ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- After 12 seasons in the majors, Adam Wainwright is still earning career firsts.
Thursday, the 36-year-old veteran took home a piece of hardware he had been chasing for years: A Silver Slugger.
Wainwright has won two Gold Gloves, but had yet to top the leaderboard for the sweetest swing among pitchers.
He begins every spring camp the same, proclaiming he’ll win the award after years of coming up short.
In 2017, he finally proved prescient.
Wainwright hit .262 and slugged an impressive .452, belting two homers, two doubles and driving in 11 runs.
Those numbers are actually less impressive than his 2016 campaign, when he hit seven doubles and a triple to go with two homers and 17 RBI. He lost to Jake Arrieta that season.
This year his average (and perhaps a long absence by perennial contender Madison Bumgarner) carried him to the top of the heap.