11/8/2012 5:00 P.M. ET
Hamilton rakes in third Silver Slugger Award
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Josh Hamilton has won his third Silver Slugger Award in recognition of his offensive contribution to the Rangers' Wild Card run this past season.
Hamilton was selected to the AL Silver Slugger outfield along with Mike Trout of the Angels and Josh Willingham of the Twins. Hamilton, who is a free agent, also won in 2008 and '10. The Silver Slugger recognizes the top offensive players at each position in both leagues.
Hamilton hit .285 for the Rangers with 43 home runs and 128 RBIs. He also finished with a .354 on-base percentage and a .577 slugging percentage. He was second in the American League in RBIs and slugging percentage, and tied for second in home runs. He was tied for fifth with 103 runs scored.
He ties with Julio Franco and Alex Rodriguez for the third-most Silver Slugger Awards won by a player in Rangers history. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez won six and outfielder Juan Gonzalez won five.
The winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches' and managers' opinion of a player's overall offensive value.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.