ST. PETERSBURG -- Prior to the start of Sunday's game against the Angels, Rays first baseman Carlos Pena received his 2007 American League Silver Slugger Award, presented by Louisville Slugger, on the field.
The award recognizes the top offensive producers at each position in each league. Winners are determined by Major League Baseball coaches and managers. Selection is based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, as well as general impressions of a player's overall offensive value to his team.
Pena, who had never won a Silver Slugger, became the first member of the Rays to win one.
Pena, 29, thundered through the second half of the season, hitting 29 of his 46 home runs from July through September and finishing with 13 in the final month of the season. In addition, Pena brought a positive influence to the clubhouse and became a fan favorite at Tropicana Field.
After missing three-fourths of the 2005 and '06 seasons, Pena came back strong in '07, finishing the season among the top 10 in five statistical categories: fourth in home runs with 46, sixth in RBIs with 121, ninth in on-base percentage at .411, second in slugging percentage at .627 and seventh in walks with 103.
Originally told that he would not make the Rays' 2007 roster, Pena returned home to Orlando, Fla., before receiving the call that began his comeback. He went on to set Tampa Bay's single-season records in homers, RBIs and walks, and became just the 11th player in AL history to have 100 walks, 45 homers and 120 RBIs in a single season.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.