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The Silver Slugger Awards are announced

Nov 8, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

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This year’s Silver Slugger Award winners are being unveiled tonight during a one-hour special on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American League and National League and is voted on by coaches and managers. We’ll run the winners down here as they are announced.

American League

Third base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels; Josh Hamilton, Rangers; Josh Willingham, Twins

Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox

First base: Prince Fielder, Tigers

Shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yankees

Second base: Robinson Cano, Yankees

Designated hitter: Billy Butler, Royals

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National League

Third base: Chase Headley, Padres

Outfield: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Jay Bruce, Reds; Ryan Braun, Brewers

Catcher: Buster Posey, Giants

First base: Adam LaRoche, Nationals

Shortstop: Ian Desmond, Nationals

Second base: Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks

Pitcher: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

  1. shynessismyelguapo - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    “Jay Bruce???

    Signed,

    Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Gonzalez

    • paperlions - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

      You can add about 10 more players to that list. Just very, very strange.

    • scatterbrian - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Among NL OFs, Bruce was third in slugging percentage and second in HRs.

      • schlom - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:59 PM

        Maybe the Stanton vote got split between Giancarlo and Mike? Wasn’t he first in both those categories?

      • shynessismyelguapo - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        …and ranked behind Holliday, Beltran, Stanton and Gonzalez in OPS.
        …in a hitters park.

      • thereisaparty - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        Stanton’s wOBA was 6th best among all players in MLB (Braun 3rd, McCutchen 7th). If wRC+ is more your thing, just switch McCutchen and Stanton. Jay Bruce, meanwhile had the 53rd best wOBA and 60th best wRC+.

        NL OF with a higher wRC+ than Jay Bruce (119) – min 500PA: Braun, McCutchen, Stanton, Me. Cabrera, Holliday, Beltran, Ethier, Fowler, Jones, Car. Gonzalez, Harper, Heyward

        Why is this award even voted on?

      • scatterbrian - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:20 AM

        “…voted on by coaches and managers.”

        …who are very likely not paying attention to Fangraphs or stats that don’t show up in a newspaper. That’s why I pointed out Bruce’s rank in SLG and HRs.

  2. 13arod - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    i don’t know what is so specal about andrew

  3. historiophiliac - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Miggy!!!!

  4. uyf1950 - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    Jeter just added $1.5MM to his 2014 $8MM player option with the Yankees. That’s the amount of incentive for winning the Silver Slugger Award in any of the years under his contract.

    • historiophiliac - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      I sense a basket upgrade…

  5. missthemexpos - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Does Derek Jeter take more pride in his Silver Slugger awards or his Rawling Gold Glove awards?

  6. sunsation3413 - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Glad to see Aaron Hill get some recognition. He had a great year.

  7. proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    Billy Butler over Edwin Encarnacion? How strange!

    • proudlycanadian - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:34 PM

      EE 42 HR, 110 RBI, 84 BB, .280 BA, .384 OBP, .557 Slug, .941 OPS
      BB 29 HR, 107 RBI, 54 BB, .313 BA, .373 OBP, .510 Slug, .882 OPS
      CF 30 HR, 108 RBI, 85 BB, .313 BA, .412 OBP, .528 Slug, .940 OPS

      Encarnacion split time between DH and First Base, but was clearly, a better slugger than Butler last season and was on a par with Fielder.

      • philliesblow - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM

        CF? Didn’t realize Cecil was still playing.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 9, 2012 at 7:37 AM

        Got me

  8. paperlions - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    LaRoche over Craig is also strange. Craig was quite a bit better.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      LaRoche — .271/.343/.510 (.853 OPS), 128 OPS+
      Craig — .307/.354/.522 (.876 OPS), 137 OPS+

      Yes, Craig had better numbers. However, LaRoche played in 154 games, Craig 119. I rather suspect the voters took that into account.

      Even if you argued that Craig should be rewarded for having better pro-rated stats, your Cards bias blinds you to the obvious choice — someone who didn’t even qualify for the batting championship:

      Votto — 111 G, .337/.474/.567 (1.041 OPS), 174 OPS+

  9. bla bla bla - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Chase Headley: .286 .376 .498 .875

    Aramis Ramirez: .300 .360 .540 .901

    How does Headley win this?

    • bla bla bla - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      You can thumbs down my post all you want… it won’t change the numbers.

      • kkolchak - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:18 PM

        Okay, we will.

    • dondada10 - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      Petco vs. Miller Park. That’s why Headley wins.

    • thereisaparty - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Park factor, as seen in the higher wRC+ (145 to 142, despite having a lower wOBA by 6pts). Better counting stats, from more PA. OPS gives too little weight to BB and doesn’t actually add anything. The award is voted upon by players and managers. Need any more reasons?

    • schlom - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Seriously? You read and comment on this site and don’t understand park effects?

  10. joshnorman - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Headley put up those numbers in PETCO, which is one of, if not the toughest place to hit in baseball.
    Headley’s OPS+ was 144, compared to Ramirez’s 137.

    • joshnorman - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      and that was supposed to be a reply to bla bla bla…

  11. natsattack - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    3 Nats!

  12. rockthered1286 - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    This award is fairly pointless. You can move your top 3 hitters in the bigs to pretty much any position and they’ll win this award regardless. Gold gloves are actually effected by your defense and therefore directly related to your position.

    • thereisaparty - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:39 PM

      Slightly agree. Who cares that Jeter is the best hitting SS when he is clearly (at least one of) the worst fielding SS? But Gold Gloves are pretty damn pointless too.

  13. iamjimmyjack - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Mike Trout. MVP. Rookie of the year. Silver slugger. Gold glover. Angel for life.

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