Pena wins Silver Slugger award
Rays 1B Carlos Pena capped his comeback player of the year season Friday when he won the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger award for being the top-hitting AL first baseman.
Pena, who batted .282 and established franchise bests with 46 homers and 121 RBIs, becomes the first Rays player in club history to earn the honor, which has recognized the top offensive player at each position in each league since 1980. Pena was one of seven first-time winners of the award.
A prestigious award within the game because the winners are determined by a vote of MLB coaches and managers, voting is based on a combination of offensive stats including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage as well as the voters’ general impression of the player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams.
Pena becomes the fifth different AL first baseman this decade to win the award. Twins 1B Justin Morneau won last season while Mark Teixeira (’04, ’05), Carlos Delgado (2000, ’03) and Jason Giambi (’01, ’02) each won twice this decade.
Pena will receive a three-foot silver bat trophy with his name engraves on it as well as his AL Silver Slugger teammates during a ceremony sometime next season.