Originally posted on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 11/10/12
In the National League Silver Slugger Awards announced Thursday night, the St. Louis Cardinals were shut out for the second consecutive season. At catcher, San Francisco’s Buster Posey took the honor, beating Yadier Molina and others. In the NL outfield, Carlos Beltran (three-time winner) and Matt Holliday (four-time winner) missed out as Ryan Braun, Andrew McCutchen and Jay Bruce took the 2012 hardware. In a head-scratcher, the latter, from the NL Central-champion Cincinnati Reds, received his first nod. Let’s look at a summary of the 2012 numbers put up by Bruce and the Cardinals duo. 2012 HR RBI BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Bruce 34 99 0.252 0.327 0.514 0.841 118 Beltran 32 97 0.269 0.346 0.495 0.842 128 Holliday 27 102 0.295 0.379 0.497 0.877 138 Apparently, the voting managers and coaches are like chicks, in that they dig the long ball. With the exception of Bruce’s 34 home runs and the associated bump in slugging, Beltran – and especially Holliday – clearly had a better
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