They were the best of the best with the sticks at their positions. Mashers in every sense of the word, regardless of how proficient they were with the leather.
Expect some familiar faces to walk away with the National League Silver Slugger Awards, but even perennial winners like Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, face challenges. Cincinnati's Joey Votto will make a run at Pujols, while Giants rookie Buster Posey is in the mix at catcher. Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla could set the voting on its ear.
The Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in the National League in 2010. Both the AL and NL winners will be announced on MLB Network, with a simulcast on MLB.com, on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.
Selections were based 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 were not allowed to vote for players on their own team.
There's no shortage of big names to choose from, so who gets your votes? Is it possible to separate Pujols and Votto at first base? Did the rookie in San Francisco, Posey, do enough at the plate to seize the award at catcher from a veteran winner in McCann? The outfield is stacked with big names and big numbers, but what three players stand above the others on offense? You tell us.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.