TORONTO -- Jose Bautista has another piece of hardware for his collection after it was announced on
Wednesday evening that he is a recipient of the Silver
Bautista received one of the three outfield awards that are
given to the best offensive players at their respective
The Silver Slugger, which was first awarded in 1980, is voted
on by coaches and managers from both leagues; voters are
prohibited from rewarding players on their own team.
There were nine first-time Louisville Slugger Silver Sluggers, while Boston's David Ortiz and Atlanta's Brian McCann each picked up their fifth such honor.
second consecutive year that Bautista has won the award.
Bautista followed his breakout campaign of 2010 with an
arguably even better performance this year. The native of the Dominican
Republic hit .301 with 103 RBIs while posting a Major League-leading 43 home runs and 132 walks.
The 31-year-old also led the American League in slugging
percentage (.608) and OPS (1.056) in 149 games.
The Silver Slugger Award hardly comes as a surprise for
Bautista, who won the Hank Aaron Award last week, given in recognition of the
top offensive player in each league.
It was the second straight year he won the Hank Aaron Award,
and he remains one of the favorites for the AL Most Valuable
Player Award, which will be announced later this month.
Bautista came out of nowhere in 2010 to set the
franchise record for home runs in a season, with 54. He's the first player
since Mark McGwire (1996 to 1999) to lead the Majors in homers for
consecutive seasons, and his 132 walks are the most since
Barry Bonds also drew 132 in 2007.