You would think that with a team of Albert Pujols, Larry Walker, Jim Edmonds and Scott Rolen, that annual Silver Slugger Awards would be heaped upon this team. Not the case.
The only St. Louis Cardinal to win one of the coveted Silver Slugger Award this season, was Cardinal pitcher, Jason Marquis, who will take home the National League Silver Slugger Award honors for offensive excellence at his position.
Marquis batted .310 with eight doubles, one homer and 10 RBIs in 87 at-bats this season
Marquis' teammate, Albert Pujols lost out to Chicago's Derrick Lee. Pujols had more RBIs than Lee (117-107) But trailed him in average (.335-.330) and home runs (46-41).
Pujols had the higher on-base percentage (.430-.418) but Lee had the higher slugging percentage (.662-.609).
Winners of the award were picked by major league managers and coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. Selections for each position were based on a combination of offensive statistics, such as batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as impressions of a player's offensive value.
The awards are given annually by Hillerich & Bradsby Co., the maker of Louisville Slugger bats, who have presented the awards each year since 1980.
The Silver Slugger Award trophies will be presented to each player by a representative of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. in a ceremony early in the 2006 season. The trophy is three feet tall and bears the engraved name of the winner along with his Silver Slugger teammates in his respective league.