He may, or may not, have been snubbed for a Gold Glove last night, but Asdrubal Cabrera received his first Silver Slugger Award this evening. The award was just announced on MLB Network.
Cabrera had a breakout season in 2011 at the plate, hitting .273 with 25 home runs and 92 runs batted in, with 17 stolen bases. All marks, except his batting average, were career highs. Cabrera’s power increase could be attributed to a suggestion Orlando Cabrera made in Spring Training when he realized that Asdrubal regularly drove the ball out of the park during batting practice. Orlando suggested that Asdrubal try to hit the ball out of the park at least once a game.
The suggestion paid off when Asdrubal got off to a hot start, hitting five home runs in both April and May. Cabrera had only hit 18 homers in his career before hitting 25 this season. With injuries all around him, Cabrera moved into the third spot by June and became a cornerstone of the offense.
Cabrera’s offensive accomplishments are the best by an Indians shortstop since Lou Boudreau in 1948.
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