MLB Silver Slugger Awards 2012: Grades, Snubs for Every Position

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MLB Silver Slugger Awards 2012: Grades, Snubs for Every Position
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Did Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown also earn him a Silver Slugger?

MLB announced its Silver Slugger Awards on Thursday, which go to the best offensive player at each position.

They're sort of like little MVP awards for those who may have not put together a strong enough overall season to win the big prize for the top player in each league. But Silver Sluggers still allow players to be measured against their peers at the same position. Gold Gloves reward defense but offense deserves recognition as well. 

At the very least, offensive stats are easier to judge than defensive metrics, which can vary wildly from season to season and haven't proven to be entirely reliable in single-season samples. Wins above replacement could factor into Silver Slugger selections, but it's usually about who hit for the highest average and slugged the most home runs. 

Coaches and managers select the Silver Slugger winners and are restricted from voting for players on their own team. So did the voters reward the right guys or were there some egregious snubs? Let's take a look. 

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