Altuve and Springer are 2017 Silver Sluggers

OUR TWO ASTRO 2017 SILVER SLUGGERS (LEFT) ENJOY A DAY AT DISNEYWORLD WITH HOST MICKEY MOUSE AND ANOTHER FAIR SLUGGER HIMSELF, CARLOS CORREA.

 

The list of 2017 Silver Slugger Award winners includes two members of the World Series Champion Houston Astros. Unsurprisingly, three-time AL batting champion Jose Altuve is the man at second base for the Junior Circuit and, most deservedly,  George Springer joins his AL brother as one of the three AL outfielders. Springer provided the bookends on AL hitting in 2017 too. Playing at home, he hit the first pitch of the season he saw for a home run that got the Astros off to a winning start. Then, in Game 7 of the World Series, Springer smashed his last home run of the season at Dodger Stadium. It would be one that put pitcher Yu Darvish and the LA Dodgers in a 5-0 hole from which they would never recover.

YES. Both Astro selections were 2017 Silver Sluggers Deluxe.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Catcher: Gary Sanchez (Yankees)
First base: Eric Hosmer (Royals)
Second base: Jose Altuve (Astros)
Third base: Jose Ramirez (Indians)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor (Indians)
Outfield: Aaron Judge (Yankees)
Outfield: Justin Upton (Angels)
Outfield: George Springer (Astros)
Designated hitter: Nelson Cruz (Mariners)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Catcher: Buster Posey (Giants)
First base: Paul Goldschmidt (D-backs)
Second base: Daniel Murphy (Nationals)
Third base: Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
Shortstop: Corey Seager (Dodgers)
Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins)
Outfield: Marcell Ozuna (Marlins)
Outfield: Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)
Pitcher: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals)

An MLB.com report excerpt on our two Astros Silver Sluggers:

“(Jose) Altuve, whose four straight Silver Sluggers coincide with his four straight 200-hit seasons, is a leading Most Valuable Player candidate after leading the AL with a .346 average and 204 hits. The 5-foot-6 wonder didn’t lead the charge to the postseason alone, however, as the first Silver Slugger won by outfielder George Springer helps attest. Springer delivered from the top of the lineup that led all of baseball with 896 runs scored, hitting all 34 of his homers as a leadoff man and whacking nine leadoff homers. He set career highs in homers, RBIs (85), average (.283), slugging percentage (.522) and OPS (.889).”

Here’s a link to the complete article on the two 2017 Silver Slugger teams:

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/261136728/2017-silver-slugger-awards-announced/

Way to go, Jose and George. Once again, Astros Nation is both proud of you and happy for you!

GO ‘STROS!!!

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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