Martin adds Silver Slugger to mantle
Dodgers catcher earlier earned Gold Glove, All-Star nod
LOS ANGELES -- The awards just keep on coming for the Dodgers' Russell Martin, who on Friday won the Silver Slugger Award as the best offensive producing catcher in the National League.
The award comes only three days after Martin won the Gold Glove as the best defensive catcher in the league. Earlier in the year, Martin was voted onto the National League All-Star team as the starting catcher.
Louisville Slugger's Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who vote for the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2007. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.
In his first full Major League season, Martin hit .293 with 19 homers, 87 RBIs, a .374 on-base percentage, .469 slugging percentage and 21 stolen bases. He led all NL catchers in hits, homers, runs, steals, average, on-base and slugging percentages. His 21 steals were the most for a Dodgers catcher. Against left-handed pitching, he hit .357 with a .458 on-base percentage.
Martin is the first Dodgers catcher to win a Silver Slugger since Mike Piazza in 1997.
The specially designed Silver Slugger Award will be presented to each player by a representative of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., makers of Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, in a ceremony early in the 2008 season. The trophy is three feet tall and bears the engraved name of the winner and his Silver Slugger teammates in his respective league.
The Silver Slugger Award was instituted by H&B in 1980 as a natural extension of the Silver Bat Award which is, as its name indicates, a silver-plated bat presented by Louisville Slugger to the batting champions in the AL and NL. This year's Silver Bat Award winners are Colorado's Matt Holliday and Detroit's Magglio Ordonez. Holliday hit .340 to win the NL batting title. Ordonez led the Major Leagues in batting with a .363 average and claimed the AL honor. Both will receive their Silver Bat Awards in on-field presentations early in the 2008 season.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.