Miami BBWAA hands out hardware on Saturday

Miami BBWAA hands out hardware on Saturday

Miami BBWAA hands out hardware on Saturday
MIAMI -- A quartet of Marlins were honored on the field shortly before first pitch Saturday.

Giancarlo Stanton, Donovan Solano, Jose Reyes and Justin Ruggiano all received awards from the Miami chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America to commemorate their respective seasons.

Stanton earned team MVP honors for his prodigious season at the plate. The Marlins' lone All-Star selection was batting .286 with a career-high 35 home runs entering Saturday. Despite missing 39 games this season due to injuries and knee surgery, Stanton owns the second-highest home runs total in team history, behind Gary Sheffield's 42 in 1996.

"Besides the injuries I've progressed a lot as a hitter," Stanton said. "I didn't have that extra month to stay consistent and complete the whole season consistent, but for the time I was on the field I liked how I progressed from last year."

Solano, who has impressed manager Ozzie Guillen throughout the season, took home team Rookie of the Year honors. He was hitting .294 entering Saturday, and has filled in nicely since taking over at second base earlier in the season, raising the question of whether he could be the team's everyday second baseman next year.

Ruggiano, acquired in late May in a Minor League trade with the Astros, earned the team's Jeff Conine "Mr. Marlin" award. Ruggiano has been a pleasant surprise for the Marlins, hitting .313 with 13 homers in 91 games.

In his first season with the Marlins, Reyes earned the Miami chapter of the BBWAA's Charlie Hough "Good Guy" award, which goes to the player who has been most accommodating to the media members covering the team.