List of Silver Slugger Award winners at first base

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Todd Helton standing on the infield, looking left and wearing a baseball glove
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, Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals have won the most Silver Sluggers, with four each. Goldschmidt won the award in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018, 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][6] Pujols has also won the award at third base and outfield before converting to first base.[6] In the American League, five players have won the award three times: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers; 2010, 2015, 2016)[7] Cecil Cooper (Milwaukee Brewers;[a] 1980–1982);[8] Carlos Delgado (Toronto Blue Jays; 1999–2000, 2003),[9] Don Mattingly (New York Yankees; 1985–1987);[10] and Mark Teixeira (Texas Rangers, 2004–2005; New York Yankees, 2009).[11] Jeff Bagwell, formerly of the National League's Houston Astros, has also won the award three times (1994, 1997, 1999).[12] 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.[13] One father-son combination has won the award: Cecil Fielder won the American League Silver Slugger with the Detroit Tigers in 1990 and 1991,[14] and his son Prince Fielder won the National League award with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 and 2011, and the American League award with the Tigers in 2012.[15] José Abreu and Paul Goldschmidt 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.[5] In the American League, Frank Thomas' .353 batting average in 1994 ranks first,[16] and is the third-best in the history of the award. Mark McGwire holds the records in both leagues for highest slugging percentage, and the National League record for most home runs. McGwire slugged .730 for the Oakland Athletics in 1996, the year before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.[17] 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.[17] Chris Davis holds the American League record for most home runs in a Silver Slugger season when he hit 53 in 2013. [18] Andrés Galarraga had 150 runs batted in (RBI) in 1996 when he won the award,[19] followed closely by Ryan Howard's 2006 total of 149.[20] The American League record for a Silver Slugger winner is 145 RBI, achieved by Mattingly (1985)[10] and Delgado (2003).[9]

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 Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers .352 .387 .539 25 122 [21]
1981 Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers .320 .363 .495 12 60 [22]
1982 Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers .313 .342 .528 32 121 [23]
1983 Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles .306 .393 .538 33 111 [24]
1984 Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles .306 .410 .509 29 110 [25]
1985 Don Mattingly New York Yankees .324 .371 .567 35 145 [26]
1986 Don Mattingly New York Yankees .352 .394 .573 31 113 [27]
1987 Don Mattingly New York Yankees .327 .378 .559 30 115 [28]
1988 George Brett Kansas City Royals .306 .389 .509 24 103 [29]
1989 Fred McGriff Toronto Blue Jays .269 .399 .525 36 92 [30]
1990 Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers .277 .377 .592 51 132 [31]
1991 Cecil Fielder Detroit Tigers .261 .347 .513 44 133 [32]
1992 Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics .268 .385 .585 42 104 [33]
1993 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox .317 .426 .607 41 128 [34]
1994 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox .353 .487 .729 38 101 [35]
1995 Mo Vaughn Boston Red Sox .300 .388 .575 39 126 [36]
1996 Mark McGwire Oakland Athletics .312 .467 .730 52 113 [37]
1997 Tino Martinez New York Yankees .296 .371 .577 44 141 [38]
1998 Rafael Palmeiro Baltimore Orioles .296 .379 .565 43 121 [39]
1999 Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays .272 .377 .571 44 134 [40]
2000 Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays .344 .470 .664 41 137 [41]
2001 Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics .342 .477 .660 38 120 [42]
2002 Jason Giambi New York Yankees .314 .435 .598 41 122 [43]
2003 Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays .302 .426 .593 42 145 [44]
2004 Mark Teixeira Texas Rangers .281 .370 .560 38 112 [45]
2005 Mark Teixeira Texas Rangers .301 .379 .575 43 144 [46]
2006 Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins .321 .375 .559 34 130 [47]
2007 Carlos Peña Tampa Bay Devil Rays .282 .411 .627 46 121 [48]
2008 Justin Morneau Minnesota Twins .300 .374 .499 23 129 [49]
2009 Mark Teixeira New York Yankees .292 .383 .565 39 122 [50]
2010 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers .328 .420 .622 38 126 [51]
2011 Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox .338 .410 .548 27 117 [52]
2012 Prince Fielder Detroit Tigers .313 .412 .528 30 108 [53]
2013 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles .286 .370 .634 53 138 [54]
2014 José Abreu Chicago White Sox .317 .383 .581 36 107 [55]
2015 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers .338 .440 .534 18 76 [56]
2016 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers .316 .393 .563 38 108 [57]
2017 Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals .318 .385 .498 25 94 [58]
2018 José Abreu Chicago White Sox .265 .325 .473 22 78 [59]

