989 McGriff, FredFred McGriff Toronto Blue Jays .269 .399 .525 36 92 [27]
1990 Fielder, CecilCecil Fielder Detroit Tigers .277 .377 .592 51 132 [28]
1991 Fielder, CecilCecil Fielder Detroit Tigers .261 .347 .513 44 133 [29]
1992 McGwire, MarkMark McGwire Oakland Athletics .268 .385 .585 42 104 [30]
1993 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas Chicago White Sox .317 .426 .607 41 128 [31]
1994 Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas Chicago White Sox .353 .487 .729 38 101 [32]
1995 Vaughn, MoMo Vaughn Boston Red Sox .300 .388 .575 39 126 [33]
1996 McGwire, MarkMark McGwire Oakland Athletics .312 .467 .730 52 113 [34]
1997 Martinez, TinoTino Martinez New York Yankees .296 .371 .577 44 141 [35]
1998 Palmeiro, RafaelRafael Palmeiro Baltimore Orioles .296 .379 .565 43 121 [36]
1999 Delgado, CarlosCarlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays .272 .377 .571 44 134 [37]
2000 Delgado, CarlosCarlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays .344 .470 .664 41 137 [38]
2001 Giambi, JasonJason Giambi Oakland Athletics .342 .477 .660 38 120 [39]
2002 Giambi, JasonJason Giambi New York Yankees .314 .435 .598 41 122 [40]
2003 Delgado, CarlosCarlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays .302 .426 .593 42 145 [41]
2004 Teixeira, MarkMark Teixeira Texas Rangers .281 .370 .560 38 112 [42]
2005 Teixeira, MarkMark Teixeira Texas Rangers .301 .379 .575 43 144 [43]
2006 Morneau, JustinJustin Morneau Minnesota Twins .321 .375 .559 34 130 [44]
2007 Pena, CarlosCarlos Peña Tampa Bay Devil Rays .282 .411 .627 46 121 [45]
2008 Morneau, JustinJustin Morneau Minnesota Twins .300 .374 .499 23 129 [46]
2009 Teixeira, MarkMark Teixeira New York Yankees .292 .383 .565 39 122 [47]
2010 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers .328 .420 .622 38 126 [48]
2011 Gonzalez, AdrianAdrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox .338 .410 .548 27 117 [49]
2012 Fielder, PrincePrince Fielder Detroit Tigers .313 .412 .528 30 108 [50]
2013 Davis, ChrisChris Davis Baltimore Orioles .286 .370 .634 53 138 [51]

National League winners[edit]

Albert Pujols, wearing the Cardinals' alternate powder-blue uniform, prepares to swing
Albert Pujols won the NL Silver Slugger Award at first base in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010 after two previous wins at other positions.
Prince Fielder, wearing the alternate navy-blue Brewers home jersey, in his follow-through after a pitch
Prince Fielder won the NL Silver Slugger Award in 2007, 16 years after his father's last win.
Year Player Team AVG OBP SLG HR RBI Ref
1980 Hernandez, KeithKeith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals .321 .408 .494 16 99 [52]
1981 Rose, PetePete Rose Philadelphia Phillies .325 .391 .390 0 33 [53]
1982 Oliver, AlAl Oliver Montreal Expos .331 .392 .514 22 109 [54]
1983 Hendrick, GeorgeGeorge Hendrick St. Louis Cardinals .318 .373 .493 18 97 [55]
1984 Hernandez, KeithKeith Hernandez New York Mets .311 .409 .449 15 94 [56]
1985 Clark, JackJack Clark St. Louis Cardinals .281 .393 .502 22 87 [57]
1986 Davis, GlennGlenn Davis Houston Astros .265 .344 .493 31 101 [58]
1987 Clark, JackJack Clark St. Louis Cardinals .286 .459 .597 35 106 [59]
1988 Galarraga, AndrésAndrés Galarraga Montreal Expos .302 .352 .540 29 92 [60]
1989 Clark, WillWill Clark San Francisco Giants .333 .407 .546 23 111 [61]
1990 Murray, EddieEddie Murray Los Angeles Dodgers .330 .414 .520 26 95 [62]
1991 Clark, WillWill Clark San Francisco Giants .301 .359 .536 29 116 [63]
1992 McGriff, FredFred McGriff San Diego Padres .286 .394 .556 35 104 [64]
1993 McGriff, FredFred McGriff San Diego Padres
Atlanta Braves
.291 .375 .549 37 101 [65]
[66]
1994 Bagwell, JeffJeff Bagwell Houston Astros .368 .451 .750 39 116 [67]
1995 Karros, EricEric Karros Los Angeles Dodgers .298 .369 .535 32 105 [68]
1996 Galarraga, AndrésAndrés Galarraga Colorado Rockies .304 .357 .601 47 150 [69]
1997 Bagwell, JeffJeff Bagwell Houston Astros .286 .425 .592 43 135 [70]
1998 McGwire, MarkMark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals .299 .470 .752 70 147 [71]
1999 Bagwell, JeffJeff Bagwell Houston Astros .304 .454 .591 42 126 [72]
2000 Helton, ToddTodd Helton** Colorado Rockies .372 .463 .698 42 147 [73]
2001 Helton, ToddTodd Helton** Colorado Rockies .336 .432 .685 49 146 [74]
2002 Helton, ToddTodd Helton** Colorado Rockies .329 .429 .577 30 109 [75]
2003 Helton, ToddTodd Helton** Colorado Rockies .358 .458 .630 33 117 [76]
2004 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols** St. Louis Cardinals .331 .415 .657 46 123 [77]
2005 Lee, DerrekDerrek Lee Chicago Cubs .335 .418 .662 46 107 [78]
2006 Howard, RyanRyan Howard Philadelphia Phillies .313 .425 .659 58 149 [79]
2007 Fielder, PrincePrince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers .288 .395 .618 50 119 [80]
2008 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols** St. Louis Cardinals .357 .462 .653 37 116 [81]
2009 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols** St. Louis Cardinals .327 .443 .658 47 135 [82]
2010 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols** St. Louis Cardinals .312 .414 .596 42 118 [83]
2011 Fielder, PrincePrince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers .299 .415 .566 38 120 [84]
2012 LaRoche, AdamAdam LaRoche Washington Nationals .271 .343 .510 33 100 [85]
2013 Goldschmidt, PaulPaul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks .302 .401 .551 36 125 [86]

Footnotes[edit]

  • a The Brewers were members of the American League until 1997, when Commissioner Bud Selig offered the team the option to switch leagues due to a realignment of Major League Baseball's divisions. The Brewers have been members of the National League since 1998.[87]

See also[edit]

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