Ortiz, Ellsbury, Gonzo are Silver Sluggers

November, 2, 2011
A day after the Red Sox landed three Gold Glove awards, a trio of Sox were honored as Silver Sluggers, with David Ortiz winning for the fifth time, the most ever for a designated hitter.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez and center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury won their first Silver Sluggers, becoming the first Sox teammates to win Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers in the same season.

No other team had as many as three players win Silver Sluggers.

Ortiz won the award for the first time since 2007, batting .309 with 29 home runs, 96 RBIs and a .953 OPS.

Ellsbury, who also was named American League Comeback Player of the Year, hit .321, setting career highs with 46 doubles, 32 home runs, 119 runs and 105 RBIs. He had a major-league high 364 total bases and a .928 OPS.

Gonzalez was second in the majors with a .338 batting average, trailing Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, and tied Texas’ Michael Young for the major-league lead with 213 hits. Gonzalez added 45 doubles, 27 homers, 117 RBIs, 108 runs and a .957 OPS in his first season with the Sox.

The Silver Slugger, which was first awarded in 1980, is voted on by coaches and managers from both leagues.



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