Astros’ Bregman, Greinke and Springer win Silver Slugger Awards

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The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball.

Cruz has now won three Silver Slugger awards in his career - he also was honored in 2015 and 2017 while with Seattle - and joins Paul Molitor (1996) as the second Twins DH ever to win.

First-timers for the American League are Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana, New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu, Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman and Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver.

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In 145 games, the Del City, Oklahoma, native slashed.275/.328/.493 and set career highs in plate appearances (593), at-bats (538), runs scored (92), doubles (36), home runs (25), RBI (83), walks (41), and total bases (265).

He previously won in 2018 as one of the Milwaukee Brewers - and in 2016 as one of the Miami Marlins. Garver joins five-time Silver Slugger victor Joe Mauer as the only Twins catcher to earn the honor. Cruz ranked second in the American League in OPS and slugging percentage (.639), tied for third in home runs, sixth in batting average and seventh in RBI, joining Boston's J.D. Martinez as the only two players to rank in the top-10 for all three AL Triple Crown categories.

Anthony Rendon was honored as the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award victor for National League third baseman on Thursday night.

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