Saturday, November 10, 2007

Rollins, Utley win Silver Slugger Awards

Shortstop Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Chase Utley won National League Silver Slugger Awards at their respective positions. For Utley, it is his second Silver Slugger Award and for Rollins his first.

Rollins, 28, hit .296 with 38 doubles, 20 triples, 30 home runs and 94 RBI in 162 games. He became the fourth player in major league history to have at least 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 steals in the same season, joining Hall of Famer Willie Mays (1957), Frank Schulte (1911) and Curtis Granderson (2007), and is the only one of those four to also have 200 hits. Rollins also set NL records for runs (139) and extra-base hits (88) by a shortstop.

"It's nice to be recognized for my offensive prowess by the managers and coaches," said Rollins. "I take a lot of pride in hitting and I really am honored to receive this award."

Utley, 28, hit .332 with 48 doubles, 22 home runs and 103 RBI in 132 games. Despite missing a month of action due to a broken right hand, he led all major league second basemen in RBI, slugging percentage (.571) and on-base percentage (.413) and tied for the lead in doubles. Over the last three seasons (2005-07), Utley has led all major league second basemen in hits (525), runs (321), RBI (300) and home runs (79).

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