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 Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals .321 .408 .494 16 99 [60]
1981 Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies .325 .391 .390 0 33 [61]
1982 Al Oliver Montreal Expos .331 .392 .514 22 109 [62]
1983 George Hendrick St. Louis Cardinals .318 .373 .493 18 97 [63]
1984 Keith Hernandez New York Mets .311 .409 .449 15 94 [64]
1985 Jack Clark St. Louis Cardinals .281 .393 .502 22 87 [65]
1986 Glenn Davis Houston Astros .265 .344 .493 31 101 [66]
1987 Jack Clark St. Louis Cardinals .286 .459 .597 35 106 [67]
1988 Andrés Galarraga Montreal Expos .302 .352 .540 29 92 [68]
1989 Will Clark San Francisco Giants .333 .407 .546 23 111 [69]
1990 Eddie Murray Los Angeles Dodgers .330 .414 .520 26 95 [70]
1991 Will Clark San Francisco Giants .301 .359 .536 29 116 [71]
1992 Fred McGriff San Diego Padres .286 .394 .556 35 104 [72]
1993 Fred McGriff San Diego Padres
Atlanta Braves
.291 .375 .549 37 101 [73]
[74]
1994 Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros .368 .451 .750 39 116 [75]
1995 Eric Karros Los Angeles Dodgers .298 .369 .535 32 105 [76]
1996 Andrés Galarraga Colorado Rockies .304 .357 .601 47 150 [77]
1997 Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros .286 .425 .592 43 135 [78]
1998 Mark McGwire St. Louis Cardinals .299 .470 .752 70 147 [79]
1999 Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros .304 .454 .591 42 126 [80]
2000 Todd Helton** Colorado Rockies .372 .463 .698 42 147 [81]
2001 Todd Helton** Colorado Rockies .336 .432 .685 49 146 [82]
2002 Todd Helton** Colorado Rockies .329 .429 .577 30 109 [83]
2003 Todd Helton** Colorado Rockies .358 .458 .630 33 117 [84]
2004 Albert Pujols** St. Louis Cardinals .331 .415 .657 46 123 [85]
2005 Derrek Lee Chicago Cubs .335 .418 .662 46 107 [86]
2006 Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies .313 .425 .659 58 149 [87]
2007 Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers .288 .395 .618 50 119 [88]
2008 Albert Pujols** St. Louis Cardinals .357 .462 .653 37 116 [89]
2009 Albert Pujols** St. Louis Cardinals .327 .443 .658 47 135 [90]
2010 Albert Pujols** St. Louis Cardinals .312 .414 .596 42 118 [91]
2011 Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers .299 .415 .566 38 120 [92]
2012 Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals .271 .343 .510 33 100 [93]
2013 Paul Goldschmidt** Arizona Diamondbacks .302 .401 .551 36 125 [94]
2014 Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers .276 .335 .482 27 116 [95]
2015 Paul Goldschmidt** Arizona Diamondbacks .321 .435 .570 33 110 [96]
2016 Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs .292 .385 .544 32 109 [97]
2017 Paul Goldschmidt** Arizona Diamondbacks .297 .404 .563 36 120 [98]
2018 Paul Goldschmidt** Arizona Diamondbacks .290 .389 .533 33 83 [99]

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.[100]

See also[edit]

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