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Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton highlight 2017 Silver Slugger Award winners

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Awards season continues with the 2017 Silver Slugger Awards handed out on Thursday evening. Here are your winners:

American League

  • C: Gary Sanchez (Yankees), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • 1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • 2B: Jose Altuve (Astros), fourth career Silver Slugger Award (fourth consecutive)
  • 3B: Jose Ramirez (Indians), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • SS: Francisco Lindor (Indians), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Aaron Judge (Yankees), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Justin Upton (Angels), third career Silver Slugger Award
  • OFGeorge Springer (Astros), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • DH: Nelson Cruz (Mariners), second career Silver Slugger Award

Mike Trout deserved his sixth career Silver Slugger Award, but he missed some time with injury during the season and only played in 114 games. That likely explains why he was left out.

National League

  • C: Buster Posey (Giants), fourth career Silver Slugger Award
  • 1B: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks), third career Silver Slugger Award
  • 2B: Daniel Murphy (Nationals), second career Silver Slugger Award
  • 3B: Nolan Arenado (Rockies), third career Silver Slugger Award (third consecutive)
  • SS: Corey Seager (Dodgers), second career Silver Slugger Award (second consecutive)
  • OF: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins), second career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Marcell Ozuna (Marlins), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Charlie Blackmon (Rockies), second career Silver Slugger Award (second consecutive)
  • P: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals), first career Silver Slugger Award

Like Trout, Freddie Freeman was a deserving Silver Slugger Award candidate, but he was likely discounted due to missing time during the season with an injury. He played in only 117 games.

A couple of Reds players were snubbed. Joey Votto‘s rate stats compare favorably to Goldschmidt’s, as do Zack Cozart‘s to Seager’s. The winners had slight edges in some counting stats, but RBI and runs scored are dependent on the players’ teammates. It’s disappointing that managers and coaches, who vote on the Silver Slugger Awards, still place so much importance on them.

  • Votto: .320/.454/.578, 36 HR, 100 RBI, 106 R
  • Goldschmidt: .297/.404/.563, 36 HR, 120 RBI, 117 R
  • Cozart: .297/.385/.548, 24 HR, 63 RBI, 80 R
  • Seager: .295/.375/.479, 22 HR, 77 RBI, 85 R

Votto how now been in the league 11 years and has not won a single Silver Slugger Award.

Yu Darvish lands on 10-day disabled list again with triceps tendinitis

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Bad news for the Cubs’ Yu Darvish: The right-hander is headed back to the disabled list with right triceps tendinitis, the team announced Saturday. It’s the second such assignment for Darvish this season, but the first time he’s been sidelined with arm issues. Neither the severity of his injury nor a concrete timeframe for his recovery has been revealed yet, but the move is retroactive to May 23 and will allow him to come off the DL by June 2, assuming all goes well.

Prior to the injury, Darvish went 1-3 in eight starts with a 4.95 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 40 innings. Needless to say, these aren’t the kind of results the Cubs were hoping to see after inking the righty to a six-year, $126 million contract back in February, though the circumstances affecting his performances appear to have largely been out of his control. He missed a start in early May after coming down with the flu and has struggled to pitch beyond the fifth inning in five of his eight starts to date.

The Cubs recalled left-hander Randy Rosario from Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move. Rosario has yet to amass more than five career innings in the majors, but has impressed at Triple-A so far this year: he maintained an 0.97 ERA, 2.8 BB/9 and 6.1 SO/9 through 19 1/3 innings in 2018. As for Darvish’s next scheduled turn in the rotation, Tyler Chatwood is lined up to take the mound when the Cubs face off against the Giants in the series finale on Sunday. A starter for Monday night’s game has yet to be determined.