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Hamilton's golden season shines anew

Hamilton part of AL Silver Slugger OF

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ARLINGTON -- Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton added another trophy to his offseason haul when he was named to the American League Silver Slugger team on Thursday.

2008 Silver Sluggers
AMERICAN LEAGUE AL
 C Joe Mauer, MIN
1B Justin Morneau, MIN
2B Dustin Pedroia, BOS
3B Alex Rodriguez, NYY
SS Derek Jeter, NYY
OF Josh Hamilton, TEX
OF Carlos Quentin, CWS
OF Grady Sizemore, CLE
DH Aubrey Huff, BAL
NATIONAL LEAGUE NL
C Brian McCann, ATL
1B Albert Pujols, STL
2B Chase Utley, PHI
3B David Wright, NYM
SS Hanley Ramirez, FLA
OF Ryan Braun, MIL
OF Matt Holliday, COL
OF Ryan Ludwick, STL
P Carlos Zambrano, CHC

Hamilton was selected to the American League outfield along with Carlos Quentin of the White Sox and Grady Sizemore of the Indians. Hamilton previously was named the AL's Outstanding Player in the Player's Choice Awards as well as the Rangers Player of the Year by the local media.

Hamilton, acquired last winter from the Reds for pitcher Edinson Volquez, hit .304 with 98 runs scored, 32 home runs and a league-leading 130 RBIs for the Rangers. He was selected to the AL All-Star team in his second season in the Major Leagues and was voted into the starting lineup.

He is the first Rangers outfielder named to the team since Juan Gonzalez in 1998. He is the fourth Rangers outfielder to win a Silver Slugger. Gonzalez was named to the team five times while Ruben Sierra won a Silver Slugger award in 1989 and Al Oliver did so in 1980.

He is the first Ranger named to the team since infielders Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano in 2005. The only other Ranger named to the Silver Slugger team in this decade was shortstop Alex Rodriguez in 2001-03.

Hamilton was one of four Rangers who played in the All-Star Game this year. The other three missed out on the Silver Slugger. Michael Young lost out to Derek Jeter at shortstop, Ian Kinsler lost out to Dustin Pedroia at second base and Milton Bradley finished behind Aubrey Huff at designated hitter.

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

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