Chicago White Sox: Plenty of Silver Slugger Award love

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The Chicago White Sox received plenty of Silver Slugger love on Thursday.

Award season has been great so far for the Chicago White Sox. There were multiple Gold Glove nominees and Luis Robert won his nomination. They have nominees for the manager of the year, rookie of the year, and even MVP. Now, they also have three nominees for the MLB’s Silver Slugger Award. The award goes to the best hitter at each position in both the American and National Leagues. Winning it is a tremendous honor as you are truly one of the great hitters in the league.

Tim Anderson won it for the shortstop position for the first time in his career. He has truly become one of the elite shortstops in the entire world. In 2020, he slashed an incredible .322/.357/.529 with an OPS of .886. He smashed ten home runs and had 21 RBIs from the White Sox leadoff spot in 2020. It was a great year to show that his 2019 batting title-winning season was by no means a fluke. This is an elite hitter that should be getting top-ten MVP votes.

Eloy Jimenez, like Anderson, also took home his first career Silver Slugger. We know about some of his defensive struggles in left-field but he is one of the best offensive left fielders in the world right now. He slashed .296/.332/.559 with an OPS of .891. He also hit 14 home runs and had 41 RBIs. This is a kid who has the tools to be one of the five best hitters in the world There is even a chance that he has some MVP votes this season.

Last, but certainly not least, is Jose Abreu. It is no surprise here that he won his third career Silver Slugger here in 2020 because he is truly the favorite to be the MVP. He was amazing as he slashed .317/.370/.617 with an OPS of .987. He hit 19 home runs which weren’t far off the league lead and did lead the league with 60 RBIs (an RBI per game pace). In addition to leading the league in RBIs, he also led in hits, slugging percentage, and total bases.

The White Sox have never had three Silver Slugger recipients in a single season until now. Their previous high of two players was last set in 2014. They are the first American League team to have three Silver Sluggers in the same year since Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, and Mookie Betts all did it for the Boston Red Sox in 2016.

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The White Sox have such great hitters on their team. It is going to get even better when Yoan Moncada is healthy and Luis Robert hits his potential. This is a scary group that is going to be very good for a long time. Hopefully, this isn’t the last of 2020 Award-winning but seeing this news was very awesome.

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