Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (right) and right fielder Aaron Judge picked up their first Silver Slugger Awards on Thursday night.
By Randy Miller
There was no way Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge would be passed over again Thursday night.
After missing out on winning a Gold Glove earlier in the week, Judge is a Silver Slugger Award winner.
This was an easy call.
His 52 homers shattered baseball’s record for rookies. Judge also hit .282 with 114 RBIs, 128 runs, 127 walks and a 1.049 OPS.
The Yankees have two Silver Slugger Award winners among nine players on the American League team, as catcher Gary Sanchez was picked, too..
Sanchez’s 33 homers and 90 RBIs led all Major League catchers.
Judge and Sanchez were among eight first-time winners.
The National League Silver Slugger team included Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy, who won for the second year in a row since leaving the Mets as a free agent.
Judge figures will pick up more hardware next week. He’s a finalist for the AL Rookie of the Year and a lock to win, and he’s also one of three finalists for the AL MVP.
Here are all of the Silver Sluggers:
1st base: Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals (1st Silver Slugger)
2nd base: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros (4th)
3rd base: Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians (1st)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians (1st)
Outfielder: Aaron Judge, Yankees (1st)
Outfielder: Justin Upton, Los Angeles Angels (3rd)
Outfielder: George Springer, Houston Astros (1st)
Catcher: Gary Sanchez, Yankees (1st)
Designated hitter: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners (2nd)
1st base: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks (3rd)
2nd base: Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals (2nd)
Shortstop: Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers (2nd)
3rd base: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (3rd)
Outfield: Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins (2nd)
Outfield: Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins (1st)
Outfield: Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies (2nd)
Catcher: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants (4th)
Pitcher: Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals (1st)