Three Giants players were honored with a Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award* on Thursday. Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey, and Madison Bumgarner each won awards, which go to the best hitter at each position in both leagues. It's like I've always said: "When you think sluggers, you think the San Francisco Giants of the last few years."
This is the third time in the award's history that three Giants have won in the same year, along with 1993 (Barry Bonds, Matt Williams, Robby Thompson) and 2001 (Bonds, Jeff Kent, Rich Aurilia). The trick to making the postseason, apparently, is not to hit so many danged dingers. Or maybe the trick is to "pitch better." Regardless, the Giants have achieved a rare feat.
The award is the first for Crawford, who hit 21 homers and 33 doubles in 2015, both career highs. He becomes the first Giant to win the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in the same season since Bonds in 1997. Do you remember 2011 and Orlando Cabrera? Look at us now, baby. Look at us now. Check out this freakishly complete shortstop.
This is the third Silver Slugger for Posey, who won last year, as well. He becomes the first Giant to deserve a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger in the same season since Crawford in 2015. Posey hit 19 homers and 28 doubles, neither of which were career highs, but were still mighty fine for a catcher.
This is Madison Bumgarner's second award, as he was the easy choice last year, too. He hit five dingers this year, which is more than the following full-time players:
- Andrelton Simmons
- Dee Gordon
- Alcides Escobar
- Nick Markakis
- Yadier Molina
- Angel Pagan
Yeah, it's all fun and games until the last one. Bumgarner had an OPS over .740 for the second straight season, and he was even used as a pinch-hitter to hilarious results. He has a chance to win one of these suckers every year for the next decade, threatening Mike Hampton's record of five. Also, they technically haven't announced this on MLB Network yet, but I have to start writing Andrelton Simmons stuff, so ... well, if it's not right, I'll make an all-caps update.
So the Giants had three Silver Sluggers. They had four Gold Glove nominees and one winner (as well as a player, Joe Panik, who would have been considered for both awards if he stayed healthy). Yet they missed the postseason by a healthy margin.
Stupid injuries. And pitching. The good news is that all of the people winning or getting nominated for these awards are under 30.
Next year should be fun.
*Silver awards awarded to sluggers