And your 2012 Silver Sluggers are ...

Spoiler alert: Miguel Cabrera took home a Silver Slugger. (US Presswire)

Who were the best offensive players at each position for 2012? The Silver Slugger Awards attempt to answer that question, at least according to the opinions of major-league managers and coaches.

Thursday night on MLB Network, the 2012 American League and National Silver Slugger winners were announced, so here's a rundown (with each player's total number of Silver Sluggers, counting this season, in parentheses) ...  

American League

C - A.J. Pierzynski , Chicago White Sox (1)
1B - Prince Fielder , Detroit Tigers (3)
2B - Robinson Cano , New York Yankees (4)
3B - Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (4)
SS - Derek Jeter (5)
OF - Mike Trout , Los Angeles Angels (1)
OF - Josh Hamilton , Texas Rangers (3)
OF - Josh Willingham , Minnesota Twins (1)
DH - Billy Butler , Kansas City Royals (1) 

National League

C - Buster Posey , San Francisco Giants (1)
1B - Adam LaRoche , Washington Nationals (1)
2B - Aaron Hill (2)
3B - Chase Headley , San Diego Padres
SS - Ian Desmond , Nationals (1)
OF - Andrew McCutchen , Pittsburgh Pirates (1)
OF - Jay Bruce , Cincinnati Reds (1)
OF - Ryan Braun , Milwaukee Brewers (5) 
P - Stephen Strasburg , Nationals (1)

Complaints Department ... Sure, a chunk of Edwin Encarnacion 's production came while he was manning (read: standing near) a position, but he's pretty clearly more deserving of DH Silver Slugger honors than Butler. You could nitpick that Joe Mauer was more productive than Pierzynski on a rate basis, but you could counter that Pierzynski logged almost twice as many innings behind the plate. No outrage there. 

Over in the NL, you can easily make the case that, say, Matt Holliday , Corey Hart , Carlos Beltran and Carlos Gonzalez each merited an outfield spot ahead of Bruce. But Bruce's selection, while dubious, falls short of "indefensible." On the positive side, it's nifty to see all those first-time winners. 

Up next for awards season? The big boys ... 

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