The Golden Boy is Silver too

The Silver Slugger award winners were announced on Thursday, and Ryan Zimmerman has another shiny trophy, winning the award for third basemen. CONGRATULATIONS, RYAN!

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The top two contenders for this award among third basemen were Zimmerman and the Giants’ Pablo Sandoval. Here’s a look at their offensive stats:

Player     AB   R   H   2B  3B HR RBI  TB   BB  SO   OBP  SLG  AVG
Zimmerman  610 110 178  37  3  33 106  320  72  119 .364 .525 .292
Sandoval   572 79  189  44  5  25  90  318  52  83  .387 .556 .330

Per slugger.com:

the
Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards are the top offensive honor in
Major League Baseball. Coaches and managers of Major League teams vote
for the players they feel are the best offensive producers at each
position in the field in both the American and National Leagues. They
base their selections 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.

I love Zimm…he and John Lannan are my favorite Nats players. I’m very happy for Ryan and think it’s great that he won this award, along with his Gold Glove award. But unlike the Gold Glove, this award was not exactly a slam dunk for him. Both Zimm and Sandoval had great offensive seasons, but if you look at the stats above, one could make just as strong a case for Sandoval. Zimm scored more runs, and had more home runs, RBI, and total bases, but Sandoval’s on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and batting average were better. In particular, Sandoval’s batting average was 38 points higher than Zimmerman’s. I’m guessing that what tipped the scale in Ryan’s favor was his 30-game hit streak, which I believe was the longest in the majors this season.

Anyway…once again, CONGRATULATIONS TO RYAN ZIMMERMAN, the 2009 Silver Slugger Award winner for third base!

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Photo by me

4 Comments

I like Ryan, he’s definitely a bigger asset than Sandoval and unfortunately I think with a more prominent team he would have had the opportunity to challenge for a Gold Glove at 3rd base too…
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

A great season for Zimmerman! Hooray for gold and silver – now is there a bronze something-or-other he could win? ;-)
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

DOH! Okay I wasn’t paying attention he did win the Gold Glove… I think that’s great, I obviously wasn’t paying enough attention, cause I thought it went to a lesser 3rd baseman with more limelight… glad Ryan won it he deserved both awards…
(must remember to read everything)
~peter
Outside the Phillies Looking In
http://devilabrit.mlblogs.com

No problem, Peter! :)
Sue, something bronze? Hmmm…well, the Winter Olympics are coming up in just 3 months. If Ryan can skate or ski, maybe he can go to Vancouver and win a bronze medal in…something! :D

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