Zambrano was named the National League's top hitting pitcher for the second consecutive season and the third time in his career, joining eight other National Leaguers honored Tuesday with Silver Slugger Awards. Never mind that Zambrano didn't match his .337 average from 2008 -- he batted .217 in 2009 -- but he slugged four home runs and drove in 11, enough to prevail in a vote of Major League coaches and managers.
NL SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
|1B||Albert Pujols, Cards||47||135||.327|
|2B||Chase Utley, Phillies||31||93||.282|
|3B||R. Zimmerman, Nats||33||106||.292|
|SS||H. Ramirez, Marlins||24||106||.342|
|OF||Ryan Braun, Brewers||32||114||.320|
|OF||Andre Ethier, Dodgers||31||106||.272|
|OF||Matt Kemp, Dodgers||26||101||.297|
|C||Brian McCann, Braves||21||94||.281|
|P||C. Zambrano, Cubs||4||11||.217|
Zambrano's three Silver Slugger awards are tied for third most among pitchers with Rick Rhoden and Don Robinson since its inception in 1980. Mike Hampton has earned the honor five times, while Tom Glavine has won the award four times. Zambrano is the first pitcher to earn consecutive honors since Hampton received the award five straight seasons from 1999-2003.
The 28-year-old Zambrano already owns the Cubs' franchise record with 20 career home runs by a pitcher, far surpassing the previous mark of 13 by Fergie Jenkins. Zambrano has 47 career extra-base hits, second-most by a pitcher in club annals, trailing only Charlie Root's 64 extra-base hits from 1926-41.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.