For BMO fans the year 2060 saw the introduction of the Silver Slugger award (AL only this time around). Louisville Slugger seems to define the award as overall offensive value but then includes no advanced metrics in the criteria. With the limited time, I attempted to use one advanced metric (wOBA) to help when the decision wasn't obvious with traditional ones. Here are the winners:
Catcher - Marcus Cepeda, OAK (.294/.394/.491)
First Base - Rafael Baron, LAA (.309/.403/.561)
Second Base - Jesper Bonacorsi, NYY (.293/.386/.603)
Third Base - Travis Mehozonek, OAK (.335/.399/.587)
Shortstop - Efrain Velloso, TOR (.310/.371./.488)
Left Field - Laura Santarelli, NYY (.298/.384/.583)
Center Field - Matthew Sprague, DET (.303/.383/.506)
Right Field - Terrell Ferich, MIN (.318/.372/.620)
Designated Hitter - Gary Cole, MIN (.295/.396/.607)
First and Third were the positions I had the hardest time with. In both cases there was a player with a lower average and on base percentage but they slugged more. In real life it wouldn't be difficult to see the slugger being picked for the award. There were also several corner outfielders that had really good seasons. I wouldn't be surprised to see James Cavanaugh win one of the corner outfield spots next year with a full season in the AL.
In 2060 Baltimore defeated the Cubs to win their first Series since 2029. They are off to a strong start in 2061 leading the East at the end of May. New York and Boston seem to have teams that can keep up with them and it should be a close race. Kansas City and Detroit have an early lead in the Central. Will they be able to hold off Minnesota? Out in the West, Oakland and Texas are the early front runners. With a new owner in Seattle I would imagine it is only a matter of time before they are in the mix.
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