Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #106 The First Slugger
By Andy Salgado
Sep 12, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; A detail shot of the Atlanta Braves bats before a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. For the final Silver Slugger moment we take you to the first ever Marlin to win the award. Moment 106 goes to Gary Sheffield and his 1996 Silver Slugger Award as an Outfielder.
The year before the Marlins would go on to win the World Series, Gary was making an offensive impact in the world of baseball. In 1996 Gary led the National League in 2 offensive categories. He had a .465 OBP and a 1.090 OPS. He also had some very impressive numbers in other categories. Gary had 163 hits, 33 doubles, 42 home runs (*spoiler*), 120 RBIs, and was batting .314 that season.
Not only did he win the Silver Slugger award he also got to play in the All-Star game and finished 6th in the MVP voting. All that is great, but the one thing I will always remember, and most Marlin fan will too, is that he will always be the first Marlin to win the Silver Slugger Award. What award are we going to handle next? There is only one way to find out. Join me here tomorrow and see what award the Greatest Moments in Marlins History will take on. Till then… Let’s Go Marlins!