List of Silver Slugger Award winners at shortstop

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Barry Larkin follows through after a hit, wearing a Cincinnati Reds uniform
Barry Larkin is the Silver Slugger Award leader among shortstops, with nine wins.

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 shortstops, Barry Larkin is the leader in Silver Slugger Awards, with nine wins between 1988 and 1999, including five consecutive awards (1988–1992).[4] Larkin is fourth all-time in Silver Slugger wins among all positions, behind outfielder Barry Bonds,[5] catcher Mike Piazza[6] and third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who won his first seven awards at shortstop before a position change.[7] Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. won eight Silver Sluggers as a shortstop from 1983 to 1993.[8] Other multiple awardees include three-time winners Alan Trammell (1987–1988, 1990),[9] Derek Jeter (2006–2008)[10] and Edgar Rentería (2000; 2002–2003),[11] along with two-time champions Troy Tulowitzki (2010–2011),[12] Hanley Ramírez (2008–2009),[13] Miguel Tejada (2004–2005),[14] Robin Yount (1980, 1982),[15] Hubie Brooks (1985–1986),[16] Dave Concepción (1981–1982)[17] and Garry Templeton (1980, 1984).[18] Tulowitzki (National League) and Asdrúbal Cabrera (American League) are the most recent winners.

Rodriguez' offensive statistics in his seven Silver Slugger-winning seasons lead American League and major league shortstops in most categories;[7] his batting average of .358 and .631 slugging percentage in 1996, .420 on-base percentage in 2000 and 57 home runs in 2002 are records among winning shortstops.[7] The lone category in which Rodriguez does not lead the American League is runs batted in (RBI), where Miguel Tejada is the leader; he batted in 150 runs in 2004.[14] The RBI leaders in the National League are Rentería and Brooks, who each batted in 100 runs during the 2003 and 1985 seasons, respectively.[11][16] In contrast, Rodriguez collected RBI totals over 100 (ranging from 111 in 1999 to 142 in 2002) in all of his Silver Slugger-winning seasons,[7] highlighting the difference in power and production between American League and National League shortstops.[19] Other National League leaders include Larkin, who leads in batting average (.348, 1989) and on-base percentage (.410, 1996), along with Rich Aurilia, who leads in slugging percentage (.572, 2001) and home runs (37, 2001).[20] Though he has never played in the National League, Rodriguez' 40 or more home runs in six of his seven winning seasons at shortstop are greater than any total hit by a National League winner at third base.[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
* Winner of the most Silver Sluggers in Major League Baseball as a shortstop
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

American League winners[edit]

Asdrúbal Cabrera won the 2011 AL Silver Slugger winner.
Derek Jeter swings at a pitch
Derek Jeter won four consecutive AL Silver Slugger Awards at shortstop (2006–2009) and another in 2012.
Year Player Team AVG OBP SLG HR RBI Ref
1980 Yount, RobinRobin Yount Milwaukee Brewers .293 .321 .519 23 87 [21]
1981 Burleson, RickRick Burleson California Angels .293 .357 .372 5 33 [22]
1982 Yount, RobinRobin Yount Milwaukee Brewers .331 .379 .578 29 114 [23]
1983 Ripken, CalCal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles .318 .371 .517 27 102 [24]
1984 Ripken, CalCal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles .304 .374 .510 27 86 [25]
1985 Ripken, CalCal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles .282 .347 .469 26 110 [26]
1986 Ripken, CalCal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles .282 .355 .461 25 81 [27]
1987 Trammell, AlanAlan Trammell Detroit Tigers .343 .402 .551 28 105 [28]
1988 Trammell, AlanAlan Trammell Detroit Tigers .311 .373 .464 15 69 [29]
1989 Ripken, CalCal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles .257 .317 .401 21 93 [30]
1990 Trammell, AlanAlan Trammell Detroit Tigers .304 .377 .449 14 89 [31]
1991 Ripken, CalCal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles .323 .374 .566 34 114 [32]
1992 Fryman, TravisTravis Fryman Detroit Tigers .266 .316 .416 20 96 [33]
1993 Ripken, CalCal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles .257 .329 .420 24 90 [34]
1994 Ripken, CalCal Ripken, Jr. Baltimore Orioles .315 .364 .459 13 75 [35]
1995 Valentin, JohnJohn Valentin Boston Red Sox .298 .399 .533 27 102 [36]
1996 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners .358 .414 .631 36 123 [37]
1997 Garciaparra, NomarNomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox .306 .342 .534 30 98 [38]
1998 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners .310 .360 .560 42 124 [39]
1999 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners .285 .357 .586 42 111 [40]
2000 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners .316 .420 .606 41 132 [41]
2001 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez Texas Rangers .318 .399 .622 52 135 [42]
2002 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez Texas Rangers .300 .392 .623 57 142 [43]
2003 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez Texas Rangers .298 .396 .600 47 118 [44]
2004 Tejada, MiguelMiguel Tejada Baltimore Orioles .311 .360 .534 34 150 [45]
2005 Tejada, MiguelMiguel Tejada Baltimore Orioles .304 .349 .515 26 98 [46]
2006 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter New York Yankees .343 .417 .483 14 97 [47]
2007 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter New York Yankees .322 .388 .452 12 73 [48]
2008 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter New York Yankees .300 .363 .408 11 69 [49]
2009 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter New York Yankees .334 .406 .465 18 66 [50]
2010 Ramírez, AlexeiAlexei Ramírez Chicago White Sox .282 .313 .431 18 70 [51]
2011 Cabrera, AsdrúbalAsdrúbal Cabrera Cleveland Indians .273 .332 .460 25 92 [52]
2012 Jeter, DerekDerek Jeter New York Yankees .316 .362 .429 15 58 [53]
2013 Hardy, J. J.J. J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles .263 .306 .433 25 76 [54]

