After a historic 2014 season, Clayton Kershaw has deservedly won several awards and is still in the running for the NL Cy Young and MVP.
While Kershaw has drawn plenty of attention, Adrian Gonzalez is quietly assembling an impressive haul of awards. Gonzalez won his first career Fielding Bible Award, a Gold Glove and a Wilson Defensive Award for his play at first base. For good measure, Gonzalez also won a top award in Mexico.
On Thursday, Gonzalez was rewarded by managers and Major-League coaches for his production at the plate as he won the 2014 Silver Slugger Award at first base. Gonzalez is the third Dodger first baseman to win a Silver Slugger Award, with Eric Karros being the last to do it in 1995.
While his .276 batting average was the lowest of his career since 2009, he bounced back from a one-month slump. Gonzalez finished with a Major-League best 116 RBIs and a team-high 27 home runs. His 41 doubles were third-most in the NL and he led the league with 11 sacrifice flies.
Gonzalez’s 2014 highlights include a four-game home run streak, which tied a career high and he also strung along a 16-game hitting streak. Of the five first baseman finalists, Gonzalez’s batting average was only third-highest with the same being true for his home run total.
The 2014 Silver Slugger Award is the second of Gonzalez’s career and first with the Dodgers.