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Vladimir Guerrero’s record highlights Blue Jays’ three Silver Slugger winners

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Five players from the Toronto Blue Jays were nominated for the Silver Slugger Award for 2021. Three of them — first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., second baseman Marcus Semien and right fielder Teoscar Hernandez — took home the hardware. The trio represented the most Silver Slugger winners from an American League team.

The 22-year-old Guerrero had a monster season. His 48 home runs tied for the most in Major League Baseball and he led the American League in on-base percentage (.401) and slugging percentage (.601). He became the youngest first baseman ever to win a Silver Slugger Award.

Vladdy becoming the youngest player to win an award is nothing new. Just a few days ago, he won the AL Hank Aaron Award. He was named an AL MVP finalist and is the centerpiece for an up-and-coming Blue Jays squad.

Semien, also an AL MVP finalist and first-time Gold Glove winner, was a beast at the plate this season. In his first season with Toronto, he set the single-season record for home runs by a second baseman with 45. This achievement made him an easy choice for the award, which he won for the first time in his career. He also led the major leagues with 86 extra-base hits.

For Hernandez, it’s his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award. He posted the third most runs batted in acorss the major leagues and recorded 32 home runs and an OPS of .870. He was one of two right fielders to record over 160 hits, joining Nick Castellanos of the Cincinnati Reds.

The Blue Jays could bring home more hardware if pitcher Robbie Ray wins the AL Cy Young award.