Nelson Cruz – Sporting News American League All-Star
After a highly productive first season with the Mariners, Nelson Cruz continues to receive some recognition for his efforts. Today it was announced that he was named to the Sporting News A.L. All-Star team as the designated hitter. It is his first career selection to the SN All-Star team. The 2015 team was chosen by a panel of 22 American League executives before the postseason began.
Here’s a recap of his 2015 accomplishments:
- Totals – Hit .302 (178×590) with 90 runs, 22 doubles, 1 triple, 44 home runs, 93 RBI, a .369 on-base percentage & .566 slugging percentage in 152 games.
- AL Leader – Amongst AL leaders in several offensive categories: 2nd in AL in HR (44), 3rd in SLG (.566), 4th in OPS (.936), T11th in multi-hit games (49), T8th in batting average (.302), T12th in RBI (93), T10th in extra-base hits (67).
- Clutch – T5th in A.L. with 27 go-ahead RBI and T7th with 14 game-winning RBI…hit .291 (43×148) with runners in scoring position.
- Team Leader – Led the team in runs (90), home runs (44), RBI (93), walks (59), average (.302), on-base percentage (.369) & slugging percentage (.566).
- Career Bests – Set career highs in runs (90), hits (178), home runs (44) and walks (59).
- 40 HR – 69th player in MLB history to log multiple 40-HR seasons in a career.
- Mariners with 40+ HR – 4th player in Mariners history to record a 40-HR season, first since Alex Rodriguez (41) in 2000: Ken Griffey Jr. (6), Jay Buhner (3), Alex Rodriguez (3)…2nd player to record a 40-HR season during the Safeco Field era (opened July 1999).
- Back-to-Back – First player since Miguel Cabrera (2012-2013) to record consecutive 40-homer seasons…53rd player with consecutive 40-HR seasons.
- Safeco Slugger – Hit 17 home runs at Safeco Field this season, T4th-most in ballpark history…club record is 21 by Richie Sexson in 2005.
- All-Star – Voted as the starting designated hitter for the American League…4th All-Star game selection (2009, 2013-2015) and second start (also: 2014).
- All-Star Game – Went 0-for-2, hitting cleanup as the designated hitter during the All-Star game.
- Small Setback – Missed 6 games Sept. 4-9 with a strained right quad…hit just .247 (20×81) after his return.
- The Streak – Reached base safely in a career-high 37 consecutive games July 18-Aug. 27 (previous personal best was 25 G in 2010 with Texas)…active on-base streak was the 3rd-longest in American League in 2015 and 6th-longest in Majors…during streak hit .355 (54×152) with 32 runs, 9 doubles, 18 home runs and a 1.200 OPS (.430 OBP/.770 SLG)…streak was extended via hit 34 times, walk 2 times, hit-by-pitch 1 time…streak is 12th-longest in franchise history, and longest since 43-game streak by Ichiro in 2009 (record is 47 by Alvin Davis in 1984).
- Extra Base Streak – Recorded an extra-base hit in 9 consecutive games July 31-Aug. 9, the 2nd-longest streak in club history…trails only a club-record 10-game streak by Ken Griffey Jr. July 19-29, 1993 (including his 8-game HR streak).
- Right Side Pop – Hit 44 home runs, tying the Mariners record for most home runs by a right-handed hitter (Jay Buhner, 44 in 1996).
- Crushed Lefties – Ranked 3rd in A.L. & 4th in Majors hitting .357 (60×168) with 9 doubles, 1 triple, 14 home runs, 27 RBI & a .683 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers…his .673 slugging percentage and 14 home runs led American League (tied in HR with Todd Frazier).
- Road Warrior – Hit a Major League leading 27 home runs on the road in 2015, which were T3rd-most in club history behind Ken Griffey Jr. (29 in 1997), Alex Rodriguez (28 in 2000) & tied with Jay Buhner (27 in 1997).
- OF vs. DH – As outfielder hit .337 (105×312) with 55 runs, 11 doubles, 31 home runs, 59 RBI and a 1.072 OPS in 80 games; as the designated hitter, hit .263 (73×278) with 35 runs, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, 34 RBI and a .783 OPS in 72 games.
- Home Runs Before Break – 8th Mariner with 20 or more home runs prior to the All-Star break (18th time).
- Walk Off – Recorded 8th career walk-off RBI with 1B off Junichi Tazawa in the 9th 5/15 vs. BOS (last: 4/19/15 against TEX Neftali Feliz, 1B).
- Player of the Month – Named AL Player of the Month for April…first career POM Award and the first Mariners position player to earn a monthly award since Ichiro in August 2004…in 22 G in April batted .322 (28×87) w/10 HR, 3 2B, 3B, 22 RBI.
- Player of the Week – Named American League Player of the Week for April 13-19…hit .500 (12×24), 7 R, 6 HR, 10 RBI, 1.806 OPS.
- #200 – Hit 200th career home run April 13 at Los Angeles (NL), a first-inning 2-run homer.
- 20 HR – Hit at least 20 home runs in 7 consecutive seasons…one of three players with active streak of 7 consecutive 20-HR seasons.
- 5 Straight…Twice – Homered in 5 consecutive games July 31-Aug. 4, his second home run streak of 5 games in 2015…is 5th player in MLB history to homer in at least 5 consecutive games twice in the same season: Harmon Killebrew (1970 Twins), Frank Thomas (1994 White Sox), Barry Bonds (2001 Giants), Chase Utley (2008 Phillies)…also homered in 5 consecutive games April 11-15 (6 HR during streak)…tied for 2nd-longest home run streak in club history: Griffey Jr., 8; Cruz, Buhner (2x), Zisk, A. Rodriguez all 5 games.
- April Showers – 10 HR in April were 3rd-most in club history (Ken Griffey Jr. – 13 in ‘97, 11 in ‘98)…10 HR were most in any April in his career (had 7 in ‘11 and ‘10) and 2nd-most in a single month (13 in May 2014).