Still reaping the rewards of his breakout 2012 season, San Diego Padres' third baseman Chase Headley reeled in his first Silver Slugger Award, recognizing him as the best hitting third baseman in the National League. Silver Sluggers are decided by a vote of managers and coaches from both leagues, who vote for the best hitter at each position. The only stipulation is they cannot vote for anyone on their team.
Headley adds his Silver Slugger to a growing list of accolades, including his first Gold Glove Award, winning the NL RBI crown with 115, and being named as one of five finalists for the NL MVP Award. The other finalists are the Giants' Buster Posey, the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, the Brewers' Ryan Braun, and the Cardinals' Yadier Molina. He was also NL Player of the Month for both August and September.
Headley becomes the first Padre to win a Silver Slugger since second baseman Mark Loretta in 2004.
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke praised Headley in October:
"To have that [production] in San Diego, that's pretty amazing. He needs to be talked about a lot more than he has been. To have that kind of year in that place? Phenomenal."
The Washington Nationals led the Majors with three Silver Slugger Award winners: first baseman Adam LaRoche, shortstop Ian Desmond, and pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
The NL MVP Award will be announced Nov. 15.
Tags: Adam LaRoche, Andrew McCutchen, Baseball, Buster Posey, Chase Headley, MLB, Ryan Braun, San Diego, San Diego Padres, Silver Slugger, Stephen Strasburg, Yadier Molina
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