San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds extended his own record Tuesday by winning his 12th Silver Slugger award, given to the top offensive
players at their positions in each league.
For the first time since the awards began in 1980, there was a tie at one position, with Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez and Cleveland's Victor Martinez
sharing the honor as the top-hitting AL catcher. It was the seventh award for Rodriguez, the first for Martinez.
In the AL outfield, Boston's Manny Ramirez won his seventh Silver Slugger, Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero his fourth and the New York Yankees' Gary
Sheffield his third. Texas second baseman Alfonso Soriano won for the second time.
Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira, Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada and third baseman Melvin Mora and Boston designated hitter David Ortiz were
first-time winners in the AL.
St. Louis first baseman Albert Pujols won for the third time in the NL, where there were seven first-time winners: San Diego second baseman Mark
Loretta, Pittsburgh shortstop Jack Wilson, Los Angeles third baseman Adrian Beltre, St. Louis outfielder Jim Edmonds, Philadelphia outfielder Bobby
Abreu, Atlanta catcher Johnny Estrada and Montreal pitcher Livan Hernandez.
Guerrero, Ramirez, Rodriguez and Tejada earned bonuses of $100,000 each, while Abreu, Bonds, Edmonds, Mora and Pujols earned $50,000 apiece. Hernandez
and Loretta each get $25,000.
Winners were picked by major league managers and coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. Selections were based on a combination
of offensive statistics, such as batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as general impressions of a player's offensive
The awards are given by Hillerich & Bradsby Co., the maker of Louisville Slugger bats.