The VORG’s 2017 “Nate Silver Slugger Awards”

Since 1980, Louisville Slugger has given out the “Silver Slugger Award“, described as follows:

The Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards are the top offensive honor in Major League Baseball ®. Coaches and managers of Major League teams vote for the players they feel are the best offensive producers at each position in the field in both the American and National Leagues. They base their selections 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.

Thursday afternoon will be the 2017 version of this.

In 2013, the VORG gave out the first annual “Nate Silver Slugger Award,” bestowed to those batters at each position who came closest to slugging .538 (after Mr. Silver’s data-driven analytics site).

Here are this year’s players who slugged closest to .538 (on either side of it). Ties for the award are given to whichever player has the higher number of plate appearances.  As an aside, no players slugged EXACTLY .538 in 2017.

The envelope please . . .

American League:
Name SLG PA Pos
Gary Sanchez .531 525 C
Justin Smoak .529 637 1B
Eduardo Nunez .539 173 2B
Joey Gallo .537 532 3B
Carlos Correa .550 481 SS
Justin Upton .540 635 OF
Marwin Gonzalez .530 515 OF
Khris Davis .528 652 OF
Nelson Cruz .549 645 DH
National League:
Name SLG PA Pos
Jake Buchanan, Adam Morgan .500 3 P
Kurt Suzuki .536 309 C
Justin Bour .536 429 1B
Daniel Murphy .543 593 2B
Kris Bryant (*) .537 665 3B
Zack Cozart .548 507 SS
Marcell Ozuna .548 679 OF
Jesse Winker .529 137 OF
Yoenis Cespedes (*) .540 321 OF
(*) – also won this award in 2016

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