Not exactly a surprise, as Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke was clearly the best-hitting pitcher in the National League, batting .328 with a .409 on-base percentage. He went 5-for-14 (.357) with runners in scoring position. Greinke also pitched pretty well for the Dodgers this year, going 15-4 for a league-best .789 winning percentage, and he posted a 2.63 ERA.
The Silver Slugger is determined by a vote of the league’s managers and coaches and is awarded to the top-hitting player at each position in each league. Greinke is the first Dodgers pitcher to win it since Orel Hershiser in 1993.
Also, in case you missed this earlier, the reckless driving case was dropped against Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was busted for driving 97 mph in a 50-mph zone back in April while he was playing for the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate there.
Finally, the Dodgers have hired a new advance scout named Gary Pellant. Pellant has been with the Chicago White Sox for the past 28 years. I don’t know him at all, but a colleague in Chicago speaks highly of him. Pellant replaces Wade Taylor, who held the position for the past three years and whose contract wasn’t renewed after the season.