Good for Alex Avila, but Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta both also deserved Silver Slugger Awards. Last I looked, the Red Sox faded down the stretch and the Tigers won their division convincingly. A main reason: Miguel Cabrera did his best work in 2011 when it mattered most - and Adrian Gonzalez, who won the Silver Slugger at first base, didn't. Cabrera won the batting title, as well. In the second half of the season, Gonzalez had 10 home runs and 40 RBI. His power dropped off dramatically against left-handed pitching. He had just 11 extra base hits in 243 at bats against lefties - including only three home runs - this season. Cabrera is just a better all-around hitter - period.
As for Peralta, ultimately, he had a better season offensively than Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. He had a much higher batting average and better OPS. Cabrera hit just .244 in the second half of the season as his Indians dropped swiftly from the division race.
It's the coaches and managers who vote on this award. Amazing how they didn't get it right.