These Are Your Silver Sluggers

True story: The Romans, who were way ahead of their time in almost every regard, were incredible miners. They mechanized the mining process long before anyone else, inventing technologies that allowed them to extract silver from lead. This led, if you’ll pardon the pun, to an amount of silver production that was unparalleled until the discovery of the new world.

One of the reasons that the Romans were able to have a stable currency for so long was through their large supply of silver. According to Wikipedia’s sources, the 10,000 tonnes of silver believed to be in circulation in Rome was five to ten times larger than the combined amount of silver available to medieval Europe and Arabia almost seven hundred years later.

In other words, the Romans were pretty rad ass. And so are these guys, your 2011 Silver Sluggers, as determined by MLB coaches and managers:

National League:

Matt Kemp, Dodgers
Ryan Braun, Brewers
Justin Upton, Diamondbacks

First Base
Prince Fielder, Brewers

Second Base
Brandon Phillips, Reds

Third Base
Aramis Ramirez, Cubs

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies

Brian McCann, Braves

Daniel Hudson, Diamondbacks

American League

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
Curtis Granderson, Yankees

First Base
Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox

Second Base
Robinson Cano, Yankees

Third Base
Adrian Beltre, Rangers

Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians

Alex Avila, Tigers

Designated Hitter
David Ortiz, Red Sox

Looking over the numbers, it’s not that difficult to pick out the biggest offensive contribution by position. However, managers and coaches still managed to make at least one glaring error. How was Miguel Cabreara overlooked in favour of Adrian Gonzalez? That’s not even close.

I’d probably be more upset if I didn’t have a finite amount of ire to spread, and if there weren’t a whole lot more awards to be handed out this month. Here’s the schedule:

NOV. 15, 2011
AL Cy Young Award announced

NOV. 16, 2011
AL, NL Manager of the Year Awards announced

NOV. 17, 2011
NL Cy Young Award announced

NOV. 21, 2011
AL Most Valuable Player Award announced

NOV. 22, 2011
NL Most Valuable Player Award announced