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Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts earn 2019 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Mookie Betts have received 2019 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards.
November 7, 2019

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Mookie Betts have received 2019 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards. The announcement was made tonight by Louisville Slugger on MLB Network. This is the third Silver Slugger Award for both Bogaerts (2015, 2016, 2019) and Betts (2016, 2018, 2019). They are the fourth

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Mookie Betts have received 2019 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards. The announcement was made tonight by Louisville Slugger on MLB Network.

This is the third Silver Slugger Award for both Bogaerts (2015, 2016, 2019) and Betts (2016, 2018, 2019). They are the fourth and fifth Red Sox players to win the award at least three times, joining David Ortiz (7), Wade Boggs (6), and Manny Ramirez (6).

The Silver Slugger Award honorees are selected in a vote by Major League coaches and managers. Boston has been represented on the AL Silver Slugger Team in 16 of the last 19 seasons since 2001. Red Sox players have won 46 Silver Sluggers in the award’s 40 years of existence (1980-2019), including eight in the last four years (2016-19).

Bogaerts, 27, hit .309 (190-for-614) with 110 runs scored over 155 games in 2019 and set career highs in doubles (52), extra-base hits (85), RBI (117), home runs (33), walks (76), on-base percentage (.384), slugging percentage (.555), and OPS (.939). Selected to the All-Star Game for the second time in his career, he led AL shortstops in hits, doubles, extra-base hits, RBI, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS, tying Nomar Garciaparra (1997, 2002) for the most extra-base hits in a season by a Red Sox shortstop. Bogaerts joined Alex Rodriguez as the only shortstops in major league history with at least 30 home runs and 50 doubles in a season, and was the first major league shortstop to score at least 100 runs and record at least 100 RBI in consecutive seasons since Miguel Tejada (2000-04).

Betts, 27, led the majors with a career-high 135 runs scored, the most by a Red Sox player since Ted Williams’ franchise-record 150 in 1949. In 150 games, the right-handed batter hit .295 (176-for-597) with a .915 OPS, 40 doubles, five triples, 29 home runs, 80 RBI, and career-high 97 walks. He ranked fourth in the AL in walks, fifth in on-base percentage (.391), tied for fifth in doubles, tied for eighth in extra-base hits (74), and 11th in OPS. In 68 games from July 1 through the end of the season, Betts hit .335 (92-for-275) with a 1.010 OPS and 41 extra-base hits. Selected to his fourth consecutive All-Star Game, his 6.8 WAR according to Baseball-Reference led the Red Sox for the fifth consecutive season. Betts became the third Red Sox with at least 40 doubles in as many as five seasons, joining Wade Boggs (8) and David Ortiz (5), and is just the fifth major leaguer ever with at least 40 doubles and 20 home runs in as many as four consecutive seasons.