CHICAGO – While the big awards given by Major League Baseball won’t be announced till next week, the Cubs still continue to win some other honors after a World Series championship season.
On Thursday first baseman Anthony Rizzo and pitcher Jake Arrieta were awarded the Silver Slugger awards for the National League. The award is given annually to the player judged to be the best hitter in their respective league at their position.
Both players won the award for the first time in their careers and are apart of ten players in Cubs history to win a Silver Slugger Award. It’s the first for the franchise since Aramis Ramirez was honored as the best hitting third baseman in the National League in 2011 and the first time two players have won in the same year since 2005 (Catcher Michael Barrett and first baseman Derrek Lee).
Rizzo was one of the best hitters in the National League as he hit .292 with 36 homers and 109 RBIs – each of which were career highs. Arrieta hit an impressive .262 at the usually light-hitting pitchers spot which included two doubles, a triple and two homers. While not included in the evaluation for the award, Arrieta also hit a three-run homer in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Giants at AT&T Park.