Three of the award-winning Dominicans are among the finalists for the MVP awards of their respective circuits
Dominican Republic could not beat the record set in 2020 with the award Silver bat, however, managed to obtain five winners of the award that recognizes the best hitters of each position throughout the season of Big leagues.
In the National League, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto won the award at shortstop and outfielder, respectively. For both it represents the second time in a row that they manage to rise with it, joining Ronald Acuña Jr., Mike trout and Fernando Valenzuela as the only hitters in history to get multiples Silver Bats before turning 23 years old.
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Tatis Jr. played 130 games in the season, remaining as the leader of home runs in the “Old Circuit”With 42, a .282 batting average and a .975 OPS. He also had 97 RBIs and 99 runs scored, as well as 25 stolen bases and 292 total bases, despite several trips to the disabled list as a result of a shoulder injury.
On your side, Soto was the leader of MLB in walks with a total of 145, 23 of them intentional, where he also led the league. Similarly, he finished dominating in OBP (.465). He hit .313 along with a .999 OPS, 29 homers, 95 RBIs and 111 runs. Soto finished the year with 268 total bases and an OPS + of 175.
Both are finalists for the award as Most valuable Player of the National League.
On the side of “Young Circuit”, Another finalist for the award Mvp joins them as the recipient of their first Silver bat. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reached the award as first baseman in the American league. He was the leader of MLB on runs (123), home runs alongside Salvador Perez (48) and total bases (363). He headed the American league in OBP (.401), SLG (.601), OPS (1.002) and OPS + (169), added to a batting average of .311 and 111 RBIs.
TO Guerrero Jr. He was joined by another teammate with an award Silver bat, the gardener Teoscar Hernandez. “The Chinese”Won his second consecutive award, after an impressive 2021. He hit 32 homers to a .296 batting average, which was accompanied by an .822 OPS. He drove in 116 runs and scored 92 times.
The last Dominican to win the award was Rafael Devers, who for the first time in his career stands with a Silver bat. The third baseman of Boston Red Sox he finished with a .279 batting average, .352 OBP and .538 SLG, good for an .809 OPS. He hit 38 homers (personal best) and drove in 113 runs, leading both departments among third bases in 2021.
The rest of the winners
In the American league: Marcus semien (second base), Xander Bogaerts (short field), Salvador Perez (receiver), Shohei ohtani (designated hitter) and outfielders Aaron Judge and Cedric Mullins.
In the National League: Freddie freeman (first base), Ozzie albies (second base), Austin riley (Third base), Buster posey (receiver), Max fried (pitcher) and the gardeners Bryce harper and Nick Castellanos.