Cruz captures Silver Slugger as AL's top DH


It is given to the top offensive players at each position in the American and National Leagues.

Nelson Cruz won another Silver Slugger award Thursday. His extra-base hits and doubles totals ranked in the top five in a single-season in franchise history. The outfielder's home runs set a franchise record and tied for the seventh-most homers recorded by a leadoff hitter in Major League Baseball history.

Cruz led the American League in RBIs while also ranking fourth in home runs, fifth in slugging and fifth in OPS.

First baseman Eric Hosmer joined an elite list of Kansas City Royals players Thursday when he was named the American League's 2017 Louisville Silver Slugger Award victor.

Springer hit.283 with 34 homers, 85 RBIs and 112 runs scored and made his first All-Star team. It was Upton's third award and the second for Cruz.

Posey hit.320 with a.400 on-base percentage and.462 slugging percentage.

Silver Slugger award winners are determined by a vote of Major League Baseball managers and coaches. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the managers' and coaches' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value.

Blackmon becomes the fourth Rockies outfielder to win multiple Silver Slugger Awards, joining Larry Walker, Matt Holliday and Carlos Gonzalez.