Despite falling short of the postseason, the Baltimore Orioles finished the season with a distinguished "unofficial" honor. They were, by far, the most pleasant surprise of the 2022 campaign.
A young Orioles core played their way to the franchise's first winning record in six years and in legitimate playoff contention until the final week of the regular season.
On Thursday, a few pieces of that young core were honored in a more official capacity. Catcher Adley Rutschman and right fielder Anthony Santander are Silver Slugger award finalists.
The Silver Slugger Award is given to the best offensive player at each position, voted by the MLB's managers and coaches. Aspects that are taken into consideration during the voting process include batting average, slugging percentage and the voters' overall thoughts on each player.
If not for the Mariners' Julio Rodriguez, Rutschman would run away with the AL Rookie of the Year award. The rookie backstop didn't make his MLB debut until late May, but led the team with 35 doubles in addition to a .254/.362/.445 slash line, 13 home runs, 42 RBIs and 101 hits.
Santander operated as the Orioles' top slugger, leading the team with 33 home runs and 89 RBIs. He also racked up 138 hits in 152 games played.
For the first time in many years, Orioles nation can be both proud and excited about the young future this franchise has in place.
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