Nats’ Desmond takes 2nd consecutive Silver Slugger
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond won his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday as the best hitter at his position in the National League.
Desmond, 28, didn’t quite have the offensive punch that he did in 2012. His batting average dropped from .292 to .280, his on-base percentage from .335 to .331. His slugging percentage, .512 a year ago, was .453 and his OPS was down to .784. It was .846 in 2012.
Still, among qualified NL shortstops Desmond had 20 home runs. That was tied with Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez and only Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki (25) had more. Desmond was third in batting average and a distant second in OPS to Tulowitzki.
New rules intended to increase offense may initially slow down the game as teams get used to quicker whistles.