Nelson Cruz Wins Silver Slugger Award

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NELSON CRUZ WINS FIRST CAREER SILVER SLUGGER AWARD

Mariners right fielder recognized as one of best offensive outfielders in the American League.

SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz has been selected to the 2015 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger team.

The award is the first of Cruz’s career and the first Silver Slugger Award for the Mariners since Ichiro Suzuki in 2009. He joins Ken Griffey Jr. (7x) and Ichiro (3x) as the only Mariners outfielders to win the Award.

Cruz, 35, hit .302 (178×590) with 90 runs, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 44 home runs, 93 RBI, a .369 on-base percentage & .566 slugging percentage in 152 games. He was amongst American League leaders in home runs (44/2nd), slugging percentage (.566/3rd), OPS (.936/4th), multi-hit games (49/T11th), batting average (.302/8th), RBI (93/T12th), extra-base hits (67/T10th), go-ahead RBI (27/T5th) and game-winning RBI (14/T7th).

Nelson led the team in runs (90), home runs (44), RBI (93), walks (59), average (.302), on-base percentage (.369) & slugging percentage (.566) while setting career bests in runs (90), hits (178), home runs (44) and walks (59).

He became the first player since Miguel Cabrera (2012-2013) to record consecutive 40-homer seasons and the 53rd player with consecutive 40-HR seasons. His 17 home runs at Safeco Field this season were T4th-most in ballpark history. His 44 home runs tied the Mariners record for most home runs by a right-handed hitter (Jay Buhner, 44 in 1996).

Cruz was voted as the starting designated hitter for the American League, his 4th All-Star game selection (2009, 2013-2015) and second start (also: 2014).

Louisville Slugger’s Silver Slugger award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who vote for the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2015. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.

CRUZ’s 2015 SEASON

YEAR CLUB AVG G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI SH SF HB BB SO SB CS SLG OBP
2015 SEATTLE .302 152 590 90 178 334 22 1 44 93 0 1 5 59 164 3 2 .566 .369
ML Totals .273 1115 4094 581 1118 2088 225 11 241 690 2 27 27 364 1015 72 30 .510

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MARINERS SILVER SLUGGER AWARD WINNERS  1991	Ken Griffey Jr. 1992	Edgar Martinez 1993	Ken Griffey Jr. 1994	Ken Griffey Jr. 	Edgar Martinez 1996	Ken Griffey Jr. 	Alex Rodriguez 1997	Ken Griffey Jr. 	Edgar Martinez 1998	Ken Griffey Jr. 	Alex Rodriguez 1999	Ken Griffey Jr. 	Alex Rodriguez 2000	Alex Rodriguez 2001	Bret Boone 	Edgar Martinez 	Ichiro Suzuki 2003	Bret Boone 	Edgar Martinez 2007	Ichiro Suzuki 2009	Ichiro Suzuki 2015	Nelson Cruz

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