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Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the hitters

Sep 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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American League

Batting average
1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .344
2. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .338
3. Michael Young (Tex): .338

Home runs
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): 43
2. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 41
3. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 39

RBI
1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 119
2. Robinson Cano (NYY): 118
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): 117

Runs
1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 136
2. Ian Kinsler (Tex): 121
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (Bos): 119

Steals
1. Coco Crisp (Oak): 49
1. Brett Gardner (NYY): 49
3. Ichiro Suzuki (Sea): 40

OBP
1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .448
2. Jose Bautista (Tor): .447
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .410

Slugging percentage
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): .608
2. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .586
3. Adrian Beltre (Tex): .561

National League

Batting average
1. Jose Reyes (NYM): .337
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): .332
3. Matt Kemp (LAD): .324

Home runs
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 39
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 38
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 37

RBI
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 126
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 120
3. Ryan Howard (Phi): 116

Runs
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 115
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): 109
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 105
3. Justin Upton (Ari): 105

Steals
1. Michael Bourn (Hou-Atl): 61
2. Emilio Bonifacio (Fla): 40
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): 40
2. Cameron Maybin (SDP): 40
2. Drew Stubbs (Cin): 40

OBP
1. Joey Votto (Cin): .416
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): .415
3. Lance Berkman (StL): .412

Slugging percentage
1. Ryan Braun (Mil): .597
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): .586
3. Prince Fielder (Mil): .566

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 29, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Bautista also led the AL in OPS, walks and intentional walks. He missed 13 games due to a couple of minor injuries and the birth of his child. He was the MVP. Sorry Red Sox fans, but Ellesbury did not lead the league in any important category.

    • thefrenchyconnection - Sep 29, 2011 at 10:58 AM

      So hypothetically if a player is 2nd in every category while a variety of other players lead either 1 or two categories that player is not to be considered for an award?

      • hackerjay - Sep 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM

        Of course Ellsbury is only in the top three in one of these categories. What I don’t get is why Miggy isn’t getting more MVP talk. I guess he’s not a nice enough guy to win awards, just like Albert Belle back in the day.

  2. vforleo - Sep 29, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Kemp one hr short of the 40/40 club, i’ll tip my hat to that

  3. artisan3m - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    How anyone can dismiss Michael Young (Rangers) is a mystery. He is the only player who has had to play four different infield positions this season, plus DH. He finished with 212 hits and a .338 average, impressive OBP, and has been steadily consistent since Game 1. A lot of players have “come on” as the season progressed, but Young started “on” and stayed that way all year.

  4. lanflfan - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Hmm, looking at the NL slugging percentage final, I didn’t know LA signed Prince Fielder. Do you know something the rest of us don’t?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:05 PM

      Good catch. Thanks.

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