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Abreu, Ramirez named Silver Sluggers

11/6/2014

CHICAGO -- Wherever Jose Abreu decides to buy a home, he would be smart to make sure it includes a rather large trophy room.

Abreu and Chicago White Sox teammate Alexei Ramirez both earned American League Silver Slugger Awards on Thursday, with the honor the latest on Abreu’s ever-growing postseason list.

The first baseman's Silver Slugger Award can go alongside his Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award and his Players Choice Outstanding Rookie honor. He also is the favorite to land the Baseball Writers Association of America Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, to be announced Monday.

The Silver Slugger is given to the top hitter in each league at every position after voting by major league managers and coaches.

In hitting 36 home runs with 107 RBIs and a major league-leading .581 slugging percentage, Abreu bettered the likes of Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Eric Hosmer and Edwin Encarnacion for the first-base award.

The 27-year-old had 10 years of experience in his native Cuba and definitely did not play like a rookie this past season. His home run total set a White Sox rookie record, and he became the first rookie in major league history to finish in the top five in all three Triple Crown categories.

He is the first rookie to win a Silver Slugger Award since Mike Trout in 2012.

Ramirez’s rebound season earned him his second career Silver Slugger Award; the shortstop also won the honor in 2010. The only other White Sox players to win multiple Silver Slugger Awards are Frank Thomas (four), Carlton Fisk (three) and Magglio Ordonez (two).

The 33-year-old Ramirez led all regular American League shortstops with 15 home runs, 74 RBIs and a .408 slugging percentage. His .713 OPS was second to the Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Reyes. He also posted career bests in total bases (254) and extra-base hits (52).

Ramirez, whose hot start this season led to his first All-Star Game appearance, is the only White Sox shortstop ever to win the Silver Slugger Award.

It is the fourth time a pair of White Sox teammates won Silver Slugger Awards in the same season. Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye did it in 2006, Ordonez and Thomas accomplished the feat in 2000, and Julio Franco and Thomas did it in 1994.