Padre Fernanado Tatis Jr. again found himself among the National League’s Silver Slugger winners Thursday.
MLB honored Tatis, also a NL MVP finalist, as the top hitter at his position, shortstop. Despite being hampered for most of the season by a shoulder injury, Tatis had a league-leading 42 home runs. He also logged 97 RBIs and 25 steals.
“At the end of the day, he’s a super exciting player, a super impactful player,” A.J. Preller, the Padres’ president of baseball operations and general manager, told MLB.com in Carlsbad, where baseball’s general managers are meeting.
Philadelphia Phillie Bryce Harper and Washington National Juan Soto, both outfielders and also NL MVP finalists, received Silver Sluggers as well. The MVP winner will be named Nov. 18.
The Atlanta Braves, winners of the World Series, had four winners – Freddie Freeman, Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley and Max Fried.
Tatis, Freeman and Soto repeated their 2020 wins.
First-time winners in the American League included Toronto Blue Jay Vladimir Guerrero Jr., a first baseman, and Los Angeles Angel Shohei Ohtani, a designated hitter. Both are AL MVP finalists, along with Guerrero’s teammate, second baseman Marcus Semian.
Tatis, Guerrero and Soto, in fact, further cemented the arrival of baseball’s next generation by marking a milestone – it’s the first time three players under the age of 23 at year’s end finished in the top three in MVP between both leagues in a single season.