Cleveland Indians jerseys teammates Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez both received Silver Slugger Awards in the American League on Thursday based on their offensive production in 2017.
Lindor and Ramirez were among eight players this year to win the award for the first time. Both were also finalists at their defensive positions for Gold Glove Awards, but came up short earlier this week.
The Indians were among five teams with multiple Silver Slugger Award winners, including Houston, Miami, Colorado and the New York Yankees.
Lindor becomes the first Indians Francisco Lindor jerseys shortstop to claim the honor since Asdrubal Cabrera in 2011. Ramirez is the third Tribe third baseman to earn the award since back-to-back wins by Jim Thome (1996) and Matt Williams (1997). Ramirez appeared in 88 games at third base and 71 at second base during the regular season.
The duo combined for 62 home runs and 172 extra-base hits as the American League Central Division champion Indians won 102 games, including an AL-record 22 straight.
Lindor, an All-Star at shortstop for the second time in his career, experienced a tremendous power surge compared to his 2016 campaign. The 23-year-old more than doubled his home run total in 2017. He collected 178 hits, including 33 home runs, 44 doubles and four triples. His home run total and extra-base hits (81) were club records for a middle infielder, and the most by a major league shortstop in 10 seasons.
Among MLB switch-hitting shortstops, Lindor’s 33 home runs ranks first, ahead of Jimmy Rollins (2007) and Jose Valentin (2004), who each hit 30.
Jose Ramirez jerseys, 25, had a historic season at the plate, posting the third-most doubles (56) and fourth-most extra-base hits (91) in franchise history.
Selected to his first All-Star Game, Ramirez scored 107 runs and collected 186 hits, including 29 home runs. His extra-base hit total was the second-most ever by a switch-hitter in MLB history behind Lance Berkman’s 94 in 2001.
Ramirez tied a MLB record with five extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs, during a Sept. 3 game at Detroit.
Here is the entire list of 2017 Silver Slugger Award winners.
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