Now Batting: MLB's 2015 Silver Sluggers

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The MLB awards hits just keep coming — in this case, literally. Last night, Major League Baseball and Louisville Slugger announced the winners of the 2015 Silver Slugger honors.

The silver bats are voted on by MLB managers and coaches and awarded to players who excel offensively at their position. 

There are lots of familiar names in this lineup. But there are also eight first-time recipients: Xander Bogaerts, Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz, J.D. Martinez, Kendrys Morales, Dee Gordon, Brandon Crawford, and Bryce Harper.

Here's the complete winners list, along with their stat lines, followed by a highlight reel showing these big bats in action:

American League:

1B: Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers — .338 BA, 18 HR, .974 OPS
2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros — .313 BA, 15 HR, .812 OPS
SS: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox — .320 BA, 196 H, 81 RBI
3B: Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays — .297 BA, 41 HR, 123 RBI
C: Brian McCann, New York Yankees — .232 BA, 26 HR, 94 RBI
OF: Mike Trout, LA Angels of Anaheim — .299 BA, 41 HR, 90 RBI, .991 OPS
OF: Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners — .302 BA, 44 HR, 93 RBI, .936 OPS
OF: J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers — .282 BA, 38 HR, 102 RBI, .879 OPS
DH: Kendrys Morales, Kansas City Royals — .290 BA, 22 HR, 106 RBI, .847 OPS

National League:

1B: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks — .321 BA, 33 HR, 110 RBI, 1.005 OPS
2B: Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins — .333 BA, 205 H, 58 SB
SS: Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants — .256 BA, 21 HR, 84 RBI
3B: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies — .287 BA, 42 HR, 130 RBI, .898 OPS
C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants — .318 BA, 19 HR, 95 RBI, .849 OPS
OF: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals — .330 BA, 42 HR, 99 RBI, 1.109 OPS
OF: Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates — .292 BA, 23 HR, 96 RBI, .889 OPS
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies — .271 BA, 40 HR, 97 RBI, .864 OPS
P: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants — .247 BA, 5 HR, 19 H, .743 OPS




In case you missed it, the 2015 Gold Glove winners and Defensive Players of the Year were also announced this week. But next week is the big one for MLB awards: AL and NL Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, and MVP winners will be revealed starting Monday.


Photos: Major League Baseball

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