National League winners[edit]

Troy Tulowitzki is the NL's most recent Silver Slugger winner. He has won the award in back-to-back seasons (2010 and 2011).
Hanley Ramirez picks up his front foot as he prepares to swing at a pitch
Hanley Ramirez won back-to-back NL Silver Slugger Awards in 2008 and 2009.
Year Player Team AVG OBP SLG HR RBI Ref
1980 Templeton, GarryGarry Templeton St. Louis Cardinals .319 .342 .417 4 43 [55]
1981 Concepcion, DaveDave Concepción Cincinnati Reds .306 .358 .409 5 67 [56]
1982 Concepcion, DaveDave Concepción Cincinnati Reds .287 .337 .371 5 53 [57]
1983 Thon, DickieDickie Thon Houston Astros .286 .341 .457 20 79 [58]
1984 Templeton, GarryGarry Templeton San Diego Padres .258 .312 .320 2 35 [59]
1985 Brooks, HubieHubie Brooks Montreal Expos .269 .310 .413 13 100 [60]
1986 Brooks, HubieHubie Brooks Montreal Expos .340 .388 .569 14 58 [61]
1987 Smith, OzzieOzzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals .303 .392 .383 0 75 [62]
1988 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin* Cincinnati Reds .296 .347 .429 12 56 [63]
1989 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin* Cincinnati Reds .342 .375 .446 4 36 [64]
1990 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin* Cincinnati Reds .301 .358 .396 7 67 [65]
1991 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin* Cincinnati Reds .302 .378 .506 20 69 [66]
1992 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin* Cincinnati Reds .304 .377 .454 12 78 [67]
1993 Bell, JayJay Bell Pittsburgh Pirates .310 .392 .437 9 51 [68]
1994 Cordero, WilWil Cordero Montreal Expos .294 .363 .489 15 63 [69]
1995 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin* Cincinnati Reds .319 .394 .492 15 66 [70]
1996 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin* Cincinnati Reds .298 .410 .567 33 89 [71]
1997 Blauser, JeffJeff Blauser Atlanta Braves .308 .405 .482 17 70 [72]
1998 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin* Cincinnati Reds .309 .397 .504 17 72 [73]
1999 Larkin, BarryBarry Larkin* Cincinnati Reds .293 .390 .420 12 75 [74]
2000 Renteria, EdgarEdgar Rentería St. Louis Cardinals .278 .346 .423 16 76 [75]
2001 Aurilia, RichRich Aurilia San Francisco Giants .324 .369 .572 37 97 [76]
2002 Renteria, EdgarEdgar Rentería St. Louis Cardinals .305 .364 .439 11 83 [77]
2003 Renteria, EdgarEdgar Rentería St. Louis Cardinals .330 .394 .480 13 100 [78]
2004 Wilson, JackJack Wilson Pittsburgh Pirates .308 .335 .459 11 59 [79]
2005 Lopez, FelipeFelipe López Cincinnati Reds .291 .352 .486 23 85 [80]
2006 Reyes, JoseJosé Reyes New York Mets .300 .354 .487 19 81 [81]
2007 Rollins, JimmyJimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies .296 .344 .531 30 94 [82]
2008 Ramirez, HanleyHanley Ramírez Florida Marlins .301 .400 .540 33 67 [83]
2009 Ramirez, HanleyHanley Ramírez Florida Marlins .342 .410 .543 24 106 [84]
2010 Tulowitzki, TroyTroy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies .315 .381 .568 27 95 [85]
2011 Tulowitzki, TroyTroy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies .302 .372 .544 30 105 [86]
2012 Desmond, IanIan Desmond Washington Nationals .292 .335 .511 25 73 [87]
2013 Desmond, IanIan Desmond Washington Nationals .280 .331 .453 20 80 [88]

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