2014 Silver Slugger Award winners are announced

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The 2014 Silver Slugger Awards presented by Louisville Slugger will be announced this evening (6:00 p.m. ET) during an hour-long special on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the top hitter at each position in both the American League and the National League. Votes are cast by MLB’s coaches and managers. We’ll post the names of this year’s recipients as they are announced:

American League

First Base:

Jose Abreu, White Sox

Second Base:

Jose Altuve, Astros

Shortstop:

Alexei Ramirez, White Sox

Third Base:

Adrian Beltre, Rangers

Outfield:

Mike Trout, Angels

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

Michael Brantley, Indians

Catcher:

Yan Gomes, Indians

Designated Hitter:

Victor Martinez, Tigers

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National League

First Base:

Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers

Second Base:

Neil Walker, Pirates

Shortstop:

Ian Desmond, Nationals

Third Base:

Anthony Rendon, Nationals

Outfield:

Andrew McCutchen, Pirates

Justin Upton, Braves

Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins

Catcher:

Buster Posey, Giants

Starting Pitcher:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).