Silver Slugger Award
The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team; the Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver; the prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position. This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, one right fielder.
In addition, only National League pitchers receive a Silver Slugger Award. Home run record-holder Barry Bonds won twelve Silver Slugger Awards in his career as an outfielder, the most of any player, he won the award in five consecutive seasons twice in his career: from 1990 to 1994, again from 2000 to 2004. Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with ten wins each. Rodriguez' awards are split between two positions. Wade Boggs leads third basemen with eight Silver Slugger Awards. Other leaders include Mike Hampton. Todd Helton and Albert Pujols are tied for the most wins among first baseman with four, although Pujols has won two awards at other positions. David Ortiz has won seven awards at the most at that position. Hank Aaron Award Edgar Martínez Award: given to the best designated hitter This Year in Baseball Awards Major League Baseball Triple Crown List of Major League Baseball awards Baseball awards § United States Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame "MLB Awards: History".
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Andrés José Padovani Galarraga is a Venezuelan former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman for the Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels, he threw right-handed. At six-foot-three and 235 pounds, Galarraga began his professional career in Venezuela at the age of 16. Despite several injuries that plagued Galarraga throughout his career, he was a popular player both for his achievements on the field, for his big and bright smile, he was nicknamed The Big Cat for his impressively quick reflexes and seamless defensive skills as a first baseman in spite of his large physical size. Galarraga was a five time All-Star, won two National League Gold Glove Awards and two NL Silver Slugger Awards, won two MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award, the second time after his successful return to baseball following cancer treatment. Galarraga was signed by the Leones del Caracas club as third baseman.
He made his debut in the 1978–1979 season. Some of the players he had as teammates included big-leaguers Tony Armas, Bo Díaz, Manny Trillo, Gonzalo Márquez and Leo Hernández. Galarraga started as a utility player, but three seasons he became the regular first baseman of the team. At the recommendation of team manager Felipe Alou, he was signed by the Expos in 1979. At that time, some MLB scouts thought that the 17-year-old power-hitting prodigy was too overweight to play professionally, he played with this team until 1993. In the minors, Galarraga played for West Palm Beach, Jamestown and Indianapolis. Galarraga earned the Montreal job by being named Double-A Southern League Most Valuable Player for Jacksonville in 1984, with.289 batting average, 27 home runs and 87 RBI. He led the league in total bases, slugging percentage, intentional base on balls, hit by pitches, in double plays and total chances on first base. Prior to his majors promotion, he hit.269, 25, 85 with Indianapolis in 121 games, being named Rookie of the Year in the Triple-A International League.
Galarraga made his debut with Montreal on August 23, 1985. That year Galarraga struggled, hitting.187 with four RBI in 24 games. He had a promising start in 1986. Galarraga had eight home runs and was leading all NL rookies in runs batted in when he suffered the knee injury. Galarraga underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee on July 10, he was activated one month only to be re-injured the following day after pulling muscles in his rib cage. He returned to action in September, ending with.271, 10 HR, 42 RBI in 105 games. Overshadowed by some teammates, Galarraga survived a tough rookie year and enjoyed a strong 1987 season, he hit 13 HR, 90 RBI, finishing second in the league in doubles. Despite his size, he displayed solid defense, being adept at scooping throws out of the dirt and excellent quickness turning the 3-6-3 double play. Cardinals' manager Whitey Herzog called him "the best-fielding right-handed first baseman I've seen since Gil Hodges." In 1988, Galarraga emerged from the shadows to become the best player on the Expos.
He had an MVP-type season with a.302 batting average, 99 runs, 92 RBI, 29 home runs. He led the league in hits and doubles, earned an All-Star berth for the first time in his career, he was named the Montreal Expos Player of the Year at the end of the season. 1989 was a rough season however for the Big Cat. Galarraga became a target of Montreal fans' frustration; that year he led the league in strikeouts, dropping his production to.257, 23 HR, 85 RBI. He fell five RBI short of becoming the first Expo to string together three straight seasons with 90 or more runs batted in. Despite the rough season, Galarraga blasted his first grand slam, stole home for the first time in his career, was rewarded with a Gold Glove Award for his stellar play at first base. Galarraga's 1990 season had Expos mumbling that the team should lower its expectations for the slick-fielding first baseman. For the second consecutive season, the Big Cat failed to repeat the standards he set in his first two full seasons, he hit.256 with 20 home runs and 87 RBI a mirror image of his previous season.
