Shortly after being honored with Gold Gloves as the best National League defensive players in their positions, Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez were rewarded for their offensive performances last season. Both have earned the Silver Slugger award, joining another who’s who of baseball’s best.
Tulo hit a career-high .315 in 2010, belting 27 home runs and 95 RBIs, notes The Denver Post. He also had a killer September, driving in 40 runs in one of the best sustained offensive performances ever—all despite breaking his wrist in June and missing more than 30 games. CarGo was equally dominant, matching his stellar work in the outfield with an ease and grace at the plate unheard of in first-year starters. The 25-year-old Venezuelan won the NL batting title after hitting .336 and led the NL in hits (197) and total bases (351), along with adding 34 home runs. He was a serious contender for the NL triple crown heading into the end of the season (most home runs and RBIs, and best batting average), but a late-season wrist injury sapped his power.
Nevertheless, Tulo says of CarGo, “I’ve never really seen or played with a player who was so even the whole year. He didn’t go through too many bad streaks. That’s impressive” (via The Associated Press).