Oct 26, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcherMadison Bumgarner
(40) and catcherBuster Posey
(28) celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals during game five of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
As if Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey didn’t have enough awards in their trophy cases, they get to add another one on as well. It was announced this afternoon that the Giants’ ace and catcher both won Silver Slugger Awards for their contributions on offense.
This is Bumgarner’s first Silver Slugger, as he finished the regular season with a .258 batting average, with 4 of his 17 hits being home runs (including two grand slams). This was the best hitting year for the two-time All-Star, as he led NL pitchers in hits, home runs and RBI.
Posey has now won his second Silver Slugger in his young career, finishing the regular season with a .311 batting average, 22 home runs and 89 RBIs. He led all NL catchers in RBI, and was in the top 5 in most other batting categories. It should also be noted that he played the third most games in comparison to all MLB catchers.
Both player’s receive the awards in recognition not only for the numbers themselves, but for their offensive contributions throughout the season. There were plenty of highlights by both players in the 2014 regular season.
None probably more notable than Bumgarner’s first career grand slam:
And possibly his second career grand slam, with his batterymate setting the table with a grand slam of his own:
Either way, these awards cap off a great and memorable season by not only Bumgarner and Posey, but the rest of the Giants team as well.