For the third consecutive year, he led the league in strikeouts. Pitchers didn't give him good pitches to hit. Without any improvement with the bat, Galarraga continued to make tremendous contributions on the field, scooping up infielder's errant throws, starting 3-6-3 double plays, winning his second Gold Glove; that season he had a six-RBI game, two four-RBI games, hit his first career inside-the-park homer. Slowed by injuries, Galarraga struggled through the worst offensive season of his career in 1991. Disabled with a strained left hamstring between May and July, he had arthroscopic surgery to repair damage to undersurface of his left kneecap. Montreal missed his glove as much as his bat; that season, Galarraga hit.219, 9 HR, 33 RBI in 107 games. He hit his 100th career home run. At the end of the season, he was traded to the Cardinals for starting pitcher Ken Hil
Carlos Juan Delgado Hernández is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball player. With 473 home runs, he holds the all-time Major League Baseball home run record among Puerto Rican players, he is one of only six players in Major League history to hit 30 home runs in ten consecutive seasons, becoming the fourth player to do so. During his twelve years with the Toronto Blue Jays, Delgado set many team records, including home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, OPS, total bases, runs created, extra base hits, times on base, hit by pitch, intentional walks and at bats per home run. Delgado played for the Florida Marlins and New York Mets. On February 4, 2015, Delgado was elected to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. Delgado was born in Puerto Rico to Carlos "Cao" Delgado and Carmen Digna Hérnandez, he grew up in the El Prado section of Aguadilla. There, he attended elementary school alongside his three siblings. Both his father, "Don Cao", his grandfather, Asdrúbal "Pingolo" Delgado, were well-known figures in the town.
Delgado has said that this made him feel "protected", but that it demanded that he had to behave properly. Delgado attended Agustín Stahl Middle School and José de Diego High School, from which he graduated in 1989. Delgado has expressed his strong feelings of pride in being an Aguadillano, noting everything he holds dear is found in the municipality, his off-season house is located there, he developed friendships with several of the town's inhabitants, with whom he began playing baseball in the little leagues. At the age of 16, several major league organizations including the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays saw his potential and attempted to sign him, he signed with the Blue Jays in 1988 after being discovered by team scout Epy Guerrero. After being named the #4 prospect in the minor leagues by Baseball America, he made his major league debut with the team during the 1993 season. Though he didn't play in the 1993 World Series, he was awarded a World Series ring.
A catcher, he switched to first base and became one of the most productive sluggers in the major leagues. A two-time All-Star, in 2000 and 2003, Delgado holds several Blue Jays single-season and career records, he won the Hank Aaron and The Sporting News' Player of the Year Awards in 2000, the Silver Slugger Award in 1999, 2000, 2003. In 1999, Delgado hit a career-high 44 home runs, along with 134 RBI, a.272 batting average. The next year, he batted a career-high.344, along with 41 home runs, 57 doubles, 137 RBI. He finished fourth in the 2000 American League MVP voting. On September 25, 2003, in a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Delgado became the 15th major league player to hit four home runs in one game, he hit a three-run home run in the first inning off Jorge Sosa again off Sosa while leading off the fourth off off Joe Kennedy while leading off in the sixth and off Lance Carter leading off the eighth inning. Delgado is the only player to hit four home runs with only 4 at-bats in a game.
In the 2003 season, Delgado hit 42 home runs and led the Majors with 145 RBI, while batting.302. He was named AL Player of the Week on September 30, 2003 and again on September 7, 2004. Following the 2004 season, Delgado became a free agent, was pursued by the Baltimore Orioles, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers; the Blue Jays were not due to payroll constraints. On January 25, 2005 Delgado chose to sign with the Marlins, signing a four-year contract worth a reported $52 million, he made a successful transition to the National League, with a.301 batting average.399 on-base percentage, 33 home runs, 115 RBI in 2005. At the same time, he shared the major league lead in errors for a first baseman, with 14. Following the 2005 season, the Marlins performed one of their periodic salary-cutting maneuvers. In the "market correction", they unloaded some of their higher paid players. On November 23, 2005, the Marlins sent Delgado and $7 million to the New York Mets for Mike Jacobs, Yusmeiro Petit and Grant Psomas.
