Forget golden… David Ortiz is a silver sensation…
The 37-year-old Dominican-American Boston Red Sox star, this year’s World Series MVP, has won the sixth Silver Slugger award of his illustrious career as the top designated hitter in voting by Major League Baseball managers and coaches.
In what turned out to be a showcase of Latino baseball stars, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera were selected for the fifth time each.
Silver Slugger awards are given to the top offensive player at each position in the American and National Leagues. They were handed out Wednesday night on the MLB Network.
First-time selectee Pedro Alvarez (third base) was joined by Pirates teammate Andrew McCutchen. The star outfielder won his second prize.
St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina (catcher) received his first Silver Sluggers.
Several players earned bonuses or salary escalators for winning the award:
Cabrera and Ortiz each get $100,000 bonuses, while Molina earns $50,000.