Arrieta unseats Bumgarner as NL's top-hitting pitcher

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Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta ended Madison Bumgarner's two-year reign by taking home his first-career MLB Silver Slugger Award.

The honours, announced on Thursday, are given annually to MLB's premier hitters at each position as voted on by managers, and Arrieta finally edged out his San Francisco Giants counterpart this time.

Arrieta's .262 batting average, by far his career best, was top among pitchers with at least 50 at-bats in the 2016 season.

That includes a pair of home runs, two doubles and a triple, totalling seven RBIs. Only Noah Syndergaard and Bumgarner hit more home runs, but neither cracked the Mendoza Line.

There is only one way to settle this once and for all: Bring on the 2017 Pitcher Home Run Derby.

Elsewhere, the Boston Red Sox led baseball with three winners, including one last hurrah for David Ortiz.

The Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies and Cubs also had a pair each in the National League, which featured eight first-time winners.

 

American League

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Royals (first career)

First base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (second straight, seventh career)

Second base: Jose Altuve, Astros (third straight)

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox (second straight)

Third base: Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays (second straight)

Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels (fifth straight)

Outfield: Mark Trumbo, Orioles (first career)

Outfield: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (first career)

Designated hitter: David Ortiz, Red Sox (seventh career)

 

National League

Catcher:Wilson Ramos, Nationals (first career)

First base: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (first career)

Second base: Daniel Murphy, Nationals (first career)

Shortstop: Corey Seager, Dodgers (first career)

Third base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (second straight)

Outfield: Charlie Blackmon, Rockies (first career)

Outfield: Christian Yelich, Marlins (first career)

Outfield: Yoenis Cespedes, Mets (first career)

Pitcher: Jake Arrieta, Cubs (first career)