Bonds and A-Rod highlight Silver Slugger award winners
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Silver Slugger selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics, as well as general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Major League Baseball coaches and managers voted for a player at each position in the National and American League. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for a player on their own team.
Bonds, who hit 45 homers and drove in 90 runs to go along with a major league best .529 on-base percentage and a major league high .749 slugging percentage, earned his 11th Silver Slugger honor.
The rest of the National League Silver Slugger team is Colorado first baseman
Sheffield, who also won the award in 1996, set career highs with 132 RBI (an Atlanta record) and 126 runs and matched his career best .330 batting average. He hit 39 home runs and ranked in the top 10 in the league in 13 categories.
Pujols finished the year leading the majors with a .359 batting average and also had 43 homers and 124 RBI. He is also a two-time Silver Slugger winner.
Helton, who finished with a .358 average, picked up his fourth award, while Renteria earned his third. Hampton, who had two homers and eight RBI this year, has five Silver Slugger awards.
Rodriguez won a Silver Slugger award for a seventh time. He finished this past season with 47 homers along with 118 RBI and a .298 batting average, while missing just one game.
The rest of the American League winners were Toronto first baseman
Ramirez, who hit 37 homers and drove in 104 runs to go along with a .325 batting average, won his sixth Silver Slugger award. Martinez notched his fifth, while Posada picked up his fourth. Delgado has three awards, followed by Boone and Anderson with two apiece.