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Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado named Silver Sluggers

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It was announced today that Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and center fielder Charlie Blackmon have been named winners of the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award.

This is Arenado’s third consecutive Silver Slugger Award and the second consecutive award for Blackmon.

The official Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards release is attached. Notes on each Rockies player below.

Arenado

  • Arenado joins Vinny Castilla (1995, 1997-98), Matt Holliday (2006-08) and Todd Helton (2000-03) as the only players in franchise history to win three or more Silver Slugger Awards.
  • Arenado and Mike Schmidt (1980-84) are the only National League third basemen to win the award in at least three consecutive years. Wade Boggs (1986-89) is the only American League third baseman to win the Silver Slugger in at least three consecutive seasons.
  • Arenado is the 12th player since 1980, the first year of the Silver Slugger Award, to win both the Silver Slugger and the Gold Glove in three or more consecutive seasons. Mike Schmidt (1980-84) is the only other third baseman to accomplish the feat.
    • Other players: Pudge Rodriguez (1994-99), Barry Bonds (1990-94), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996-99), Ryne Sandberg (1988-91), Kirby Puckett (1986-89), Dave Winfield (1982-85), Dale Murphy (1982-85), Joe Mauer (2008-10), Don Mattingly (1985-87) and Lou Whitaker (1983-85).
  • In 2017, ranked among the NL leaders in doubles (T1st-43), RBI (2nd-130), home runs (T3rd-37), hits (6th-187), runs (T7th-100), triples (T5th-seven), batting average (8th-.309), slugging percentage (4th-.586), extra-base hits (2nd-87) total bases (3rd-355) and Baseball Reference WAR (3rd-7.2).
  • Recorded at least 130 RBI for the third consecutive season, the first third baseman in MLB history to accomplish the feat, the 11th player overall.
  • Joins Jimmie Foxx as the only players in Major League history to have three or more seasons of at least 35 home runs and 130 RBI before the age of 27.
  • Arenado is the fourth Major Leaguer all-time with multiple seasons of 40 doubles, 35 home runs and 130 RBI before turning 27 (Hank Greenberg, Chuck Klein and Hal Trosky).
  • Arenado is the only third baseman in MLB history with three seasons of 80-plus extra-base hits.

Blackmon

  • Blackmon becomes the fourth Rockies outfielder to win multiple Silver Slugger Awards, joining Larry Walker (1997, 1999), Matt Holliday (2006-08) and Carlos González (2010, 2015). Blackmon and Holliday are the only two Rockies outfielders to win consecutive Silver Slugger Awards.
  • Won the 2017 National League batting title with a .331 batting average, becoming the first NL center fielder to win the NL batting title since Willie McGee in 1990.
  • Set a Major League record with 103 RBI from the leadoff position, surpassing Darin Erstad’s previous mark of 100 set with the Anaheim Angels in 2000.
  • His 383 total bases were the most all-time by a leadoff hitter … his 37 home runs were the third-most all-time by a leadoff hitter, trailing Alfonso Soriano’s 38 home runs in 2002 with the Yankees and 39 home runs in 2006 with the Nationals.
  • Led Major League Baseball with 213 hits, 137 runs, 68 multi-hit games, 387 total bases and 14 triples … tied for third in the NL with 37 home runs and ranked third with 86 extra-base hits.
  • Is one of seven players (eight times) in MLB history to record at least 135 runs, 210 hits, 35 doubles, 14 triples, 35 home runs and 100 RBI in a single season … joins Stan Musial (1948), Joe DiMaggio (1937), Chuck Klein (1932), Al Simmons (1930), Lou Gehrig (1930, 1927) and Rogers Hornsby (1922).
  • His 213 hits were the fourth-most in franchise history, the most since Matt Holliday recorded 216 hits in 2007 … the 213 hits were the most in the National League since Holliday in 2007.
  • His 137 runs scored were also the fourth-most in franchise history, the most since Todd Helton scored 138 runs in 2000 … it was the most runs scored in the National League since Jimmy Rollins scored 139 runs in 2007.
  • Recorded a franchise record 68 multi-hit games, the most in the National League since 2004 (Mark Loretta, Juan Pierre).
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