Adrian wins NL Silver Slugger Award at first base
LOS ANGELES -- The MLB leader in RBIs in 2014 was rewarded on Thursday when Adrian Gonzalez won his second Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award (his first National League award) as the best offensive first baseman in his league.
The Dodgers' consistent slugger also won the award in 2011 while playing for Boston.
"I'm excited to win the Silver Slugger Award, especially with so many deserving first basemen in the National League this year," said Gonzalez. "I'm grateful for the consideration and votes for this prestigious honor."
Gonzalez drove in 116 runs, with 27 home runs and a .276 batting average. Earlier this week, he also was honored with his fourth Rawlings Gold Glove Award as the best defensive first baseman in his league (his third NL Gold Glove) and the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year as the best defensive first baseman in the big leagues.
This season, the 32-year-old Gonzalez also had 41 doubles -- third in the league -- and led the league with 11 sacrifice flies. This was his seventh season with 100-plus RBIs, and his sixth with at least 25 home runs. He hit .333 with runners in scoring position and .314 in the second half. His 27 homers were his most since 2011.
Gonzalez also homered in four consecutive games to tie a career high, part of a 16-game hitting streak.
Gonzalez is the first Dodgers infielder to win an NL Silver Slugger Award since Eric Karros in 1995.