They may not have finished in the top five in MVP voting, but Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon continue to rack up other accolades. Tonight the Rockies third baseman and center fielder were each awarded with the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award, recognizing the best player in each league at each position. This represents Arenado's third Silver Slugger Award in a row and blackmon's second in a row.
Charlie Blackmon was not only the best center fielders in the National League, he has a strong claim as one of the three best in all of baseball. This year he hit .331/.399 /.601, leading the national league in plate appearances (725), hits (214), runs (137), triples (14), and knocking a cool 36 home runs to go along with it. He also won the National League batting title for what it's worth and had a 144 OPS+.
The craziest thing about Nolan Arenado’s season is that, in some ways, it's a step back from what he has done the previous few years. He hit .309/.379/.586 (all career highs) in 680 plate appearances; however, he "only" hit 37 home runs, ending his streak of consecutive 40 home run/130 RBI seasons at two. While he didn't lead the league in home runs for what would have been the third consecutive year (that honor went to Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins who hit 59), he did lead the league with 43 doubles.
With Nolan and Chuck winning this year, the Rockies have now been awarded 28 Silver Sluggers in their 25 seasons of play. It's the ninth time in Rockies history that two hitters have won Silver Slugger Awards in the same season.