Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a finalist for the National League MVP Award, won a Silver Slugger Award and was recognized by the league’s managers and coaches as one of the best hitters at his position.
Betts was joined along with NL outfielders Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves and Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals.
Soto, 22, was snubbed as an NL MVP candidate after he won the NL batting title in his third year in the majors with a .351 average, smacked 13 homers in 47 games, and led major league hitters in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (1.185) and a few other advanced statistics.
The other NL winners were San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano, Padres third baseman Manny Machado, and Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna.
The American League winners were Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu, New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson, Cleveland Indians third baseman José Ramírez, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernández, White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez, and Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz.