St. Louis Cardinals All-Stars - first baseman Albert Pujols and left fielder Matt Holliday - were voted to the Louisville Slugger National League Silver Slugger team for batting excellence in an announcement made Thursday night on the Major League Baseball Network.
Pujols, the N.L. home run (42) and RBI (118) leader, was selected for his club-record 6th Silver Slugger award and his 3rd-straight (2008-10). Albert tied Holliday for the team lead in batting (.312, T5th in N.L.) this season and compiled his 6th-straight “team” Triple Crown - his 9th in 10 seasons.
Pujols led the league in RBI for the first time in his career and paced the senior circuit in homers for a 2nd-straight season, joining Mark McGwire (1998-99) and Johnny Mize (1939-40) as the only Cardinals to have won consecutive N.L. home run titles.
Albert’s five previous Silver Slugger selections came in 2001 (third base), 2003 (outfield), and in 2004, 2008-09 as first baseman.
Pujols, who earned his 2nd Rawlings Gold Glove award Wednesday, becomes just the seventh Cardinal to win “Silver and Gold” in the same year, joining Jim Edmonds (2004), Edgar Renteria (2002-03), Scott Rolen (2002), Ozzie Smith (1987), Willie McGee (1985) and Keith Hernandez (1980).
Holliday, in his first full season with the Cardinals, finished among N.L. leaders in batting (.312, T5th), hits (186, 3rd), RBI (103, T7th) and doubles (45, T2nd) and he had a league-best 50 RBI with two outs.
Holliday won Silver Slugger awards in three consecutive seasons (2006-08) with the Colorado Rockies. He’s the first Cardinals left fielder since Pujols in 2003 to win the award.
The Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger awards are voted on by managers and coaches from each league prior to the conclusion of the regular season.