September 25, 2023

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Blue Jays Hernandez wins Silver Slugger; Betts, Tatis Jr.

Blue Jays Hernandez wins Silver Slugger;  Betts, Tatis Jr.

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Teoscar Hernandez received his first Silver Slugger award Thursday night, scoring 16 home runs this season and posting .919 OPS in 50 games.

The 2020 season posted career-highs for the 28-year-old Hernandez at OPS + (146) and an on-base percentage (.340). He put Blue Jays on home runs, slugging percentage (.579) and OPS.

Hernandez had a commercial deadline in 2017 (along with Nori Ayoki, in the move to send Francisco Liriano to the Houston Astros) and posted slightly higher than average numbers in his first two-plus years with Toronto: 19 home runs per season, a. 786 OPS and 109 OPS +.

This year, Hernandez batted, especially during the three-week period from mid-August to early September, with eight home runs in 217 21 games.

Winners of the Silver Slugger Award are determined by a league-wide vote, which includes the manager and three coaches from each team. They base their votes on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage, runs, RBIs and slogging percentage. , As well as the general impressions of managers and coaches of the overall risky value of the player.

The full list of Silver Slugger winners from both leagues is sorted by the following position.

American League

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
First base: Jose Abrew, Chicago White Sox
Second base: DJ Lemahiu, New York Yankees
Third base: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
Shortstop: Tim Anderson, Chicago White Socks
Left field: Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox
Center field: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Right field: Thioscar Hernandez, Toronto Blue Jays
Designated Hitter: Nelson Cruz, Minnesota twins

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National League

Catcher: Trevor de Arnaud, Atlanta Braves
First base: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
Second base: Donovan Solano, San Francisco Giants
Third base: Manny Machado, San Diego Padres
Shortstop: Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres
Left field: Juan Soto, Washington Nationals
Center field: Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta Braves
Right field: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
Designated Hitter: Marcel Ojuna, Atlanta Braves