Delgado responded well as the feared cleanup hitter for the Mets, hitting 38 home runs and driving in 114 runs throughout 2006. With Delgado hitting between fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Beltrán and star third baseman David Wright, the Mets had the best record in the National League in 2006 but lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, 4–3. At season's end, with 407, Delgado was tied with Duke Snider for 41st place for career home runs. Through 2006, Delgado was the all-time leader for interleague play RBIs with 131, second all-time in home runs with 43. Carlos Delgado had early struggles in the 2007 season, with his batting average falling below.200 in April, but his numbers improved as the season progressed. On May 9, 2007, he hit a home run into McCovey Cove during a game against the San Francisco Giants, becoming the first visiting player to have hit three splash home runs at AT&T Park. Delgado ended the season tied with Cal Ripken, Jr. for 37th place on the all-time career home run list with 431.
During spring training 2008, Delgado was diagnosed with a hip impingement, the Mets decided to keep him on the active roster. As in the previous year, Delgado began the season in an offensive slump with a.204 batting average in April, hitting just three home runs, but once again his stats improved as the season continued. In May, his batting average increased to.235 with five home runs. On June 15, 2008, Delgado
Timothy Jon Laudner is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for the Minnesota Twins from 1981 to 1989. After playing baseball for Park Center Senior High School in Brooklyn Park, MN, Laudner was drafted in 1976 by the Cincinnati Reds in the 33rd round, but did not sign. After four years at the University of Missouri, Laudner was drafted by the Twins in the 3rd round of the 1979 draft. Assigned directly to the AA Orlando Twins, Laudner held his own in his first season in the Twins' organization, hitting.241 in 45 games. The following year, he split his time between Orlando and Single-A Visalia and despite a.227 batting average he hit 12 home runs for the season. Back at Orlando in 1981, he hit 40 home runs while hitting.284 and earning league MVP honors and an August call-up with Twins where he hit 2 more home runs in 14 games. Despite spending 20 games in 1982 at AAA Toledo, Laudner was called up to the Twins permanently. Laudner was never able to reproduce his 1981 season in the majors.
He continued to hit for power, hitting more than ten home runs per season four times over his eight full seasons while averaging only 255 at bats, Laudner's career hitting average of only.225 was one of the factors that kept him from taking over as the full-time catcher. He would share catching duties with a revolving list of part-time teammates and potential replacements including: Butch Wynegar, Sal Butera, Ray Smith, Dave Engle, Jeff Reed, Mark Salas, Tom Nieto, Brian Harper, Dwight Lowery, Lenny Webster, Greg Olson, Orlando Mercado. Laudner was a driving force behind the Twins' 1987 World Series, hitting a home run in the team's Game 2 victory. In 1988, Laudner had an exceptional year in all statistical categories including games played and at bats, he was named to the American League All-Star team in 1988, his only appearance. In 1989, Laudner finished his last season in the majors as a backup to Brian Harper, filling a utility role and getting at bats playing first base, catcher and DH.
After failing to make the team in 1990, Laudner was assigned to the AAA Portland Beavers, but after 9 games in which he would go hitless over 29 at bats, he decided to retire. Following his playing career, Laudner worked as a project manager for Kleve Heating and Air Conditioning in Eden Prairie, MN and as a division manager at Plymouth Plumbing and Heating in Plymouth, MN, he was an on-air baseball analyst for Twins' games on Fox Sports Net. Laudner is the co-owner, co-director, coach of the "Big League Baseball Camp" in Minnesota, he works as an analyst at Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin including working an occasional Twins game. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube Warning: Template:Baseballstats cube= parameter should be updated to a numeric value
Southern League Most Valuable Player Award
The Southern League Most Valuable Player Award is an annual award given to the best player in minor league baseball's Southern League. In 1972, Mike Reinbach won the first Southern League MVP Award. First basemen, with 12 winners, have won the most among infielders, followed by third basemen and second basemen and shortstops. Seven catchers have won the award. One player who won the award was a designated hitter. Twenty outfielders have won the most of any position. Eight players from the Columbus Astros/Mudcats/Carolina Mudcats have been selected for the MVP Award, more than any other teams in the league, followed by the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx/Jackson Generals. Six players from the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball organization have won the MVP Award, more than any other, followed by the Houston Astros organization. General"Southern League Award Winners". Southern League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved March 3, 2015. Specific
2005 World Series
The 2005 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's 2005 season. The 101st edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the American League champion Chicago White Sox and the National League champion Houston Astros. Although the series was a sweep, all four games were quite close, being decided by two runs or fewer; the series was played between October 22–26, 2005. Home-field advantage was awarded to Chicago by virtue of the AL's 7–5 victory over the NL in the 2005 MLB All-Star Game; the Astros were attempting to become the fourth consecutive wild card team to win the Series, following the Anaheim Angels, Florida Marlins and Boston Red Sox. Both teams were attempting to overcome decades of disappointment, with a combined 132 years between the two teams without a title; the Astros were making their first Series appearance in 44 years of play, while the White Sox had waited twice as long for a title, having last won the Series in 1917, had not been in the Series since 1959, three years before the Astros' inaugural season.
