Altuve, Springer swing way to Silver Sluggers

Tricia Pearson
November 11, 2017

The outfielder's home runs set a franchise record and tied for the seventh-most homers recorded by a leadoff hitter in Major League Baseball history.

First baseman Eric Hosmer joined an elite list of Kansas City Royals players Thursday when he was named the American League's 2017 Louisville Silver Slugger Award victor.

Any award attributed to the 2017 Giants should be relished, and one that involves the word "slugger" should particularly be cherished, given the Giants were second to last in batting stats.

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Six teams have a 100 percent GSR: men's fencing, rifle, pistol, men's volleyball, women's tennis and women's volleyball. The football team garnered a score of 80 percent, which was an improvement on last year's 76 percent mark.

The longtime Cardinals pitcher, 36, was honored Thursday with his first National League Silver Slugger Award, denoting mastery with the bat. He batted.273 for the season with 44 doubles, four triples, 33 home runs and 89 RBI in 159 games.

Altuve has already taken home several awards this season, most recently the Players Choice Awards' MLB Player of the Year and AL Most Outstanding Player, which he won Wednesday.

Altuve has been named a finalist for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's AL Most Valuable Player Award, which will be announced Tuesday. In the AL this season, he ranked first in infield hits, tied for second in runs (with Springer), was third in on-base percentage, third in stolen bases, third in OPS, fifth in total bases and sixth in slugging. He also set new Major League records with 103 RBI and 383 total bases from the leadoff position.

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