The baseball awards season is upon us, and yesterday the Silver Slugger Awards were announced. It's no surprise that the Phillies didn't have any Silver Sluggers on the team this year, but this award isn't too easy to get and the Phillies actually haven't had a winner for this since 2009 now when Chase Utley won his 4th Silver Slugger Award in a row. Utley won the coveted award from 2006 through 2009, the Silver Slugger is the top player in each position as voted on by coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. Ryan Howard was a Silver Slugger only once so far, in 2006. Jimmy Rollins won the Silver Slugger in 2007, which was the same year he was MVP of the National League. Rollins did pick up a Gold Glove Award this year, the award is also voted on by coaches and managers of each league and they are not allowed to vote for their own player.
The big awards have yet to be announced. Here is the schedule for 2012 for the Rookie of the Year and MVP and other awards yet to be announced for each league.
Rookie of The Year: November 12
Manager of the Year: November 13
Cy Young Award: November 14
MVP of each league: November 15
Meanwhile, in Palm Springs, California the MLB Winter Meetings are being held, and last night, Phillies GM, Ruben Amaro gave a little hint at what you could expect from the Phillies moves for this season. Signing good players seemed to be at the top of the list.