Like the 1982 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers, the 2005 World Series is one of only two World Series in the modern era with no possibility for a rematch between the two opponents, because the Astros moved to the AL in 2013. However, the Brewers did meet the Cardinals in the 2011 NL Championship Series; the Astros would return to the World Series in 2017 as an AL franchise, where they would win in seven games against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Chicago White Sox finished the regular season with the best record in the American League at 99–63. After starting the season on a tear, the White Sox began to fade in August, when a 15 1⁄2 game lead fell all the way to 1 1⁄2. However, the Sox were able to hold off the Cleveland Indians to win the American League Central Division by six games, sweeping Cleveland in three games on the season's final weekend. In the Division Series, the White Sox swept the defending champion Boston Red Sox; the League Championship Series began with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim winning Game 1, but a controversial uncaught third strike in Game 2 helped the Sox start a run and win Games 2–5, all on complete games pitched by starters Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy García, José Contreras, clinching their first American League pennant in 46 years.
Manager Ozzie Guillén led the White Sox to a World Series victory, their first in 88 years. Slugger Frank Thomas was not on the post-season roster because he was injured, but the team honored his perennial contributions to the franchise during Game 1 of the Division Series against the Boston Red Sox when he was chosen to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. "What a feeling," Thomas said. "Standing O all around the place. People cheering me. I had tears in my eyes. To know the fans cared that much about me – it was a great feeling. One of my proudest moments in the game." The Houston Astros won the Wild Card for the second straight year, once again clinching it on the final day of the season. The Astros embarked on a memorable Division Series rematch against the Atlanta Braves. With the Astros in the lead two games to one, the teams played an eighteen-inning marathon in Game 4, the longest postseason game in history. In this game, Roger Clemens made only the second relief appearance of his career, the first in postseason play.
Chris Burke's walk-off home run ended the game in the bottom of the eighteenth. For the second straight year, the Astros played the St. Louis Cardinals in the League Championship Series. Like the White Sox, the Astros dropped Game 1, but were able to regroup and win Games 2–4. With the Astros on the verge of clinching their first National League pennant in Game 5, Albert Pujols hit a mammoth three-run home run off Brad Lidge in the top of the ninth inning to take the lead, subsequently stave off elimination. However, behind NLCS MVP Roy Oswalt, the Astros were able to defeat the Cards 5–1 in Game 6 and earned a trip to the World Series; this was the Astros' first World Series appearance in franchise history. Playing in their first World Series home game since 1959, the White Sox took an early lead with a home run from Jermaine Dye in the first inning. After Mike Lamb's home run tied the game in the second, the Sox scored two more in the second when Juan Uribe doubled in A. J. Pierzynski after Carl Everett had scored on a groundout earlier in the inning.
The Astros responded in the next inning when Lance Berkman hit a double, driving in Adam Everett and Craig Biggio. In the White Sox half of the fourth, Joe Crede hit. In the bottom of the eighth, Scott Podsednik hit a triple with Pierzynski on second off of Russ Springer for an insurance run. Roger Clemens recorded his shortest World Series start, leaving after the second inning with 53 pitches, including 35 for strikes, due to a sore hamstring that he had injured as the loss went to Wandy Rodríguez. José Contreras pitched seven innings. Before exiting, Contreras allowed a leadoff double by Willie Taveras with no outs. Neal Cotts entered the game in the top of the eighth inning, it marked the first time in five games. Cotts pitched 2⁄3 innings before Bobby Jenks was called upon by manager Ozzie Guillén to relieve him. Guillen signaled for the large pitcher by holding his arms out wide and up high. In the postgame conference, the Sox manager joked that he wa
Jeffrey Guy Conine is a former Major League Baseball player who played 17 seasons with six teams as an outfielder. An inaugural member of the Florida Marlins, with the franchise for both of its World Series titles, he earned the title Mr. Marlin for his significant history with the club, his ties to South Florida. Conine was born in Tacoma, played baseball at UCLA, was drafted in the 58th round of the 1987 Major League Baseball draft by the Kansas City Royals. After two cup of coffee stints with the Royals, Conine was selected by the Marlins in the 1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft. Becoming the team's first star, he played five seasons with the Marlins, earning the most valuable player award at the 1995 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and earning a World Series title in 1997. A victim of a fire sale after the 1997 season, Conine was traded to the Royals where he played in 93 games, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 1999 season, where he had several productive seasons.
