Andrew McCutchen won his fourth consecutive Silver Slugger award on Thursday night, becoming the first Pittsburgh Pirates' player to win the award four times. McCutchen hit .292/.401/.488 with 36 doubles, three triples and 23 homers in 2015. From May until August, he put up an OPS over .900 each month, topping out at 1.079 in August when he won the NL Player of the Month award.
The Silver Slugger award has been given away since 1980. Pitcher Don Robinson in 1982 was the first Pittsburgh Pirates' player to win the award. He was followed by second baseman Johnny Ray in 1983 and pitcher Rick Rhoden was the lone representative from 1984 until 1986, winning three consecutive. In 1988, Andy Van Slyke and Bobby Bonilla became the first teammates for the Pirates to win the award in the same sea...
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