Holliday earns second Silver Slugger
All-Star Rockies left fielder led NL in batting average, RBIs
DENVER -- Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday emerged in 2006 as one of baseball's best offensive outfielders. He demonstrated this past season the reasons he should be one for years to come.
Holliday led the National League in batting and in runs batted in, and on Friday it was announced that he has been selected for his second straight Louisville Slugger's Silver Slugger Award for the National League. It marks the 17th time a Rockies player has received the award, all since the Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995.
Louisville Slugger's Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who vote for the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2007. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.
The specially designed Silver Slugger Award will be presented to each player by a representative of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., makers of Louisville Slugger, the official bat of Major League Baseball, in a ceremony early in the 2008 season. The trophy is three feet tall and bears the engraved name of the winner and his Silver Slugger teammates in his respective league.
The Silver Slugger Award was instituted by H&B in 1980 as a natural extension of the Silver Bat Award which is, as its name indicates, a silver-plated bat presented by Louisville Slugger to the batting champions in the AL and NL. This year's Silver Bat Award winners are Holliday and Detroit's Magglio Ordonez.
Holliday hit .340 to win the NL batting title. Ordonez led the Majors in batting with a .363 average and claimed the AL honor. Both will receive their Silver Bat Awards in on-field presentations early in the 2008 season.
Holliday, who earned his second invitation to the All-Star Game, also led the NL by driving in 141 runs.
The performance has made Holliday a prime candidate in Baseball Writers Association of America voting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award, which will be announced Nov. 20. Holliday was especially strong in early September.
During a torrid 14-game run Sept. 7-20, Holliday hit .396 with 11 home runs, four doubles and 21 RBIs. A strained left oblique muscle curtailed Holliday's power for the rest of the month, but he rebounded in the postseason by hitting .319 with five home runs and 10 RBIs in 11 games as the Rockies swept through the NL Division Series and NL Championship Series, but were swept by the Red Sox in the World Series. Holliday earned National League Championship Series MVP honors by hitting .333 with two home runs and four RBIs.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.