Traded back to the Marlins in 2003 for a couple of prospects, he helped the team win a second World Series title. He remained with the team until 2005, he became a journeyman outfielder near the end of his career, signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Marlins in 2008. Conine played college baseball at UCLA, where he was a relief pitcher. In the summer of 1986, he won a Cape Cod Baseball League title with the Orleans Cardinals, he was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 58th round of the 1987 Major League Baseball draft as a first baseman. Prior to the draft, Conine was considered a mediocre pitching prospect with a high earned run average and a "decent" slider, he only had one at-bat as a member of the Bruins. A recommendation by Royals scout and former UCLA pitching coach Guy Hansen led Conine to be drafted, when he told Royals general manager John Schuerholz that the best hitter on UCLA's team "was a pitcher". After three minor league seasons, in which he batted.290 with 39 home runs and 214 runs batted in, he joined the Royals as a September call-up in 1990.
He returned to the minors for two more seasons, learned to play the outfield with the Omaha Royals before returning to the majors late in the 1992 season. Conine was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft, converted into a full-time left fielder. Though the Marlins narrowly avoided 100 losses, Conine emerged as a star, he went four-for-four in his first game as a Marlin in a 6-3 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Conine played the full 162 game schedule in left field his rookie season, he batted.292 with 12 home runs and 79 RBIs to earn a third-place finish in National League Rookie of the Year balloting. The following season, Conine was batting.313 with thirteen home runs and 64 runs batted in at the mid-season All-Star break to earn selection to the NL club. He finished the strike shortened 1994 season with a career high.319 batting average, 18 home runs and 82 RBIs. During the strike, Conine returned to the Marlins' Instructional League affiliate in Brevard County, Florida to learn third base.
The experiment never materialized, Conine returned to left field once play resumed in 1995. He batted.340 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs in June to earn National League Player of the Month honors and his second consecutive All-Star nod. In his only career All-Star game at-bat, he hit a go-ahead pinch hit home run in the eighth inning to receive MVP honors. For the season, he finished fourth in the league with a career high 105 RBIs with a.302 batting average and 25 home runs. In 1996, Conine had 26 home runs, 95 RBIs, a.293 batting average. Newly hired Marlins manager Jim Leyland shifted Conine back to first base in 1997, as the club had acquired free agent Moisés Alou to play left field; the Marlins finished second to the Atlanta Braves in the National League East by nine games, their 92–70 record was enough to secure the National League's wild card play-off spot. After sweeping the San Francisco Giants in the 1997 National League Division Series, the Marlins defeated their division rival Braves in the 1997 National League Championship Series, four games to two.
Conine's seventh inning single provided the game-winning RBI in game five of the series. The Marlins beat Cleveland in a seven-game World Series to break the 1969 New York Mets' record as the youngest expansion franchise to win a World Series title. Conine batted.214 with no home runs, five runs scored in his first post season. After winning the World Series, Marlins owner Wayne Huizenga dismantled his club, claiming financial losses despite having won the World Series; as part of the "fire sale" of his franchise's best players, Conine was shipped back to the Kansas City Royals for minor league pitcher Blaine Mull. At the time of his departure, Conine held the franchise records for RBIs and games played. Chronic back pain limited Conine to 93 games with the Royals in 1998. Following just one season back in Kansas City, the Royals traded him to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Chris Fussell. Conine returned healthy, enjoyed a resurgence with Baltimore, as he batted.291 with 13 home runs and 75 RBIs in 1999.
He appeared in four games at third base for the first time at the major league level. That number increased in 2000 as he became more of a utility player, appearing in 119 games and logging 452 at-bats without a regular starting position, he enjoyed a comeback 2001 season, batting.311 with 97 RBIs, was rewarded with a starting position back at first base. He batted.287 with 410 RBIs in five plus seasons in Baltimore. After firing manager Jeff Torborg early in the 2003 season