Carlos Zambrano Named NL Silver Slugger

Posted on 17 November 2009 by Lou

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Carlos Zambrano won his 3rd Silver Slugger Award as the best hitting pitcher in the National League in 2009.  Big Z slugged 4 home runs and had 11 RBI’s with a .217 batting average.  Zambrano also won the award in 2008 when he had a phenomenal .337 batting average and back in 2006.  Cincinnati Reds pitcher Micah Owings and Florida Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson each hits 3 home runs and drove in 10 runs and finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively in voting.

Zambrano has 20 career home runs and 47 career extra base hits.  Zambrano became the 3rd pitcher in major league history to win the Silver Slugger Award 3 times (Rick Rhoden and Don Robinson are the other 2 pitchers to accomplish that feat).  Mike Hampton has won the Silver Slugger Award 5 times in his career, while Tom Glavine has won the award 4 times in his career.

Big Z needs to focus a little more on pitching these days though.  Zambrano injured himself swinging the bat during batting practice in August and missed a few starts because of the injury.  His 9-7 record, 28 starts and 1.38 worst numbers of his career since he became a full-time starter back in 2003.  Zambrano needs to regain for 2004-2008 form in which he won at least 14 games in each of those season.  Zambrano is considered to be the ace of the staff and he needs to show it with at least 15 wins in each season.  At the age of 28, Big Z should still have a lot of good years left in him…

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