Zambrano wins second Silver Slugger

Big Z wins second Silver Slugger

CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who batted .337 with four home runs, won his second Silver Slugger Award on Thursday.

Zambrano, who also won the award in 2006, had four doubles, a triple and 14 RBIs. His .337 average was the highest by a Cubs pitcher in a single season since 1900. He recorded a hit in 13 straight starts from June 2-Aug. 26, the longest by a pitcher since Wilbur Cooper had a 15-game hitting streak in 1924.

Zambrano also is the first Major League pitcher to have an RBI in eight consecutive starts, doing so from July 19-Aug. 26.

Louisville Slugger's Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who vote for the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2008. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.

The specially designed Silver Slugger will be presented to each player by a representative of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., makers of Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, in a ceremony early in the 2009 season. The trophy is three feet tall and bears the engraved name of the winner and his Silver Slugger teammates in his respective league. The Silver Slugger Award was instituted by H&B in 1980.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.