Mar­quez, Are­nado, Story win Sil­ver Slug­ger Awards

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Pa­trick Saun­ders

Rock­ies third base­man Nolan Are­nado smashed 38 home runs to lead the Na­tional League. Short­stop Trevor Story hit 37, in­clud­ing a mem­o­rable 505foot, three-home run game on Sept. 5 vs. San Fran­cisco that ranks as the longest in Coors Field His­tory.

Were they Louisville Sil­ver Slug­ger win­ners when the awards were an­nounced Thurs­day? Check, and check.

But move over guys, and make room for Ger­man Mar­quez, who be­came the first Rock­ies pitcher since Mike Hamp­ton in 2002 to win a Sil­ver Slug­ger. Mar­quez, 23, hit .300 (18-for-60) to lead all Na­tional League start­ing pitch­ers and also led pitch­ers with a .350 slug­ging per­cent­age.

Mar­quez’s big­gest game at the plate came in Col­orado’s 19-2 rout of Ari­zona on July 11 at Coors Field when he knocked in two runs and notched his first big-league homer. It came off of Di­a­mond­backs sec­ond base­man Daniel Descalso, who was called into emer­gency pitch­ing duty, but it still counts. What’s more, Mar­quez’s blast trav­eled 447 feet.

This is the sec­ond sea­son in fran­chise his­tory that three Rock­ies play­ers have been awarded the Sil­ver Slug­ger Award (El­lis Burks, An­dres Galar­raga and Eric Young each won a Sil­ver Slug­ger in 1996).

Mar­quez loves hit­ting and he swings for all he’s worth. He mashed the ball when play­ing youth base­ball in San Fe­lix, Venezuela.

“I was a good hit­ter, and to me that was the best part of en­joy­ing base­ball grow­ing up,” Mar­quez said this sea­son. “I played third base and I re­ally spent a lot of time on my love (of hit­ting).”

Mar­quez’s team­mates took no­tice of his prow­ess at the plate.

“If you watch bat­ting prac­tice, he launches balls out of the ball­park,” Are­nado said. “So he’s got ridicu­lous power, and he’s got a re­ally good swing.”

Are­nado now has four Sil­ver Slug­ger Awards, tied with Todd Hel­ton for the most in fran­chise his­tory. He joins Mike Sch­midt and Wade Boggs as the only third base­men to win the award in at least four con­sec­u­tive sea­sons.

Story, who won his first Sil­ver Slug­ger, be­came the first short­stop in bigleague his­tory to record at least 40 dou­bles, 30 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a sin­gle sea­son.

The Sil­ver Slug­ger is awarded to the top play­ers at each po­si­tion in each league as se­lected by a vote of coaches and man­agers.

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