Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez and Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez both won their eighth Silver Slugger Awards yesterday, while eight of the nine members of the NL team were first-time winners.
Los Angeles 2B Jeff Kent was the only member of the NL team to have previously won the award. He was joined by Cubs C Michael Barrett and 1B Derrek Lee, Reds SS Felipe Lopez, Astros 3B Morgan Ensberg, Braves OF Andruw Jones, Marlins OF Miguel Cabrera, Brewers OF Carlos Lee and Cardinals RHP Jason Marquis.
Winners were picked by major league managers and coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. Selections for each position were based on a combination of offensive statistics.
Rodriguez was joined on the list by Yankees OF Gary Sheffield.
Ramirez was among three Boston players on the team, joined by C Jason Varitek and DH David Ortiz.
Rangers 1B Mark Teixeira and SS Alfonso Soriano made it, as did Orioles SS Miguel Tejada.
Meantime, St. Louis 1B Albert Pujols took over the top spot from Carlos Delgado in MLB's annual player rankings. Pujols finished at 98.519 on a scale of 100, finishing just ahead of Teixeira (98.462).
Pujols and Padres 2B Mark Loretta (88.961) repeated as the top infielders at their positions in the NL, while the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins (87.192) took over at shortstop and the Cubs' Aramis Ramirez (88.67) replaced Scott Rolen at third. The Cubs' Michael Barrett (87.645) was the top catcher.
Houston's Lance Berkman (94.8) and Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu (91.9) repeated in the outfield, and Florida's Miguel Cabrera (93.8) replaced Barry Bonds.
Houston's Roy Oswalt (95.072) repeated as the top starting pitcher, and Philadelphia's Billy Wagner (93.854) replaced injured Eric Gagne as the top NL reliever.
After leading AL shortstops for six straight seasons Rodriguez (92.857) was tops at third.
Minnesota's Johan Santana (98.333) replaced Roy Halladay as the top AL starting pitcher, the Yankees' Mariano Rivera (95.421) took over from Keith Foulke at reliever and Cleveland's Travis Hafner (92.286) was the top designated hitter.
-- From News Services