“Let’s hear it for the boy
Let’s give the boy a hand
Let’s hear it for my baby
You know you got to understand”
The accolades just keep rolling in for Corey Seager. On Thursday, Seager was the recipient of a 2016 Silver Slugger Award in a presentation televised by the MLB Network.
Seager is the first Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop to win the Silver Slugger Award since the award was first created in 1980. He is the third Dodgers rookie to receive the award, joining pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who won in 1981, and catcher Mike Piazza who won in 1993. Corey is also the first rookie shortstop to win since Nomar Garciaparra won it with Boston in 1997. The award is for the top offensive player at each position, and the winners are selected by managers and players around the league.
The Silver Slugger win is the fourth award this season for the 22-year-old rookie. Corey has already won the Players Choice Award for Outstanding National League Rookie, as well as the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year, and Baseball America’s MLB Rookie of the Year.
There are two awards that Seager is a finalist for that have yet to be announced. The first the NL Rookie of the Year selected by the BBWAA, which he is widely assumed to be the winner. The other is the NL MVP, which will most likely go to Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, who won the NL Rookie of the Year award last season.
Seager was the 18th pick of the 2012 amateur draft. He first debuted with the Dodgers in 2015, appearing in 27 games. He finished the 2016 season with a .308/.365/.512 slash line. He was second on the team with 26 home runs, and led the team in doubles with 40. Seager also led the team in runs (105), and hits (193). He was selected to his first of sure to be many All-Star games, and appeared in the Home Run Derby, where he hit 15 homers in the first round, only to be outdone by Mark Trumbo who had 16.
Although Seager did have some bumps with his defense, he had a wonderful tutor in Chase Utley who took him under his wing this season. With him being nominated for MVP in only his rookie season, one would figure he has a quite a few more awards in his future.