Silver Slugger Award: Winners and Snubs

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Some of the Los Angeles Dodgers Louisville Silver Slugger Awards are displayed inside Dodger Stadium before game two of the National League Division Series on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Some of the Los Angeles Dodgers Louisville Silver Slugger Awards are displayed inside Dodger Stadium before game two of the National League Division Series on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 01: Charlie Blackmon
DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 01: Charlie Blackmon /

Center Field

Silver Sluggers Award: George Springer, Houston Astros and Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies

Who deserved to win? Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels and Blackmon

To qualify for rate stats, a player needs 502 PA. Trout cleared that mark with 5 to spare. Having done so, he led the AL with a .442 OBP, .629 SLG, 1.071 OPS, and 181 wRC+. He finished fifth in the league in bWAR despite missing 48 games. With a full season, he would’ve almost certainly won another MVP award. Springer’s 140 wRC+ in 629 PA is impressive, but 75% of Trout is still superior to 100% of any other center fielder.

The NL Silver Slugger is much less contentious. Blackmon led all National Leaguers in BA (.331), TB (387), H (213), R (137), 3B (14), and PA (725). No other center fielder was even close to him in any offensive category.

Right Field

Silver Slugger Award: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees and Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

Who deserved to win? Ben Gamel, Seattle Mariners and Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves (KIDDING!)

Aaron Judge hit 52 of these:

Giancarlo Stanton hit 59 of these:

Moving along.