On Thursday Night, the Silver Slugger award winners for both leagues was announced on the MLB Network. Would any Arizona Diamondbacks take home the award?
That Paul Goldschmidt captured his fourth Silver Slugger award won’t surprise anyone, but his path to the award was a bit unorthodox. He hit a stomach-churning .144/.252/.278 in May, leading many to speculate over any number of body-switching scenarios that might be causing the uncharacteristic performance, a la Space Jam or Freaky Friday.
Whatever happened, Goldschmidt figured it out and set the National League on fire, hitting .364/.460/.738 with 10 home runs and a 214 wRC+ in June. That’s about as good as one can expect a human being to hit in a month.
David Peralta wins his first Silver Slugger in the outfield after slashing .293/.352/.516 in left field. His 130 wRC+ is 12% higher than his career average, 30% higher than league average.
Markakis, who also won a Gold Glove, takes home the award for the first time in his age-34 season.
Congratulations as well to ex-diamondback J.D. Martinez, who made history by taking home the award as both an outfielder and the designated hitter in the AL.
In 2017, Martinez put on an awe-inspiring display in 62 games for the Diamondbacks when he slugged an absurd .741 with 29 home runs in only 62 games.
Martinez kept the good times rollin’ in Boston this year, hitting .330/.402/.629 with 43 home runs and 130 RBIs for the World Champion Red Sox. Teammate Mookie Betts will likely win the AL MVP, but with these two Silver Sluggers, Martinez gets some special hardware of his own.