Nationals’ Daniel Murphy wins Silver Slugger Award

WASHINGTON — Washington Nationals’ Daniel Murphy won the Silver Slugger Award for National League second basemen on Thursday night, marking his second consecutive season winning the award.

The 32-year-old was the best-hitting player in his position. He led all National League second basemen in doubles with 43, and was the best hitter in Major League Baseball with runners in scoring position, batting .409.

Milwaukee Brewers’ Domingo Santana (16) steals second base as Washington Nationals’ Daniel Murphy takes a late throw during the sixth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Washington Nationals’ Daniel Murphy (20) is congratulated by Ryan Zimmerman (11) after Murphy hit a home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Washington Nationals’ Daniel Murphy hits an RBI double off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. during the third inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Washington Nationals’ Daniel Murphy (20) scores as the throw gets away from St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 2, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Washington Nationals’ Daniel Murphy gestures as he heads home to score on a inside-the-park grand slam by Michael Taylor during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Nationals’ Daniel Murphy rounds first base after hitting a solo home run off New York Mets pitcher Jacob Rhame during the 10th inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Murphy said he was honored to humbled to receive the award, which Louisville Slugger announced on MLB Network Thursday night.

“I am extremely proud to be considered among this group of talented players. To be recognized by opposing coaches and managers for the way I play the game is quite a compliment and I’d like to thank my teammates, coaches, medical staff, and support staff for their assistance in helping me achieve this award,” he said.

Murphy won the first Silver Slugger Award of his career in 2016. His win marks six consecutive seasons that the Nats have had at least one winner of the Silver Slugger Award. The team has won 13 total awards.

“We are thrilled to see Daniel honored again for the outstanding and consistent production he brings to our club day-in and day-out,” said Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo said in a news release. “The Nationals organization is proud to have established quite a tradition of Silver Slugger Award winners, and we are excited to see Daniel honored appropriately once again.”

Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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