A season that was a staple in history continues bringing accolades for Cedric Mullins. Finishing third in the Hank Aaron Award vote, Mullins came out on top of the Silver Slugger Awards, winning the first of his young career.
Mullins, who became the first Oriole and the sixth outfielder since 2000 to enter the 30/30 club, was the most offensively dominant outfielder in the American League this past season. He’s the first Oriole to win this award since Mark Trumbo in 2016.
Mullins was tied for the most stolen bases and doubles by an outfielder, but that was just the beginning. He was first in hits (175), extra base hits (72) and total bases (312). Mullins also was tied for the league lead with eight leadoff home runs.
What makes Mullins’ season even more impressive was that two years ago, he had fallen from starting as the Opening Day center fielder to Double-A Bowie by season’s end. This was a story that also included him being a finalist for Comeback Player of the Year.
One of Mullins’ biggest changes was dropping switch hitting to be a strictly left-handed hitter. This helped Mullins reach a .360 on-base percentage and helped set the stage for the O’s lineup.
A career-year, indeed, Mullins is collecting new hardware for his accomplishments. A center piece in the Orioles’ rebuild, Mullins is now collecting the hardware to showcase his individual talents that will make him a leader for this O’s team.
The Baltimore Battery congratulates Cedric on this accomplishment, and we can’t wait to see what happens next in his career!
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