• Mauer Wins Fifth Silver Slugger Award

    On Wednesday night, Twins catcher Joe Mauer was presented the American League Silver Slugger Award for catcher. He had previously won the award in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

    Joe Mauer played in 113 games for the Twins in 2013. He hit .324/.404/.476 (.880). That represents an OPS+ of 144. He hit 35 doubles, 11 homers, drove in 47 RBI. He also walked 61 times. Carlos Santana was the next highest OPS for an AL catcher, at .832. Even with missing the final five or six weeks, Mauer's WAR of 5.4 was a point higher than Santana's 4.4. Salvador Perez was at 4.1 WAR.

    With his fifth Silver Slugger, only Mike Piazza (10), Ivan Rodriguez (7) and Lance Parrish (6) have more... Brian McCann, Gary Carter and Jorge Posada each have won five as well.

    Former Twins that have won the 2013 Silver Slugger Award include: David Ortiz, Torii Hunter, JJ Hardy and Michael Cuddyer.

    Photo by Betsy Bissen
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mauer Wins Fifth Silver Slugger Award started by Seth Stohs View original post
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    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      Another little nugget on him. He is currently the active leader in batting avg after Pujols bad year. Top three active by avg:

      Mauer .323
      Pujols .321
      Cabrera .3208

      And with some upcoming retirements, he's 3rd in OBP behind Votto and Pujols.
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