Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and catcher Wilson Ramos were announced as Silver Slugger Award winners Thursday night. This is both player's first time winning the award, and they're the first Nationals at those positions to win the award.
Murphy and Ramos are the 11th and 12th Nationals to win a Silver Slugger, and they extended Washington's streak of having at least one player win the award to five seasons. The Nats are the only team in the National League to boast at least one Silver Slugger in each of the past five seasons.
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Murphy led the NL in slugging percentage (.595), doubles (47) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.985). He finished second in batting average (.347), plate appearances per strikeout (10.21), strikeout percentage (9.8%) and go-ahead RBI (31), and he placed in the top five in total RBI (104), hits (184) and multi-hit games (56). He's also a finalist for the NL MVP award, which will be announced Nov. 17.
Murphy's 2016 batting average was the best in Nationals history, and his hits and doubles totals tied Nationals records. He topped NL second baseman in slugging percentage, doubles and RBI, and he was an All-Star. He also earned a spot in the history books alongside Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby as the only other second baseman to record 25 home runs and 104 RBI with at least a .347 batting average and .595 slugging percentage.
Ramos suffered an ACL injury on Sept. 26 that ended his season, but his 22 home runs, 80 RBI, 25 doubles, 148 hits, .307 batting average, .496 slugging percentage and .850 OPS were all career highs.
Ramos paced all NL catchers in slugging percentage, and he made his first career All-Star appearance. He also had the third best NL catcher ERA with a 3.45.
Ramos is currently a free agent, and because of his knee injury, the Nationals decided against making him a $17.2 million qualifying offer.