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.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.