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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. one of five Dominicans to win a 2021 Silver Slugger Award

The Toronto Blue Jays first baseman shared the major-league lead with 48 home runs this year

November 12, 2021 12:58am

Updated: November 12, 2021 12:58am

After having an incredible season with the Blue Jays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. keeps reaping the rewards.

The Toronto All-Star leads a contingent of five Dominican ballplayers to win a 2021 Silver Slugger Award, which honors the best offensive players in baseball at their respective positions.

A first baseman, Guerrero is joined by San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., Boston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers, and outfielders Teoscar Hernandez and Juan Soto of the Blue Jays and Washington Nationals, respectively.

Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is the sixth Latino player to win a Silver Slugger Award this year.

Guerrero, 22, tied Perez for the major-league lead in home runs (48) and led the American League in on-base percentage (.401) and slugging percentage (.601). The youngest first baseman and the youngest Blue Jays player to win a Silver Slugger Award, Guerrero also led the majors in runs (123) and total bases (363).

Born in Montreal and raised in the Dominican, Guerrero is a nominee for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, which will be announced on Nov. 18th. Earlier this week, Guerrero won the American League's 2021 Hank Aaron Award, which has recognized the most outstanding regular-season offensive performer in each league since 1999. 

Tatis, 22, led the National League with 42 home runs and added 97 RBI and 25 stolen bases despite missing 32 games due to injuries. This is the second career Silver Slugger Award for the native of San Pedro de Macoris.

A first-time All-Star in 2021, Devers, 25, has now earned his first Silver Slugger Award. Devers, who was born in the town of Sanchez, hit a career-high 38 home runs and added 113 RBI and 101 runs scored in 156 games.

Hernandez, 29, who is from Cotui, earned his second straight Silver Slugger Award after hitting .296 with 32 home runs and 116 RBI -- all career bests.

Soto, 23, who was born in Santiago, is another repeat Silver Slugger Award winner. He batted .313 with 29 home runs and 95 RBI and led the major leagues in walks (145) and runs scored (111). 

A product of Valencia, Venezuela, Perez led the majors with 121 RBI to earn his fourth career Silver Slugger Award. The 31-year-old's 48 home runs this season are a major-league record for a player whose primary position is catcher. Despite starting 120 games behind the plate, Perez missed only one contest all season.

The full list of 2021 Silver Slugger Award winners can be found here.