Thursday, November 8, 2012

Jay Bruce wins first career Silver Slugger

Major League Baseball handed out some hardware on Thursday night and one Red was among the ones who received a share.

Jay Bruce earned his first career Silver Slugger Award after claiming the title as the National League's top offensive right fielder. The 25-year old produced a slash line of .252/.327/.514 with 34 HR and 99 RBI in a team-leading 155 games this season. He set career-highs in homers, RBI, OPS (.841), doubles (35), runs scored (89), triples (5), extra base hits (74), and slugging, among others. He also made his second consecutive trip to the All-Star Game.

Bruce becomes only the second Red to win a Silver Slugger since 2005 (Brandon Phillips, 2011) and the first Reds outfielder to win one since Eric Davis in 1989.

Mike Leake and Phillips were considered contenders to win a Silver Slugger at their positions, but they were ultimately beat out by Washington's Stephen Strasburg (P) and Arizona's Aaron Hill (2B), respectively.

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