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Beltre Up For Silver Slugger Award



    The ballots are out to MLB coaches and managers for the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger awards, and not surprisingly, the ballots aren't stacked with Texas Rangers.

    On the brink of a 100-loss season, the Rangers were able to land just one player on the ballot, and you can have one guess to quickly figure out who it is but none other than the great Adrian Beltre.

    Each team receives four votes in the balloting, and may not vote for their own players.

    Obviously, the Rangers aren't too deserving of any postseason awards, but Beltre has been a constant source of production for the otherwise lackluster Rangers offense, as well as being a great leader in the clubhouse in a situation where things could've easily gone very sour.

    The veteran third baseman is batting .323 with 17 home runs and 69 RBIs and is a sure thing to have his worst offensive output as a Ranger despite having his highest average if he can stay above .321, which he finished with in 2012.

    Below are some players who are already part of the conversation as 2014 Silver Slugger Award contenders. The "*" denotes a past winner of the award.

    1st Base – American League

    Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox

    Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers*

    Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays

    Brandon Moss, Oakland A’s

    Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim*


    1st Base – National League

    Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals

    Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

    Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers*

    Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks*

    Justin Morneau, Colorado Rockies*

    Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs


    2nd Base – American League

    Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

    Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners*

    Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

    Howie Kendrick, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

    Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox*


    2nd Base – National League

    Dee Gordon, Los Angeles Dodgers

    D.J. LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

    Daniel Murphy, New York Mets

    Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies*

    Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates


    3rd Base – American League

    Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers*

    Lonnie Chisenhall, Cleveland Indians

    Josh Donaldson, Oakland A’s

    Conor Gillaspie, Chicago White Sox

    Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays*

    Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners


    3rd Base – National League

    Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals

    Todd Frazier, Cincinnati Reds

    Casey McGehee, Miami Marlins

    Aramis Ramirez, Milwaukee Brewers*

    Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals

    Pablo Sandoval, San Francisco Giants


    SS – American League

    Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

    J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles*

    Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Alexei Ramirez, Chicago White Sox*

    Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays*


    SS – National League

    Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs

    Ian Desmond, Washington Nationals*

    Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals

    Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies*


    C – American League

    Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians

    Brian McCann, New York Yankees*

    Dioner Navarro, Toronto Blue Jays

    Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

    Kurt Suzuki, Minnesota Twins


    C – National League

    Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers

    Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds

    Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks

    Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants*


    Outfield – American League

    Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays*

    Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians

    Melky Cabrera, Toronto Blue Jays

    Yoenis Cespedes, Boston Red Sox

    Nelson Cruz, Baltimore Orioles

    Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

    Torii Hunter, Detroit Tigers*

    Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles*

    Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles

    Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels* of Anaheim


    Outfield – National League

    Marlon Byrd, Philadelphia Phillies

    Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers

    Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates*

    Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants

    Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

    Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies

    Denard Span, Washington Nationals

    Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins

    Justin Upton, Atlanta Braves*

    Jayson Werth, Washington Nationals


    DH – American League

    Billy Butler, Kansas City Royals*

    Chris Carter, Houston Astros

    Victor Martinez, Detroit Tigers*

    David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox*


    P – National League

    Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

    Mike Leake, Cincinnati Reds

    Jordan Lyles, Colorado Rockies

    Travis Wood,  Chicago Cubs