Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon win Silver Slugger Awards
DENVER - Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Charlie Blackmon were named winners of the 2016 Silver Slugger Award at their respective positions tonight. It is the second career Silver Slugger Award for Arenado, who also won in 2015. He becomes the eighth Rockies player to win multiple Silver Slugger Awards (Castilla, Gonzalez, Hampton, Helton, Holliday, Tulowitzki, Walker). Blackmon wins his first career Silver Slugger Award, and becomes the 14th Rockies player to win the award. Overall, it is the 25th and 26th time the Silver Slugger has been awarded to a Rockies player and the eighth time that multiple Rockies have won the award in the same season (2015, 2010, 2002, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1995).
- Arenado led the Major Leagues with 133 RBI and his 41 home runs were tied for most in the National League. He is the first player since Mike Schmidt in 1980-81 to lead the league in home runs and RBI in consecutive seasons.
- Led the NL in total bases (352), ranked second in runs (116), extra-base hits (82) and slugging percentage (.570) and tied for second 57 multi-hit games.
- He became the third player in MLB history to have consecutive 40 home run, 130 RBI seasons before turning 26 years of age, joining Chuck Klein and Jimmie Foxx.
- Is the third primary third baseman (also: Miguel Cabrera, 2012-13; Alex Rodriguez, 2005 and 2007) in MLB history to record multiple 40-130 seasons.
- Blackmon set career highs in hits (187), runs (111), doubles (35), home runs (29), RBI (82), batting average (.324), on-base percentage (.381) and slugging percentage (.552).
- Ranked third in NL in runs, fourth in batting average and hits and fifth in slugging percentage and total bases (319). Led all NL outfielders in batting average, slugging percentage, hits and runs.
- Hit 29 home runs from the leadoff spot, which were the most in MLB and the most in the NL since Alfonso Soriano and Hanley Ramirez hit 29 and 32 home runs, respectively, in 2008. The 29 home runs are tied for the seventh-most by a leadoff hitter in NL history.
- Batted .313 (94-for-300) with 17 home runs on the road. The road batting average was the 10th-highest in the NL, the seventh-highest for a single season in Rockies history, and the highest for the Rockies since Todd Helton batted .326 (88-for-270) on the road in 2004.