They may not have finished in the top three in the National League Most Valuable Player balloting (we gave our thoughts about that in this article), but Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies are certainly being recognized for their offensive efforts in 2017 in other ways.
Arenado, Colorado’s All-Star third baseman, and Blackmon, Colorado’s All-Star center fielder, were named winners of the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award on Thursday night. Both are repeat winners, with this being Arenado’s third consecutive Silver Slugger Award while Blackmon was won back-to-back Silver Slugger Awards.
Arenado is now a part of elite company in franchise history, joining Vinny Castilla (1995, 1997-98), Matt Holliday (2006-08) and Todd Helton (2000-03) as the only players in Rockies history to win three or more Silver Slugger Awards.
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Additionally, Arenado and Mike Schmidt (1980-84) are the only National League third basemen to win the award in at least three consecutive years. On the American League side, Wade Boggs (1986-89) is the only third baseman to win the Silver Slugger in at least three consecutive seasons. That means Arenado is just one of three third basemen in the history of the award to win the Silver Slugger in at least three straight seasons.
The 26-year-old Arenado is also just the 12th player since 1980, the first year of the Silver Slugger Award, to win both the Silver Slugger and the Gold Glove in three or more consecutive seasons. Mike Schmidt (1980-84) is the only other third baseman to accomplish the feat.
Want to see what kind of season Nolan had at the plate? Check out his stats here.
Blackmon, meanwhile, is now the fourth Rockies outfielder to win multiple Silver Slugger Awards, joining Larry Walker (1997, 1999), Matt Holliday (2006-08) and Carlos González (2010, 2015). Blackmon and Holliday are the only two Rockies outfielders to win consecutive Silver Slugger Awards.
Chuck Nazty earned the 2017 National League batting title with a .331 batting average, becoming the first NL center fielder to win the National League batting crown since Willie McGee in 1990. He set a Major League record with 103 RBI from the leadoff position, zooming past Darin Erstad’s previous mark of 100 set with the Anaheim Angels in 2000.
What kind of historic season was it for the 31-year-old bearded wonder? Check out his stats by clicking here.