Altuve, Springer swing way to Silver Sluggers

Eric Hosmer batting during the first inning of of the Kansas City Royals versus the Cleveland Indians on Thursday

First baseman Eric Hosmer joined an elite list of Kansas City Royals players Thursday when he was named the American League's 2017 Louisville Silver Slugger Award victor.

The award is given to the top hitter at each position in the American and National leagues based on votes by Major League coaches and managers.

Bob Forsch (1980, 1987) and Jason Marquis (2005) are the only previous Cardinals pitchers to win a Silver Slugger Award. He had a club-record 38 home runs as a designated hitter, surpassing Martinez (37) in 2000.

Third baseman Jose Ramirez, 25, had one of the best offensive seasons in Indians history.

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November 9: DH Nelson Cruz wins American League Silver Slugger award after hitting 39 home runs leading the league with 119 RBIs.

Cruz, who played in his age-36 season in 2017, is tied with Kansas City's Hal McRae (133 RBIs, 1982) as the second-oldest player to lead the American League outright in RBIs.

Altuve has already been named MLB's Player of the Year and the AL's Most Outstanding Player in the Players Choice Awards, which were revealed Wednesday. The 23-year-old ranked 3rd in baseball in extra base hits (81), 4th in doubles and total bases, 7th in hits and 9th in runs. He's a finalist for the AL Most Valuable Player Award, which will be announced November 16. He set career-bests in RBIs, walks and on-base percentage.

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