Congratulations to Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and left fielder Matt Holliday who have won National League Silver Slugger Awards.
... Even though some people in southern Ohio are whining that they somehow think the best player in baseball doesn't deserve the honor.
One report I read said the award, which is given to the player at each position deemed to have had the best year at the plate went to Pujols even thought Cincinnati first sacker "Joey Votto clearly had a better year."
We in St. Louis tend to get more than a little demanding when it comes to Pujols because we're used to seasons of .350 batting averages, 35 homers and 120 RBIs. So, in a year when offense is down across the major leagues, his .312 batting average might seem a little bit un-Pujolsian. But that was good enough for sixth in the National League. And might I remind the pouters that Pujols' 42 homers and 118 RBIs led the senior circuit.
It would seem to me that it's pretty hard to argue that someone was clearly better than a player who led his leagues in two two most prominent power stats while still maintaining a top six batting average.
For the record, Pujols was also second in the NL in on base percentage, .414; third in slugging percentage, .596 and first in wins above replacement at 7.2.
Votto led Pujols with a .324 batting average and with a 4.24 on base percentage. He also edged Pujols with a .600 slugging percentage. But let's remember the ballparks where these dudes play.
Cincinnati's ballpark is amongst the friendliest to hitters in the NL while Busch Stadium is amongst the most neutral in the majors.
Both players had great seasons. But let's not pretend that Pujols isn't deserving of accolades.
The Silver Slugger is Pujols' sixth -- and he's won them at three different positions, first base, third base and in the outfield.
Holliday's Silver Slugger is his fourth.