DONOVAN SOLANO WINS FIRST LOUISVILLE SILVER SLUGGER AWARD
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, announced the winners of the 2020 Silver Slugger Awards today and Giants infielder Donovan Solano won the first of his career as a second baseman. The Silver Slugger Award is the top offensive award in Major League Baseball, with the season’s best players at each position selected in a vote by MLB coaches and managers in their respective leagues.
Solano is the first Giants player to win a Silver Slugger award since Buster Posey in 2017 and he’s the first to win as a second baseman since Jeff Kent in 2002. The 32-year-old finished the 2020 season fifth in the National League with a .326 batting average and had a career-best .828 OPS in 54 games. He had 15 multi-hit games and posted the longest hitting streak of his career, a 17-game streak from July 25-August 15.
HOW WINNERS ARE DETERMINED
Louisville Slugger® Silver Slugger™ Award winners are decided by a vote of MLB managers and coaches who select the players they determine to be the best offensive producers at each position in the American and National Leagues. Each team receives four (4) votes; the manager and three coaches of their choice. They base their votes on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, runs, RBIs, and slugging percentage, as well as the managers’ and coaches’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. The accounting firm of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP verifies the tabulation of balloting.
THE SILVER SLUGGER AWARD TROPHY
Each of the 18 winners will receive a three-foot tall, beautifully crafted Silver Slugger Award from Louisville Slugger in honor of their achievements. Each trophy bears a custom engraving of the recipient’s name, along with the names of the other Silver Slugger winners in that player’s league. The awards will be displayed for public viewing at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Kentucky before being sent to MLB teams for on-field presentations at the start of the 2021 season.