Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was named to his fifth consecutive Silver Slugger team over the weekend. The award, first started by Louisville Slugger in 1980, is given to the best offensive player at each position in the National and American Leagues, and is an off-shoot of the Silver Bat Award, which recognizes the best batters in each league. This year's Silver Bats went to the Giants Buster Posey, who managed a .336 average, and the Tigers Miguel Cabrera.
With his latest award, Braun extended his five-time-streak to the longest of any currently active player in the majors. He has tied Barry Bonds record for most consecutive Silver Slugger awards by a National League outfielder, as Bonds accomplished the feat between 2000 and 2004.
As for this season's eighteen-man winning roster, chosen by coaches and managers from each league, Braun and the Yankees Derek Jeter are the only pair with as many as five honors under their belts. Ten players were named for the first time in their careers, including Posey.
Fielder Silver Slugger As Well
Braun's former teammate, first baseman Prince Fielder, garnered his third career Silver Slugger, and his first in the American League. He and fellow Tiger Cabrera are the only teammates on the American League win-list, besides Jeter and Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. The Washington Nationals are the only team to have more than one player win an award this year for the National League, as first baseman Adam LaRoche, shortstop Ian Desmond, and pitcher Stephen Strasburg were all recognized.
Braun's league-leading forty-one home runs, 356 bases, and .987 on-base plus slugger percentage also netted him a GIBBY nomination in 2012, as well as his second consecutive National League Most Valuable Player nomination.