Angels’ Mike Trout wins ninth Silver Slugger award

Angels outfielder Mike Trout added some hardware to his personal collection of awards Thursday, winning his ninth Silver Slugger Award.

The American League’s three-times Most Valuable Player is the first player to win the award nine times before age 30 and has the most Silver Slugger Awards for an AL outfielder. Manny Ramirez collected eight as an outfielder and one as a designated hitter.

Trout is also the sixth player with at least nine Silver Sluggers — the other five are Ramirez and Barry Larkin, who had nine each, Mike Piazza and Alex Rodriguez, who had 10 each, and Barry Bonds, who had 12.

Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner (his first) and right fielder Mookie Betts (his fifth) also earned the honor. They are the first Dodger couple to win the award in the same season since Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier in 2009. Betts, who also won a Gold Glove that season, is the first Dodger to win both awards multiple times in the same year. Betts won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger in 2020.

Managers and coaches in their respective leagues vote on the award given to the best offensive player in each position.

Trout made sure to leave no stone unturned as he returned from a back injury that sidelined him for more than a month this season.

Trout – whose 2021 season was cut short with a calf injury – went down for the first time on July 12 with back spasms. He batted .270 with a .967 on-base percentage plus slugging, 24 homers, 51 RBIs, 76 hits and 55 carries scored at the time. The injury forced him to miss the 2022 All-Star game, his 10th All-Star nod.

He returned more than five weeks later and finished the season in a .283 stroke with .999 OPS (earning him a career 1.002 OPS). He also had 85 runs, 80 RBIs, finished third in the AL with 70 extra base hits, and became the Angels all-time lead in runs scored by passing Garrett Anderson’s 1,024 on August 26.

Along the way, he added a seven-game home run streak and finished at 40.

He hit the second-most homers in the AL, behind New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge’s 62, and tied for third-most in the majors with Pete Alonso of the New York Mets. Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Kyle Schwarber hit 46.

“It was one of my goals when I came back. I told the guys 40 would be a good number, a cool number to hit,” Trout said after hitting that final home run.

Trout finished 39th in the last home game of the season, after which manager Phil Nevin said: “I mean he’s one out of 40 and missed a big chunk of the season. He looks good.”

After Trout peaked at No. 40, Nevin said, “I think if Mike plays a full season this year, that will [MVP] Conversation is very different.”

Angel Two Way Star and reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani did not win a Silver Slugger that year despite being one of four Angels finalists – Luis Rengifo and Taylor Ward being the others. Ohtani was a finalist in the Designated Hitter and Utility categories. Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros received the AL Designated Hitter honors and Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins won the Utility category honors.

Trout holds the Angels record for most Silver Slugger Awards – Vladimir Guerrero Sr. had the second highest with four. Angels’ Mike Trout wins ninth Silver Slugger award

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