Salvador Perez has won his second Silver Slugger Award, an award for offensive excellence presented by Louisville Slugger. Perez tied a career-high with 27 home runs, tops among all catchers in baseball. He previously won the award in 2016.
Perez did hit a career-low .235 this year, but honestly it was a rather weak year for American League catchers. Just seven backstops reached 400 plate appearances this year, and only two of them - Yan Gomes and Robinson Chirinos - topped Salvy’s 89 wRC+.
The @Royals' Salvador Perez is the 6th catcher to earn a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award in the same season multiple times (2016, '18), joining: Iván Rodríguez (7), Joe Mauer (3), Lance Parrish (2), Benito Santiago (2) and Gary Carter (2).— Nick Kappel (@NickKappel) November 9, 2018
The Silver Slugger Award has been handed out since 1980. Past Royals winners include Brett (1980, 1985, 1988), Willie Wilson (1980, 1982), Hal McRae (1982), Frank White (1986), Gary Gaetti (1995), Dean Palmer (1998), Billy Butler (2012), Kendrys Morales (2015), Perez (2016), and Eric Hosmer (2017).
J.D. Martinez became the first player to win the award at two positions, winning it for the outfield and designated hitter. The award is decided by a vote of MLB managers and coaches. Here are the complete winners:
Catcher - Salvador Perez, Kansas City
First Base - Jose Abreu, Chicago
Second Base - Jose Altuve, Houston
Shortstop - Francisco Lindor, Cleveland
Third Base - Jose Ramirez, Cleveland
Outfield - Mookie Betts, Boston; Mike Trout, Los Angeles; J.D. Martinez, Boston
Designated Hitter - J.D. Martinez, Boston
Catcher - J.T. Realmuto, Miami
First Base - Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona
Second Base - Javier Baez, Chicago
Shortstop - Trevor Story, Colorado
Third Base - Nolan Arenado, Colorado
Outfield - Christian Yelich, Miami; David Peralta, Arizona; Nick Markakis, Atlanta
Pitcher - German Marquez, Colorado