The New York Yankees middle infielders have been recognized for their hitting prowess for the 2012 season.
Shortstop Derek Jeter and second baseman Robinson Cano were each honored with the Silver Slugger Award on Thursday. The awards are given to the best offensive players at each position in the American and National Leagues and are based on voting by managers and coaches from each league. The Yankees have had more then one player receive the award for seven consecutive years.
The Captain garnered his fifth award and only trails Alex Rodriguez (seven) and Cal Ripken Jr. (eight) among American League shortstops since the award started in 1980. Jeter had the most hits in the Major Leagues with 216 and finished fifth in batting average at .316. Derek hit 15 home runs and .792 OPS, his highest marks since 2009 and 32 doubles his most since 2007.
Cano's award was his fourth and third consecutive in a year where he led all Major League second baseman in games played (161), batting average (.313), home runs (33), RBIs (94) and doubles (48). Robinson posted career highs in OPS (.929), slugging percentage (.550) and total bases (345).
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