Jose Abreu took home yet another award today, while Alexei Ramirez succeeded in his second chance at postseason honors.
Both players took home the Silver Slugger awards for their respective positions, becoming the first White Sox teammates to win one in the same year since Joe Crede and Jermaine Dye in 2006.
Abreu made franchise history by becoming the club's first-ever rookie winner. He beat out a competitive field that included Miguel Cabrera, who had won it the previous two seasons, and three of the last four. He deserved the accolades, considering he topped most of the important offensive categories for American League first basemen:
- BA: .317 (1st)
- OBP: .383 (1st)
- SLG: .581 (1st)
- OPS: .964 (1st)
- OPS+: 169 (1st)
- wRC+: 165
- HR: 36 (1st)
- RBI: 107 (2nd; Cabrera, 109)
Ramirez held up his end of the bargain at shortstop for his second Silver Slugger (he won his first in 2010), which softens the blow for finishing behind J.J. Hardy in Gold Glove voting. His competition wasn't nearly as stout, as you might expect from an up-the-middle position:
- SLG: .408 (1st)
- OPS: .713 (2nd; Jose Reyes, 726)
- HR: 15 (1st)
- 2B: 35 (1st)
- RBI: 74 (1st)
Awards season isn't over for Abreu, as he figures to pick up some votes for the MVP, which is announced on Nov. 13. Ramirez, meanwhile, will get an early start in the rumor mill:
The White Sox have heard from numerous major league clubs about the availability of shortstop Alexei Ramirez, the 33-year-old All-Star who has been high on the list of several big-market teams. The interested teams include the Mets, Yankees and Dodgers. All of these franchises are looking for a reliable shortstop to anchor their infields.
The Mets have been the most aggressive in their pursuit of a shortstop over the past 12 months. General manager Sandy Alderson has had his top scouts looking at shortstops such as Ramirez, the Cubs’ Starlin Castro and free agents Asdrubal Cabrera and Hanley Ramirez extensively this past season. The Mets also have exactly what the White Sox are looking for if they agree to move Ramirez.