First off on behalf of Birds Watcher and the Fansided Network, I’d like to apologize to all readers for the technical difficulties that we’ve had on the site over the past 48 hours. I can’t speak to what the issue was given that internet “mumbo-jumbo” isn’t my strong point, however all I know is the site was down and now it’s back. Unfortunately this couldn’t be helped, but unfortunately we missed a major announcement involving three Oriole players. Nevertheless, this column would have ran yesterday had the site been functioning properly. Thank you for your patience.
Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles won the 2013 American League Silver Slugger award last night. He became the first Oriole first baseman to win the award since Rafael Palmeiro in 1998, with Eddie Murray also taking home the honor in 1983 and 1984. We all know Davis’ resume for this year; Davis hit .286 with a major league-leading 53 home runs. He also had an OBP of .370, 72 walks, 42 doubles, and he scored 103 runs. This was almost a given with how the season unfolded for Davis, who captured the attention of the league with his majestic homers over the course of the 2013 season. Davis is also a finalist for the 2013 AL MVP award, which will be announced next week. So if you’re keeping score at home, that’s six gold glove nominations, three gold glove awards, and one silver slugger. Not bad for a franchise that was stuck in the mud only two years ago.
Please Note: Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy also won Silver Slugger awards the other night, however that part of this piece was lost due to the aforementioned technical difficulties on the site. So in total, the Birds have three Silver Slugger award winners.