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The players who made the most noise with the lumber during the 2016 regular season are being rewarded tonight with some silver that announces to the baseball world that they’re among the best hitters of their time.

The Silver Slugger Awards, presented by Louisville Slugger, honor the top hitters at each position for each league in Major League Baseball, and this year’s recipients are being announced on MLB Network during a one-hour special.

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Here are the winners, as announced on MLB Network:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Catcher: 
First base:
Second base:
Third base:
Shortstop:
Outfield: Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
Outfield: Mike Trout (Angels)
Outfield: Mark Trumbo (Orioles)
Designated hitter:

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Catcher:
First base:
Second base:
Third base:
Shortstop:
Outfield: Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)
Outfield: Yoenis Cespedes (Mets)
Outfield: Christian Yelich (Marlins)
Pitcher:

With the Silver Sluggers handed out, the first week of awards season concludes Friday with the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year honors announced at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Then it’s off to a four-day run of Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards next week:  Rookie of the Year (Monday), Manager of the Year (Tuesday), Cy Young Award (Wednesday) and  Most Valuable Player (Thursday).

Complete 2016 Awards coverage

All four one-hour specials for the BBWAA awards will begin at 6 p.m. ET on MLB Network.

Then the cherry will be put on top of awards season with the MLB Esurance Awards at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 18, on MLB Network, covering all the bases with awards acknowledging baseball’s best on and off the field in 2016. 

John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @JohnSchlegelMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


Source: Mets News / Cespedes wins NL Silver Slugger Award