TORONTO, Nov. 12 /CNW/ - TORONTO BLUE JAYS 2B AARON HILL & OF ADAM LIND were honoured with Silver Slugger Awards today for their performance this past season. The award goes the players voted the best offensive players at each position in both the American and National Leagues, as selected by coaches and managers.
HILL, 27, the 2009 AL Comeback Player of the Year, posted career highs with 36 home runs, 108 RBI, 195 hits, 103 runs scored and 682 at-bats. The Palm Harbor, Florida resident led Major League second basemen with his 36 home runs and 108 RBI, and his home run total was T-3rd in A.L. history for second basemen behind Alfonso Soriano's 39 home runs in 2002 and 38 in 2003. The 108 RBI are the most by any Major League second baseman since Bret Boone recorded 117 in 2003. The right-handed hitter also made his first All-Star appearance, starting at second base for the AL squad.
LIND, 26, set career highs in most offensive categories, including leading the club in batting average (.305), RBI (114) & slugging (.562). The Muncie, Indiana native is ranked 5th in the AL in total bases (330), 5th in doubles (46), 2nd in extra-base hits (81), 3rd in RBI (114) & 5th in home runs (35). His RBI total of 114 is the 1st 100+ RBI season from a Blue Jays left-handed hitter since Carlos Delgado posted 145 in 2003. The University of South Alabama product recorded an eight-RBI game at Texas, a three-home run game at BOS, and added a Blue Jays record six-RBI on opening day among his season highlights.
The duo of Lind & Hill have become just the second pair in Blue Jays history to record at least 35 home runs, 35 doubles & 100 RBI in the same season. In addition the combined RBI between the two is the most by a Blue Jay duo since 2003 when Delgado (145) & Wells (117) combined for 262. This marks only the 3rd time in Blue Jays history that two Blue Jays have won the award in the same season; 1999 (Green/Delgado) & 2003 (Delgado/Wells).
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