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Pedroia wins Silver Slugger

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  November 13, 2008 04:11 PM

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Dustin Pedroia has collected another impressive piece of hardware.

The Red Sox' outstanding second baseman has won a Silver Slugger award as the top offensive player at his position in the American League, it was announced today. The awards, which are presented annually, are determined by a vote of AL managers and coaches.

Pedroia, who won his first Gold Glove award last week, batted .326 with 17 home runs and 83 RBIs in his second full major league season. He is considered to be among the frontrunners for the AL Most Valuable Player award, which will be announced Tuesday.

Pedroia becomes the first Red Sox second baseman ever to receive the honor. The 25-year-old led the majors with 54 doubles, tied Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki for first with 213 hits, and ranked second with 118 runs and 61 multi-hit games, both AL highs.

He was the third major league second baseman ever to tally 100 runs, 200 hits, 50 doubles, and 20 steals in a season, joining the Yankees' Alfonso Soriano (2002) and the Astros' Craig Biggio (1998).

The 2007 AL Rookie of the Year established single-season franchise records by a second baseman for runs, hits, doubles, batting average, total bases, and extra-base hits.

Pedroia joins Jason Varitek (2005), Ellis Burks (1990), and Dwight Evans (1981) as the fourth Boston player to win Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in the same season.

The 2008 Silver Slugger teams:

American League
1B -- Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins
2B -- Pedroia
3B -- Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
SS -- Derek Jeter, New York Yankees
OF-- Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
OF -- Carlos Quentin, Chicago White Sox
OF -- Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians
C -- Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
DH -- Aubrey Huff, Baltimore Orioles

National League
1B -- Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
2B -- Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
3B -- David Wright, New York Mets
SS -- Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins
OF -- Matt Holliday, Colorado Rockies
OF -- Ryan Ludwick, St. Louis Cardinals
OF -- Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
C -- Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
P -- Carlos Zambrano, Chicago Cubs

Chad Finn of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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