The Major League Baseball released the winners of the 2011 Silver Slugger Awards. The award is given to the best offensive players in each position voted by coaches and managers. The Silver Slugger was first given 1980. For this year, 9 players earned it for the first time while their were 6 repeat winners from 2010. Here is the list of the 2011 Silver Slugger Awardees:
The Boston Red Sox has 3 Silver Slugger awardees despite not making the playoffs this year. Rivals New York Yankees have 2 representatives. Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbackshave 2 winners each in the National League. Boston’s David
Ortiz and Atlanta’s Brian McCann got their 5th Silver Slugger trophies.
There were also players who deserved the award but got beaten this year. One example is Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera who led the league in batting average. The Tiger’s first baseman and best slugger was outvoted by Adrian Gonzales despite better numbers. Most likely, the voters made up their minds before the late season collapse of the Red Sox. Jose Reyes and Lance Berkman also deserve the award this year unfortunately only player per position is picked.
- Silver Slugger Award winners announced on MLB Network (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- MLB’s top offensive players earn Silver Slugger awards (fanup.wordpress.com)
- Jays’ Bautista awarded Silver Slugger (canada.com)
- 2011 Silver Slugger Awards Included Two New York Yankees (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Avila claims first Silver Slugger Award (mlb.mlb.com)
- McCann first Brave to win five Silver Sluggers (mlb.mlb.com)