After batting .320 with 32 home runs and 114 RBIs, Braun became the first Brewer since Paul Molitor, more than two decades ago, to win a Silver Slugger Award in consecutive years. Since 1980, the awards have been given annually to the best offensive player at each position as selected by the Major League Baseball managers and coaches.
NL SILVER SLUGGER AWARDS
|1B||Albert Pujols, Cards||47||135||.327|
|2B||Chase Utley, Phillies||31||93||.282|
|3B||R. Zimmerman, Nats||33||106||.292|
|SS||H. Ramirez, Marlins||24||106||.342|
|OF||Ryan Braun, Brewers||32||114||.320|
|OF||Andre Ethier, Dodgers||31||106||.272|
|OF||Matt Kemp, Dodgers||26||101||.297|
|C||Brian McCann, Braves||21||94||.281|
|P||C. Zambrano, Cubs||4||11||.217|
The specially designed Silver Slugger will be presented to each player by a representative of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., makers of Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, in a ceremony early in the 2010 season. The trophy is three feet tall and bears the engraved name of the winner and his Silver Slugger teammates in his respective league.
|Brewers Silver Sluggers|
|Cecil Cooper||1980||First Base|
|Cecil Cooper||1981||First Base|
|Cecil Cooper||1982||First Base|
|Prince Fielder||2007||First Base|
Before 2005, the Brewers had been shut out in Silver Slugger balloting since 1990, but now they have a winner in four of the past five seasons. Prince Fielder, who was edged at first base for the second straight year by Pujols, won in 2007. Then-Brewers outfielder Carlos Lee was a Silver Slugger in 2005.
Braun's numbers were certainly deserving in 2009. With 203 hits, he became the third Brewer ever to lead his league in that category and the first since Molitor led the AL in 1991. Braun also became the eighth player in Major League history with at least 100 runs, 100 RBIs, 200 hits, 30 homers, 20 stolen bases and a .300 average in the same season.The numbers keep on coming. Braun has 103 home runs in his first three Major League seasons, sixth-most in baseball history behind two active players -- Pujols (114) and the Yankees' Mark Texeira (107) -- and three Hall of Famers -- Ralph Kiner (114), Eddie Matthews (112), Joe DiMaggio (107).
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.