List of Silver Slugger Award winners at third base

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Wade Boggs wearing the 2008 American League All-Star uniform
Wade Boggs has won the most Silver Slugger Awards among third basemen.

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 third basemen, Wade Boggs has won the most Silver Slugger Awards, winning eight times with the rival Boston Red Sox (six) and New York Yankees (two).[4] In the National League, Mike Schmidt leads with six wins;[5] Schmidt won the first five National League Silver Slugger Awards at third base from 1980, when he led the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series, to 1984[6] before his streak was broken by Tim Wallach.[7] Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has won three American League Silver Sluggers at the position, and has ten wins in his career as he accumulated seven wins at shortstop with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.[8] Two National League third basemen have also won three Silver Sluggers. Matt Williams won the award in 1990, 1993, and 1994,[9] when he was on pace to tie Roger Maris' home run record of 61 before the players' strike;[10] Vinny Castilla won three awards in four years for the Colorado Rockies (1995, 1997–1998).[11] Chase Headley and Miguel Cabrera are the most recent winners.

George Brett hit .390 for the Kansas City Royals in the award's inaugural season, the highest average by a third baseman in the Silver Slugger era.[12] Miguel Cabrera holds the National League batting average record for a third baseman (.339 in 2006).[13] However, overall leader Boggs accumulated five winning seasons with a higher batting average than Cabrera's record.[4] Boggs holds the record for the highest on-base percentage in a third baseman's winning season, with .476 in 1988;[4] Chipper Jones' National League record is .441, achieved in 1999.[14] Brett also holds the record for highest slugging percentage (.664 in 1980),[12] followed by National League record-holder Schmidt (.644 in 1981).[5] Schmidt's 48 home runs are tied with Adrián Beltré for most in the National League during an award-winning season.[5][15] Despite this, Rodriguez holds the Major League record, with 54 home runs in 2007.[8] Rodriguez batted in 156 runs during the 2007 season;[8] the National League record is held by Castilla (144 runs batted in during 1998).[11]

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 third baseman
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

American League winners[edit]

Adrián Beltré has won 2010 and 2011 AL Silver Slugger at third base.
A right-handed man in a grey baseball uniform reading "Rays" swings a baseball bat.
Evan Longoria won the 2009 third baseman's Silver Slugger in the AL.
Year Player Team AVG OBP SLG HR RBI Ref
1980 Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett Kansas City Royals .390 .454 .664 24 118 [16]
1981 Lansford, CarneyCarney Lansford Boston Red Sox .336 .389 .439 4 52 [17]
1982 DeCinces, DougDoug DeCinces California Angels .301 .369 .548 30 97 [18]
1983 Boggs, WadeWade Boggs* Boston Red Sox .361 .444 .486 5 74 [19]
1984 Bell, BuddyBuddy Bell Texas Rangers .315 .382 .458 11 83 [20]
1985 Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett Kansas City Royals .335 .436 .585 30 112 [21]
1986 Boggs, WadeWade Boggs* Boston Red Sox .357 .453 .486 8 71 [22]
1987 Boggs, WadeWade Boggs* Boston Red Sox .363 .461 .588 24 89 [23]
1988 Boggs, WadeWade Boggs* Boston Red Sox .366 .476 .490 5 58 [24]
1989 Boggs, WadeWade Boggs* Boston Red Sox .330 .430 .449 3 54 [25]
1990 Gruber, KellyKelly Gruber Toronto Blue Jays .274 .330 .512 31 118 [26]
1991 Boggs, WadeWade Boggs* Boston Red Sox .332 .421 .460 8 51 [27]
1992 Martinez, EdgarEdgar Martínez Seattle Mariners .343 .404 .544 18 73 [28]
1993 Boggs, WadeWade Boggs* New York Yankees .302 .378 .363 2 59 [29]
1994 Boggs, WadeWade Boggs* New York Yankees .342 .433 .489 11 55 [30]
1995 Gaetti, GaryGary Gaetti Kansas City Royals .261 .329 .518 35 96 [31]
1996 Thome, JimJim Thome Cleveland Indians .311 .450 .612 38 116 [32]
1997 Williams, MattMatt Williams Cleveland Indians .263 .307 .488 32 105 [33]
1998 Palmer, DeanDean Palmer Kansas City Royals .278 .333 .510 34 119 [34]
1999 Palmer, DeanDean Palmer Detroit Tigers .263 .339 .518 38 100 [35]
2000 Glaus, TroyTroy Glaus Anaheim Angels .284 .404 .604 47 102 [36]
2001 Glaus, TroyTroy Glaus Anaheim Angels .250 .367 .531 41 108 [37]
2002 Chavez, EricEric Chavez Oakland Athletics .275 .348 .513 34 109 [38]
2003 Mueller, BillBill Mueller Boston Red Sox .326 .398 .540 19 85 [39]
2004 Mora, MelvinMelvin Mora Baltimore Orioles .340 .419 .562 27 104 [40]
2005 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez New York Yankees .321 .421 .610 48 130 [41]
2006 Crede, JoeJoe Crede Chicago White Sox .283 .323 .506 30 94 [42]
2007 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez New York Yankees .314 .422 .645 54 156 [43]
2008 Rodriguez, AlexAlex Rodriguez New York Yankees .302 .392 .573 35 103 [44]
2009 Longoria, EvanEvan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays .281 .364 .526 33 113 [45]
2010 Beltré, AdriánAdrián Beltré Boston Red Sox .321 .365 .553 28 102 [46]
2011 Beltré, AdriánAdrián Beltré Texas Rangers .296 .331 .561 32 105 [47]
2012 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers .330 .393 .606 44 139 [48]
2013 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers .348 .442 .636 44 137 [49]

