July 4, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez (2) hits a single to drive in a run in the tenth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. For moment 107 let’s take a little trip to the year 2008 and visit a player name Hanley Ramirez and bring you his 2008 Silver Slugger Award for shortstop.
Coming off a pretty good 2007 year (a year that he should have gotten the Silver Slugger award, but that might just be a bitter Marlins fan’s opinion), Hanley was poised to make 2008 his and boy did he. He put up some great numbers to secure himself the award. Hanley scored a league leading 125 runs, got 177 hits, 34 doubles, 4 triples, 33 home runs, had a .301 batting average, a .400 OBP, while having a SLG of .540, and an OPS of .940.
This year he was also the starting lead-off hitter for the National League All-Star team. This wouldn’t be the only Silver Slugger Award Hanley would win as a Marlin. The following year he would do it again and became the second Marlin to win the award twice and back to back, but that year (*spoiler*) has its own special moment. With one more Silver Slugger winner to go, who will it be (don’t look it up, let it be a Christmas-like surprise)? Join me tomorrow as we finish off our Silver Slugger Awards for the Greatest Moments in Marlins History.