Anthony Rendon was finalist for the NL Gold Glove at third base, which went to Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the seventh straight season, and the Washington Nationals’ 29-year-old third baseman is a finalist for the National League’s Most Valuable Player.
For the second time in his career, he’s a Silver Slugger award-winner as well.
Rendon was announced as the NL Silver Slugger winner at third base on the MLB Network last night, after the Nats’ infielder finished the 2019 season at .319/.412/.598, with a total of 44 doubles, 34 home runs, 117 runs scored, 126 RBIs, and 154 wRC+ in 146 games and 646 plate appearances.
Rendon led all National League third basemen in AVG, OBP, SLG, RBIs, multi-hit games (55), extra-base hits (81), runs scored, and fWAR, with his 174 total hits and 80 walks the second-most among NL third basemen.
“The Washington Nationals organization congratulates Anthony on this well-deserved honor,” Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo said in a press release on the award last night.
“Anthony’s outstanding and consistent production speaks for itself and it is only right that he is honored as the top hitting third baseman in the National League.”
Rendon followed up on his solid regular season, which saw him set career-highs in home runs, runs scored, RBIs, AVG, OBP, SLG, and fWAR, while tying his career high in doubles, with a .328/.413/.590 postseason, in which he hit seven doubles and three home runs in 17 games on the way to the Nationals’ World Series win.
“He’s a very humble guy, very -- one thing that I don’t know if people realize — he’s very competitive in his own way,” Rendon’s manager Davey Martinez explained when he was asked what he’s learned about the infielder during their two seasons together in D.C.
“He’s very laid back. Another guy that doesn’t really have much of a heartbeat. But he’s very intense.
“And when he doesn’t feel like he’s doing well, he’s not very happy. And he always wants to do well.
“One thing I’ve learned from him, that he’s a constant professional, wants to play every day, does whatever he can that helps his team win.”
Will the two-time Silver Slugger Award-winner (and current free agent) wind up winning the NL MVP award as well? We’ll find out when the winner is announced on November 14th.