Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado win Silver Slugger awards

Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado win Silver Slugger awards

The Rockies collected more best-in-baseball hardware Thursday when third baseman Nolan Arenado and center fielder Charlie Blackmon won Silver Slugger Awards.

It was the third consecutive Silver Slugger for Arenado and the second straight for Blackmon.

The Silver Slugger is awarded to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by major-league coaches and managers. Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team.

Blackmon won the NL batting title with a .331 average, hit 37 home runs  and set a new MLB record with 102 RBIs from the leadoff position, surpassing Darin Erstad’s previous mark of 100 set with the Angels in 2000. Moreover, Blackmon’s 383 total bases were the most all-time by a leadoff hitter in a single season and he had 86 extra-base hits, becoming just the third leadoff hitter since 1914 to collect 85 or more extra-base
hits.

Arenado hit a career-high .309, mashed 37 homers and drove in 130 runs. He became the first player in Rockies history to have three consecutive seasons of 130 or more RBIs, and the first third baseman in big-league history to accomplish the feat. Arenado is one of eight players in history to have at least three consecutive seasons with 35-plus home runs and 130-plus RBIs, and the first since Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard did it from 2006-09.

On Tuesday, Arenado won his fifth consecutive Gold Glove, and on Wednesday he won the Majestic Athletic always game award, as voted on by his fellow major-leaguers. Arenado was rewarded as “the player who best exhibits grit, tenacity, perseverance and hustle.”

However, to the disappointment of Rockies fans, neither Blackmon nor Arenado is a finalist for NL MVP.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado ...
John Leyba, The Denver Post

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) watches as he homers to center field during the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 29, 2017 in Denver.

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