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Hot Stone League

Larry Stone gives his take on a wide array of baseball issues and weighs in about the Mariners, too.

November 12, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Ichiro wins Silver Slugger

Ichiro has won his third Silver Slugger Award, emblematic of being the best hitter at his position in the American League. This is Ichiro’s third Silver Slugger, having been honored in 2001, when he was the American League Most Valuable Player, and 2007, when he hit .351. Interestingly, he didn’t win one in 2004 when he hit .372 and set a major-league record for hits in a season (262).

Ichiro hit .352 in 2009, second in the league to Joe Mauer’s .365, and led the league in hits (225), multi-hit games (73), infield hits (59) and intentional walks (15). He also had the longest hitting streak in the AL this season (27 games) and set a major-league record with his fifth season of 220 or more hits.

The Silver Sluggers are voted by managers and coaches — the same folks who determine the Gold Gloves. Here are the winners:

American League

1B – Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees

2B – Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays

3B – Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays

SS – Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

OF – Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners

OF – Jason Bay, Boston Red Sox

OF – Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels

C – Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

DH–Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays

National League

1B – Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

2B – Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies

3B – Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals

SS – Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins

OF – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers

OF – Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers

OF – Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

C – Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves

P – Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs

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