LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Boston left fielder Manny Ramirez won his
ninth Silver Slugger on Friday, while New York Yankees shortstop
Derek Jeter and New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran were
among 13 first-time winners.
Washington left fielder Alfonso Soriano won his first NL Silver
Slugger after winning three at second base in the AL. Florida's
Miguel Cabrera won at third base after earning the honor as a left
fielder last year.
NL first-time winners included Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard and second baseman Chase Utley, Colorado left fielder
Matt Holliday, Atlanta catcher Brian McCann and Chicago Cubs pitcher
Beltran, Guerrero, Ortiz and Ramirez earned $100,000 bonuses,
Zambrano $75,000, Holliday $50,000, and Crede and Dye $15,000 each.
In addition, winning the award boosted Dye's 2007 salary by
$250,000 to $7 million.
The awards are given annually by Hillerich & Bradsby Co., the
maker of Louisville Slugger bats.