The awards for J.T. Realmuto just keep coming in.
On the heels of his Gold Glove win earlier this week, the Best Catcher in Baseball has been awarded the Silver Slugger as the National League’s best hitting catcher as well. Unlike the Gold Glove, this one came as somewhat of a surprise. Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal was the favorite to win the award.
While unexpected, he is certainly deserving of the honor. He set career-highs in a plethora of offensive categories this season, including runs (92), doubles (36), home runs (25) and RBIs (83). He’s only the third catcher in MLB history to have at least 90 runs, 35 doubles and 25 home runs in a single season.
Realmuto is just the fifth player to win both the Gold Glove and the Silver Slugger in the same season while with the Phillies. He joins Jimmy Rollins (2007), Scott Rolen* (2002), Mike Schmidt (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986) and Manny Trillo (1981).
*Scott Rolen’s 2002 season was split between the Phillies and the Cardinals.
The most recent Phillies to win the Silver Slugger were Chase Utley (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), Jimmy Rollins (2007) and Ryan Howard (2006). The only other catcher in Phillies history to win the award was Darren Daulton, who did so in 1992.
Congratulations to J.T. Realmuto! Hopefully tomorrow we’ll be celebrating his third award of the week. The Platinum Glove winners will be announced at 9:15 p.m.