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Silver Slugger for Beltre

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 11, 2010 07:12 PM

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Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre was a Silver Slugger winner in the American League. The award, which goes to the best offensive player at each position, is voted on by the coaches and managers.

The other winners:

C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
OF: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF: Carl Crawford, Rays
OF: Josh Hamilton, Rangers
DH: Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers

This from the Red Sox release:

Beltre earned the award after batting .321 with 28 home runs and 102 RBI for the Red Sox in 2010. The 31 year old led the Majors with 49 doubles and paced Major League third basemen with 79 extra-base hits, including all 28 homers while playing the position, tops in the American League.

A first-time All-Star in 2010, Beltre joined Garrett Atkins (2006) and Miguel Cabrera (2006) as the only Major League third basemen ever to amass 25 home runs and 45 doubles in a single season while posting a batting average of at least .320. Overall, he ranked among AL leaders in batting (4th), multi-hit games (T-5th, 53), hits (T-3rd), total bases (5th, 326), slugging (5th, .553) and RBI (T-10th). It marks his second career Silver Slugger Award, also having received the honor with the Dodgers in 2004.

Boston has been represented on the AL Silver Slugger Team in each of the last 10 seasons beginning in 2001 and Red Sox players have won 33 Silver Sluggers since the award’s inception in 1980. Prior to Beltre, the club’s last third baseman to receive the honor was Bill Mueller in 2003.

NL winners:

1B: Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2B: Dan Uggla, Marlins
3B: Ryan Zimmerman,Nationals
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
OF: Ryan Braun, Brewers
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Matt Holliday, Cardinals
C: Brian McCann, Braves
P: Yovani Gallardo, Brewers

UPDATE, 8:20 p.m.: Did David Ortiz get jobbed?

Ortiz: .270/.370/.529 with 32 homers, 36 doubles and 102 RBIs. OPS+ of 137

Guerrero: .300/.345/.496 with 29 homers, 27 doubles and 115 RBIs. OPS+ of 122

OK, he didn't get jobbed necessarily. But OBP and slugging should count for more than batting average and RBIs. OPS is a pretty good (and simple) stat. David was at .899 and Vlad at .841.

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