Celebrate the 2015 American League Silver Sluggers with some of their best dingers
Winning the Silver Slugger is a great award for a number of reasons. Namely:
1. You have earned respect as a great hitter all across the league.
2. You have a cool trophy that you can display in place of that "French"-style poster you bought in college and have yet to replace.
3. If werewolves attack, you can defend yourself with the silver bat.
But getting one is difficult and arduous -- only coming after proving your mettle by blasting massive shots against the league's hardest pitchers. With the awarding of the 2015 Silver Slugger Awards, here are this year's champions of strength showing off their worth. (As for the Senior Circuit, you can check out those winners here.)
C: Brian McCann
Not only did McCann top the 20-home run mark for the eighth straight year, he set a career in home runs along the way.
1B: Miguel Cabrera
At first glance, you may have thought that Cabrera had a down year in 2015. After all, he hit only 18 home runs, his fewest since his half-season debut with the Marlins in 2003. But then you'd be missing the lumber for the trees, or whatever that saying means. Cabrera won another batting title with a .338 average while also leading the league in OBP with a .440 mark.
Even when he's not sure if he's drawn said walk.
2B: Jose Altuve
Jose Altuve cannot be stopped. After defying scouts on his trip through the Minors, Altuve has only continued to improve. After winning the batting title in 2014, Altuve more than doubled his home run output while still leading the league in steals for a second straight season.
That included his first career walk-off, no less.
SS: Xander Bogaerts
After hitting .240 in 2014, Bogaerts raised his average to .320, leading all shortstops by 40 points. Naturally, that included a Little League home run.
3B: Josh Donaldson
Honestly, who else could you expect here? Donaldson, man bun and all, led the league in runs and RBIs, while also attacking the heavens as he topped 40 home runs for the first time in his career.
I don't know Canadian constitutional law, but I believe that makes him a Canadian citizen now.
OF: Mike Trout
Ho-hum. Another year, another season in which Trout ruled Major League Baseball with an iron fist. Trout led the league in slugging and OPS for the first time in his career, topping the 40 HR plateau for the first time, too.
Of course, that doesn't include his leadoff home run in the All-Star Game, either.
At this rate, Trout will become pure energy by the year 2032.
OF: J.D. Martinez
Two years ago, Martinez was released by the Astros after struggling for three years at the big league level. All he's done since then is hit 61 home runs over the last two seasons, including a remarkable 38 in 2015 as he went to his first All-Star Game along the way.
OF: Nelson Cruz
One year after leading the league with 40 home runs, Cruz moved to the spacious outfield of Safeco Field and decided to blast 44. That number includes 10 homers in April and an absurd 12 in August. Yeah, he earned this one.