Nats’ Des­mond takes 2nd con­sec­u­tive Sil­ver Slug­ger

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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.

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