Tatis, Machado, Cronenworth named Silver Slugger finalists
The Padres ’ three All-Star hitters — Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth — have been announced as Silver Slugger Award finalists in the National League at their respective positions.
Tatis led the Padres and the National League with 41 homers and topped all NL shortstops in RBIs (97), slugging (.611) and OPS (.975). The Giants’ Brandon Crawford (.895 OPS), the Dodgers’ Trea Turner (.911 OPS) and the Brewers’ Willy Adames (.886) are the other finalists.
Machado’s 28 homers were tied for fourth among NL third basemen behind the Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado (34) and the Reds’ Eugenio Suarez (31). The Brewers’ Eduardo Escobar and the Cubs’ Patrick Wisdom both hit 28.
Machado finished second with 106 RBIs and an .836 OPS behind Riley (.898 OPS, 107 RBIs).
Riley, Arenado and Wisdom are also finalists at third base.
Meantime, Cronenworth is a finalist alongside the Braves’ Ozzie Albies, the Reds’ Jonathan India and the Dodgers’ Justin Turner, who hasn't played even one inning at second base in the last two seasons.
Albies (.799 OPS), led that quartet with 30 homers, followed by 27 from Justin Turner (.832 OPS) and 21 from both Cronenworth (.800 OPS) and India (.835 OPS).
Tatis and Machado won their first Silver Sluggers last year while both finishing in the top-four in NL MVP voting. Cronenworth is vying for his first Silver Slugger Award.
The winners will be announced Nov. 11.
This story originally appeared in San Diego Union-Tribune .