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Monday, October 31, 2005

Carlos Lee Receives Silver Slugger Award



From Tom Haudricourt at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder Carlos Lee was one of eight first-time winners in the National League when Louisville Slugger announced the Silver Slugger Award recipients in both leagues for 2005 on Monday.
The Silver Slugger Awards are given annually to players at each position in their respective leagues for offensive excellence, as voted on by major league managers and coaches. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics as well as general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Managers and coaches are not allowed to vote for players on their clubs.
"That's what makes it so impressive for Carlos," Brewers hitting coach Butch Wynegar said. "It's what managers and coaches from other teams thought of his play. I'm proud of him. It always means a lot when it comes from your peers, or other managers and coaches."

Lee batted only .265 in his first year with the Brewers, 23 points below his career norm, but led the club with personal highs of 32 home runs and 114 runs batted in. The only Brewer to play in all 162 games, Lee finished with an OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) of .888.

"I think his batting average can be attributed to switching leagues and seeing a bunch of pitchers he had never faced before," said Wynegar, who arrived in town Monday to take part in the Brewers' weeklong organizational meetings.

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