Cubs infielder Javier Baez

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Javier Baez, Jose Abreu Win Silver Slugger Awards

Baez won the award for the first time, while Abreu received his second such honor.

November 08, 2018 - 8:42 pm
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(670 The Score) Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu were honored with Silver Sluggers awards Thursday evening for being the best offensive performers at their respective positions in their respective leagues.

Baez hit .290 with 34 homers, a National League-best 111 RBIs, 101 runs, 40 doubles, nine triples and an .881 OPS, setting career-best marks in each category. It was Baez's first such award, and he's the second Cubs second baseman to win a Silver Slugger, joining Ryne Sandberg (1984-'85, 1988-'92).

Abreu hit .265 with 22 homers, 78 RBIs, 36 doubles and a .798 OPS. He played in a career-low 128 due to injuries. This marked his second career Silver Slugger award.

Abreu became the first player in White Sox history to hit 20 or more home runs in each of his first five seasons, and he joined Albert Pujols (2001-'10) and Ted Williams (1939-'42, 1946-49) as the only players in MLB history to produce 30 or more doubles and 20 or more plus home runs in each of his first five seasons.

Abreu joins Carlton Fisk (1981,1985, 1988), Frank Thomas (1991, 1993-'94, 2000), Magglio Ordoñez (2000, 2002) and Alexei Ramírez (2010, 2014) as the White Sox players to win multiple Silver Slugger awards in franchise history.