Braun and Fielder Win 2011 Silver Slugger Awards

Ryan Braun didn’t win a Gold Glove last night, but today Braun won his fourth consecutive Silver Slugger Award.  Prince Fielder was also awarded a Silver Slugger Award for the second time in his career.  The awards were just announced on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American and National League.  The award is voted on by MLB managers.

Braun was named Team MVP on Monday, had one of the best offensive seasons in team history.  Braun led the NL in slugging percentage (.597) and extra-base hits (77) and was among the leaders in batting average (2nd, .332), total bases (2nd, 336), runs (2nd, 109), RBI (4th, 111), doubles (T4th, 38), hits (5th, 187), on-base percentage (5th, .397), home runs (T6th, 33) and stolen bases (7th, 33).

Fielder also had one of his most productive seasons in his career, playing all 162 games and was among the National League leaders in home runs (2nd, 38), RBI (2nd, 120), walks (2nd, 107), on-base percentage (2nd, .415), slugging percentage (3rd, .566), total bases (3rd, 322), extra-base hits (T3rd, 75), runs (T7th, 95) and doubles (T9th, 36).

Braun now has more Silver Slugger Awards than any other Brewers player in team history.  Robin Yount won the award three times in his career (1980, SS; 1982, SS; 1989, OF).  With two awards in 2011, Brewers players have won a total of 18 Silver Slugger Awards in team history.  The award was first handed out in 1980.

Last year, Braun won the award along with Pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo receive their 2010 Silver Slugger Awards from Brewers Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.

Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo receive their 2010 Silver Slugger Awards from Brewers Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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