First baseman Eric Hosmer joined an elite list of Kansas City Royals players Thursday when he was named the American League's 2017 Louisville Silver Slugger Award victor. The 37-year-old Cruz, also a Silver Slugger victor in 2015, hit.288 with 91 runs, 28 doubles, 39 home runs, 119 RBIs, a.375 on-base percentage, a.549 slugging mark and a.924 OPS in 155 games in 2017.
The Silver Slugger is awarded to the best offensive player at each position, in each league, as voted by managers and coaches.
Trout missed about six weeks with a thumb injury, but still finished the season hitting.306 with 33 homers and a league-leading 1.071 OPS.
Ramirez posted the most extra-base hits in a single game on September 3 in Detroit.
Springer hit.283 with 34 homers, 85 RBIs and 112 runs scored and made his first All-Star team. He set career-bests in RBIs, walks and on-base percentage.
Any award attributed to the 2017 Giants should be relished, and one that involves the word "slugger" should particularly be cherished, given the Giants were second to last in batting stats. The only other Giant to be awarded with as many Silver Sluggers is Barry Bonds, he had nine in San Francisco, 12 total for his career.
Two members of the Cleveland Indians were among eight 2017 Silver Slugger Award recipients.