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Who Will Win the Coveted Hitting Awards This Year?

LOUISVILLE, KY – (August 2013) - The MLB® regular season is winding down, but award season is heating up, and it’s time to determine the best offensive players in the game this year. The 2013 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Ballots are now in the hands of MLB managers and coaches, and all that’s left is to collect the votes to conclude who will win the coveted award for offensive talent in the American and National Leagues.

Here's how it works: each Major League® team receives blank ballots from Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of MLB. Clubs get four votes each and are asked to select the players they feel are the best offensive producers at each position in their league. 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. While managers and coaches vote for players in their respective leagues, they are not allowed to vote for players on their own teams. Votes are affirmed by a third party, the independent accounting firm of Mountjoy Chilton Medley. For the fifth consecutive year, award winners will be announced in a special one-hour Silver Slugger Awards telecast on MLB Network the first week of November.

The Silver Slugger Awards are the most prestigious offensive awards in Major League Baseball. Louisville Slugger created them in 1980 as a natural extension of the Silver Bat Award, which is presented to the batting champions in the AL and NL.

Below are players who are already generating buzz of possibly winning 2013 Silver Slugger awards:

1st Base – American League Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers*
James Loney, Tampa Bay Rays
Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

1st Base – National League Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
Allen Craig, St. Louis Cardinals
Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks>
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

2nd Base – American League Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox*
Robinson Cano, New York Yankees*
Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels
Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians

2nd Base – National League Marco Scutaro, San Francisco Giants>
Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds*
Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

3rd Base – American League Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers*
Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers*
Josh Donaldson, Oakland Athletics
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays*

3rd Base – National League Chris Johnson, Atlanta Braves
David Wright, New York Mets*
Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks
Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates

SS – American League J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles
Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics
Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox*

SS – National League Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies*
Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals*
Hanley Ramirez, Los Angeles Dodgers*

C – American League Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins*
Jason Castro, Houston Astros
A.J. Pierzynski, Texas Rangers*
Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians

C – National League Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants*
Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
Wilin Rosario, Colorado Rockies

Outfield – American League Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels*
Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers*
Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox*

Outfield – National League Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates*
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies*
Carlos Beltran, St. Louis Cardinals*

DH – American League David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox*
Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals*
Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers*
Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays (Encarnacion is hailed as a Silver Slugger contender for his position at first base, as well.)

P – National League Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs
Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers
Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Rockies
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers*

*Indicates a past Silver Slugger winner

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