The Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards are given to the best offensive player by position in each league as determined by a vote of MLB coaches and managers. For a second straight season, the Detroit Tigers had a pair of Sliver Slugger winners.
One was no surprise. AL MVP favorite Miguel Cabrera won the Silver Slugger at third base for a second consecutive season. Despite spending the year hitting second in the batting order, 38-year-old Torii Hunter earned one of the three Silver Sluggers awarded to outfielders.
Cabrera's award was his fifth overall, third as member of the Tigers and and second straight at third base. He's also won a pair of Sliver Sluggers as a Miami Marlin, winning as an outfielder in in 2005 and at third base in 2006. Cabrera's first Sliver Slugger as a Tiger came as a first baseman in 2010.
Cabrera won the AL batting crown for a third straight season, the first right-handed hitter to accomplish the feat since Rogers Hornsby won six straight batting titles from 1920-1926. Cabrera finished second in the AL in home runs and RBIs with 44 and 137 respectively, while leading the majors in hitting at .348, OBP at .442, slugging at .636 and in OPS at 1.078.
The Silver Slugger Award increases Cabrera's already impressive awards haul for 2013. The reigning AL MVP has corralled the Hank Aaron Award as the AL's top hitter, named AL Most Outstanding Player and Player of the Year at the MLB Player's Choice Awards, and won Sporting News MLB Player of the Year.
Hunter took home a Sliver Slugger for just the second time in his 17 year career. His previous win was in 2009, coming as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. The veteran right-fielder hit 304 with 17 home runs and 84 RBIs. Hunter's .304 average was second, .465 slugging fourth, and his .800 OPS sixth overall amongst all AL outfielders who had enough at bats to qualify for the batting title.
The full list of Sliver Slugger winners in each league is below:
1B - Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
2B - Robinson Cano, New York Yankees
3B - Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
SS - J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
OF - Mike Trout, L.A. Angels
OF - Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers
OF - Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
C - Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
DH - David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox
1B - Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2B - Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
3B - Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates
SS - Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals
OF - Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
OF - Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
OF - Jay Bruce, Cincinnati Reds
C - Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
P - Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers