Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz won his sixth Silver Slugger Award, baseball bat-maker Louisville Slugger announced during an awards show on MLB Network Wednesday.
The awards are voted on by managers and coaches (who can’t vote for players on their own team) for the best offensive players at each position.
Ortiz, the MVP of the World Series, hit .309 with 160 hits, 30 home runs, and 103 RBIs in the regular season. He hit .353 in the playoffs with 5 homers and 13 RBIs.
The 37-year-old Ortiz, who triggered a $100,000 bonus for winning, also won the award from 2004-07 and in 2011. No other designated hitter has won more than four.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera, and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer each were selected for the fifth time.
St. Louis’s Yadier Molina (catcher) and Matt Carpenter (second base) were among nine players to receive their first Silver Sluggers.
The Orioles led all teams with three winners: Outfielder Adam Jones, shortstop J.J. Hardy, and first baseman Chris Davis, who led the league in home runs and RBIs. All were first-time winners.
Cubs choose Rick Renteria
The Cubs are set to hire Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their manager, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The team was expected to make it official on Thursday.
The move ends a long search that began with the last-place Cubs targeting Yankees manager Joe Girardi, only to be denied when he decided to stay put.
Instead, the Cubs are hoping Renteria can help develop their young players and lead them to their first championship since 1908. He replaces Dale Sveum, who was fired after two seasons.
The Cubs went 66-96 this season and finished at the bottom of the NL Central.
Renteria managed Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in March.
David DeJesus, Rays agree
Outfielder David DeJesus agreed to a $10.5 million, two-year contract with the Rays. The deal includes a $5 million club option for 2016 with a $1 million buyout. A .279 career hitter, DeJesus was acquired from the Nationals in a trade on Aug. 23 and started 26 games for the Rays . . . Pitching coach Jeff Jones will remain with the Tigers under new manager Brad Ausmus. Jones became Detroit’s pitching coach in the middle of the 2011 season, and the Tigers have developed one of the game’s best rotations . . . Prosecutors in Tennessee dismissed charges of reckless driving and speeding against Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, Neal Pinkston, a Hamilton County district attorney said. Puig completed at least 12 hours of community service in Los Angeles . . . Police said Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort had an alcohol concentration level more than three times the legal limit when he was pulled over for speeding Monday. The Greeley (Colo.) Tribune reported that he recorded a breath alcohol concentration level of 0.284.Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.