Fri, Nov 14th 2008, 11:53
Accolades and awards are piling up for Hanley Ramirez. You can add a Silver Slugger to the growing list of achievements for the Marlins’ shortstop.
For the first time in his career, Ramirez is taking home the Louisville Slugger’s Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops.
The face of the Marlins franchise, Ramirez paced all Major League shortstops this past year in home runs (33) and slugging percentage (.540). The 24-year-old’s .940 OPS also was the best of anyone at his position, in either league.
Louisville Slugger’s Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who vote for the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2008. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.