National League winners[edit]

Ryan Zimmerman has won the 2009 and 2010 NL Silver Slugger Awards at third base.
David Wright stands ready in the batters' box wearing the New York Mets' alternate blue jersey
David Wright won back-to-back NL Silver Sluggers at third base in 2007 and 2008.
Year Player Team AVG OBP SLG HR RBI Ref
1980 Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies .286 .380 .624 48 121 [50]
1981 Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies .316 .435 .644 31 91 [51]
1982 Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies .280 .403 .547 35 87 [52]
1983 Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies .255 .399 .524 40 109 [53]
1984 Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies .277 .383 .536 36 106 [54]
1985 Wallach, TimTim Wallach Montreal Expos .260 .310 .450 22 81 [55]
1986 Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies .290 .390 .547 37 119 [56]
1987 Wallach, TimTim Wallach Montreal Expos .298 .343 .514 26 123 [57]
1988 Bonilla, BobbyBobby Bonilla Pittsburgh Pirates .274 .366 .476 24 100 [58]
1989 Johnson, HowardHoward Johnson New York Mets .287 .369 .559 36 101 [59]
1990 Williams, MattMatt Williams San Francisco Giants .277 .319 .488 33 122 [60]
1991 Johnson, HowardHoward Johnson New York Mets .259 .342 .535 38 117 [61]
1992 Sheffield, GaryGary Sheffield San Diego Padres .276 .380 .584 27 78 [62]
1993 Williams, MattMatt Williams San Francisco Giants .294 .325 .561 38 110 [63]
1994 Williams, MattMatt Williams San Francisco Giants .267 .319 .607 43 96 [64]
1995 Castilla, VinnyVinny Castilla Colorado Rockies .309 .347 .564 32 90 [65]
1996 Caminiti, KenKen Caminiti San Diego Padres .326 .408 .621 40 130 [66]
1997 Castilla, VinnyVinny Castilla Colorado Rockies .304 .356 .547 40 113 [67]
1998 Castilla, VinnyVinny Castilla Colorado Rockies .319 .362 .589 46 144 [68]
1999 Jones, ChipperChipper Jones Atlanta Braves .319 .441 .633 45 110 [69]
2000 Jones, ChipperChipper Jones Atlanta Braves .311 .404 .566 36 111 [70]
2001 Pujols, AlbertAlbert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals .329 .403 .610 37 130 [71]
2002 Rolen, ScottScott Rolen Philadelphia Phillies
St. Louis Cardinals
.266 .357 .503 31 110 [72]
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2003 Lowell, MikeMike Lowell Florida Marlins .276 .350 .530 32 105 [74]
2004 Beltre, AdrianAdrián Beltré Los Angeles Dodgers .334 .388 .629 48 121 [75]
2005 Ensberg, MorganMorgan Ensberg Houston Astros .283 .388 .557 36 101 [76]
2006 Cabrera, MiguelMiguel Cabrera Florida Marlins .339 .430 .568 26 114 [77]
2007 Wright, DavidDavid Wright New York Mets .325 .416 .546 30 107 [78]
2008 Wright, DavidDavid Wright New York Mets .302 .390 .534 33 124 [79]
2009 Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman Washington Nationals .292 .364 .525 33 106 [80]
2010 Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman Washington Nationals .307 .388 .510 25 85 [81]
2011 Ramírez, AramisAramis Ramírez Chicago Cubs .306 .361 .510 26 93 [82]
2012 Headley, ChaseChase Headley San Diego Padres .286 .376 .498 31 115 [83]
2013 Álvarez, PedroPedro Álvarez Pittsburgh Pirates .233 .296 .473 36 100 [84]

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