Bonds wins record 11th Silver Slugger, A-Rod earns seventh
Oct. 29, 2003
SportsLine.com wire reports
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds won his record 11th Silver Slugger award, given to the top offensive players at each position in both leagues.
Three players on the Atlanta Braves were selected Wednedsay: outfielder Gary Sheffield, catcher Javy Lopez and pitcher Mike Hampton.
Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez was chosen for the seventh time and Boston outfielder Manny Ramirez for the sixth time.
Five first-time winners were announced by Hillerich & Bradsby Co., maker of Louisville Sluggers, including Boston third baseman Bill Mueller, the AL batting champion.
St. Louis outfielder Albert Pujols, the NL batting champion, won for the second time.
Players were picked by major league managers and coaches based on their offensive performance. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, such as batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as general impressions of a player's offensive value.
Other AL winners were Toronto first baseman Carlos Delgado, Seattle second baseman Bret Boone, Anaheim outfielder Garret Anderson, Toronto outfielder Vernon Wells, New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and Seattle designated hitter Edgar Martinez.
Other NL winners were Colorado first baseman Todd Helton, Montreal second baseman Jose Vidro, St. Louis shortstop Edgar Renteria and Florida third baseman Mike Lowell.
Lopez, Lowell, Vidro and Wells also were first-time winners