MLB announced yesterday that Chase Utley, who had the highest home run total of all second basemen in the majors this year, has been awarded his third consecutive Silver Slugger award. Of course, this is just icing on the cake after the World Series win, but still a great honor. Utley led all NL second basemen in hits (177), runs (113), RBIs (104), on-base percentage (.380), slugging percentage (.583) and extra-base hits (78). His major leading home run total was 33 and he also racked up 100 RBI’s for the 4th season in a row. And in those 4 seasons, he has accumulated more homers (112), RBI’s (404), hits (702) and runs scored (433) than any other second baseman in the majors.
Utley joins fellow teammates Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino in the post-season awards-fest. Rollins and Victorino picked up Gold Gloves for their 2008 Championship season last week. Ryan Howard was not chosen for a Silver Slugger this year, coming in second to Albert Pujols of the Cardinals. This may be a trend; the NL MVP award will be announced on Monday and many expect that Howard will lose out to Pujols again. If Howard were to win, it would be the third time in a row that the Phillies took home the award, with Howard winning it twice and Rollins once. Wishful thinking, but we will find out on Monday!
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