To no one's surprise Corey Seager was named the National League recipient of the Silver Slugger Award for the shortstop position yesterday. In commemoration of that Topps has issued the featured 2016Topps Now card seen in this post. Go here to check it out and order.
Per a press release:
Corey Seager was honored with his first Silver Slugger, becoming the first Los Angeles shortstop to win the award since its inception in 1980. The 22-year-old is just the third Dodger rookie to be recognized as a Silver Slugger, joining pitcher Fernando Valenzuela (1981) and catcher Mike Piazza (1993), and the first overall rookie shortstop to be honored since Boston’s Nomar Garciaparra in 1997.UPDATE: The print run for this card is 552 copies.
Seager, who is also a finalist for both the National League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards, has already won the Players Choice Award for Outstanding NL Rookie in addition to being recognized by both the Sporting News (National League) and Baseball America (MLB) as the publications’ Rookie of the Year.
Seager, a 2016 All-Star and the Dodgers’ Hank Aaron Award nominee, finished the season ranked among the NL leaders in hits (193, 2nd), runs (105, 5th), doubles (40, 7th), multi-hit games (57, T-2nd), extra-base hits (71, 7th), total bases (321, 4th), batting average (.308, 7th) and slugging percentage (.512, 10th). According to Stats, LLC, he was just the fourth rookie in the divisional era (since 1969) to rank in the NL’s top 10 in batting average and slugging percentage, joining Dusty Baker (1972, ATL), Mike Piazza (1993, LA) and Albert Pujols (2001, STL). His 26 homers established a Dodger record for a shortstop, breaking the previous record of 22, held by Glenn Wright (1930).
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