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2011 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger™ Ballots Distributed

LOUISVILLE, KY (September 6, 2011) – Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award ballots are now in the hands of Major League Baseball® managers and coaches. 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 2011. Ballots are expected back within the next few weeks. For the third year in a row, the award winners will be announced live on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 2.

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, but are not allowed to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger Award was instituted by Louisville Slugger in 1980 as a natural extension of the Silver Bat Award, which is presented to the batting champions in the AL and NL. These awards are the most prestigious offensive awards in Major League Baseball.

Players already being discussed as possible winners of the 2011 Silver Slugger awards include:

1st Base – American League
Adrian Gonzalez, Boston
Casey Kotchman, Tampa Bay Rays
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers*
Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox

1st Base – National League
Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
Prince Fielder, Milwaukee Brewers*
Todd Helton, Colorado Rockies*

2nd Base – American League
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox*
Robinson Cano, New York Yankees*
Howard Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays

2nd Base – National League
Darwin Barney, Chicago Cubs
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates
Omar Infante, Florida Marlins

SS – American League
Jhonny Peralta, Detroit Tigers
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees*
Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians
Yunel Escobar, Toronto Blue Jays

SS – National League
Jose Reyes, New York Mets*
Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies*
Jamey Carroll, Los Angeles Dodgers

Outfield – American League
Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays*
Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox
Melky Cabrera, Kansas City Royals
Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers*

Outfield – National League
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers*
Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers*
Hunter Pence, Philadelphia Phillies
Shane Victorino, Philadelphia Phillies
Matt Holliday, St. Louis Cardinals*

*Indicates a past Silver Slugger winner

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Louisville Slugger® is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball and is a name that is synonymous with America's pastime. Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats have graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball history, including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron, to name just a few. Stars of today also swing Louisville Slugger bats, including Alex Rodriguez, Dustin Pedroia, Jim Thome, David Wright and Joey Votto. Louisville Slugger also makes TPX® baseball equipment for college, high school and youth players, as well as TPS® equipment for slow-pitch and fastpitch softball players. Louisville Slugger is a brand of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a fifth-generation family-owned business that also owns and operates Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and makes PowerBilt® golf clubs and Bionic® Gloves for a variety of sports and hobbies.

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