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2010 Louisville Slugger® Silver Slugger™ Ballots Distributed

LOUISVILLE, KY (August 26, 2010) –Louisville Slugger® Silver Slugger™ Award ballots are now in the hands of Major League Baseball® managers and coaches and this year could be the most interesting voting for the awards to date.  Skippers and coaching staffs for each Major League team will select the players they feel are the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2010.  Ballots are expected back within the next few weeks. The award winners will be announced at the end of the season.

Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value.  Managers and coaches vote for players in their respective leagues and are not allowed to vote for players on their own team.

Players already being discussed as possibles to win 2010 Silver Slugger awards include:

1st Base-National League 
Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals*
Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers*  
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies*
Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego Padres
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Adam Dunn, Washington Nationals

2nd Base-National League
Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies*
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Martin Prado, Atlanta Braves
Dan Uggla, Florida Marlins

SS-National League
Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins*
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies 
Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies* 
Jose Reyes, New York Mets

3rd Base –National League
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals*        
David Wright, New York Mets*
Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants
Placido Polanco, Philadelphia Phillies
Scott Rolen, Cincinnati Reds
Casey McGehee, Milwaukee Brewers

Catcher-National League                              
Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves*
Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
Ramon Hernandez, Cincinnati Reds
Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs

Outfield-National League                              
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers*
Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals*
Shane Victorino, Philadelphia Phillies
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers*
Carlos Lee, Houston Astros*
Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks
Carlos Beltran, New York Mets
Jayson Werth, Philadelphia Phillies
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
Marlon Byrd, Chicago Cubs
Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers*
Corey Hart, Milwaukee Brewers

Pitchers-National League
Craig Stammen, Washington Nationals
Chris Narveson, Milwaukee Brewers
Tim Hudson, Atlanta Braves
Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds

1st Base-American League 
Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins* 
Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees*
 Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox
Robinson Cano, New York Yankees*

2nd Base-American League
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox*
Aaron Hill, Toronto Blue Jays*
Howard Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels
Brian Roberts, Baltimore Orioles

SS-American League
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees*
Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox
Jason Bartlett, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
Marco Scutaro, Boston Red Sox

3rd Base-American League
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Devil Rays*
Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees*
Adrian Beltre, Boston Red Sox
Michael Young, Texas Rangers

Catcher-American League
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins*
Victor Martinez, Boston Red Sox*
Kurt Suzuki, Oakland Athletics
Mike Napoli, Los Angeles Angels
John Buck, Toronto Blue Jays

Outfield-American League
Bobby Abreu, Los Angeles Angels
Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners*
Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland Indians
Torii Hunter, Los Angeles Angels*
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers*
Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
Delmon Young, Minnesota Twins
Nick Swisher, New York Yankees

DH-American League
David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox*
Adam Lind, Toronto Blue Jays*
Jim Thome, Minnesota Twins

*Indicates a past Silver Slugger winner

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