Many considered it a foregone conclusion that Atlanta Braves' third baseman Chris Johnson would take home his first career Silver Slugger Award, but he was snubbed on the National League side of things for Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez.
The logic isn't exactly clear how Alvarez could be considered a better overall hitter than CJ 2.0. Alvarez did hit 36 homers with 100 RBIs, which must be what the voters saw.
But Alvarez had garbage stats otherwise to the tune of a .233 average, .296 on-base percentage and a whopping 186 strikeouts.
Johnson, granted, did play in 10 fewer games than Alvarez and only hit 12 homers with 68 RBIs, but it also has to be taken into consideration that he drove in those runs from the bottom half of the order for most of the season.
The .321 batting average and and .358 OBP are also light years ahead of Alvarez, while Johnson also had 70 fewer strikeouts.
Apparently the longball is a more precious commodity than getting on base these days.
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