Today’s award is the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award, given to the best offensive performance at each position. It is chosen by coaches and managers, the same people that chose the 2010 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, so once again the award is totally meaningless as an indicator of actual abilities of the player, as the thought process that went into filling out the ballot was less than a few minutes or the voters were from the same group that couldn’t deal with the butterfly ballot in Florida in 2000.
The actual voting rules state that “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. Managers and coaches are not allowed to vote for players on their own team.”
“General impression” ? Mercy! I already sense a Derek Jeter intangibles-based selection at the American League shortstop position!
What measure of offensive should a voter use? An excellent example of a straightforward numeric procedure of choice is the one used by Nick Scala in his Charleston Gazette blog. .Nick used OPS+ (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage, adjusted by ballpark and league factors), which encompasses the batting criteria in the voting rules and improves on them.
Scala made adjustments regarding playing time for a complete season which kept Buster Posey from being his NL catcher’s selection and did the same at DH in the American League by choosing David Ortiz over Luke Scott
By OPS+ , the Silver Slugger winners for 2010 are:
C – Joe Mauer.
1B – Miguel Cabrera
2B -Robinson Cano
SS – Alexei Ramirez
3B – Evan Longoria
OF – Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista and Sin-Soo Choo
DH – David Ortiz
C – Brian McCann
1B – Joey Votto.
2B – Dan Uggla.
SS – Troy Tulowitzki
3B – Ryan Zimmerman.
OF – Matt Holliday, Jayson Werth and Carlos Gonzalez .
P – Dan Haren
Let’s see if the coaches and managers disgrace themselves again tonight.
If you cannot wait until the press release makes its way through the web, the MLB Network is broadcasting the award announcement live starting at 6pm