Dodgers: Corey Seager Wins his Second Silver Slugger Award
Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has won the National League Silver Slugger award for the best offensive shortstop in the NL.
For the second consecutive season, Seager reigns kings among the NL shortstops, picking up his second Silver Slugger award. Seager’s biggest competition for the award this season was Zack Cozart who was second behind Seager with a 5.0 WAR rating.
Seager hit .295/.375/.479 with 22 home runs and 77 RBI. He ranked first among shortstops in runs scored (85), hits (159), and walks (67). Seager was top 3 in nearly every statistical category including doubles (33), RBI (77), and his slash line among shortstops.
Seager wins the award for the second time in his career and joins Mike Piazza as the lone Dodger to win a Silver Slugger in consecutive seasons. This award is instant gratification for Corey as you may remember, he was not voted to start the All-Star game in July as Zack Cozart got the start for the NL.
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Since becoming the everyday Dodger shortstop, Seager has been the definition of consistency. Last season in his first full year in the bigs he hit .308/.365/.512 with 26 home runs and 72 RBI. This season was very identical to his rookie campaign.
Corey has been a staple of the Dodgers offense hitting in the two hole in front of Justin Turner. The Dodger offense really struggled when Corey was not in the lineup. Fortunately for Dave Roberts, Seager only missed 17 games, and Roberts could count on Seager in the middle of the infield day-in and day-out.
Seager is without a doubt one of the many bright spots to this young Dodger team and the only question moving onto next season is his health. Toward the end of the season, Corey struggled with inflammation in his throwing elbow and missed some time heading into the postseason.
Along with the elbow issue, Corey tweaked his bat in batting practices between the NLDS and NLCS, forcing him to miss the series against the Cubs. Fortunately, Seager was healthy enough to play shortstop in the World Series where he hit a huge go-ahead home run in game 2 off Justin Verlander.
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This award puts a nice bow on Seager’s season as he’s had to battle with the grind of a full regular season. The big focus is getting Corey health by spring training so the Dodgers can go for their sixth consecutive title. Congrats on another amazing year, Corey! Let’s keep adding those trophies!