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Josh Hamilton wins third Silver Slugger Award

Hamilton picked up the award after belting a career-high 43 home runs last season.

Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

The awards for Josh Hamilton continue to roll in as he picks up his third Silver Slugger Award. Hamilton also won the award in 2008 and 2010, the latter of which he also picked up the American League batting title and was the American League's most valuable player.

Hamilton won the award in what one could argue as being his best year at the plate slugging-wise. Hamilton finished the year with a .285/.354/.577 line in addition to 43 home runs and 128 runs batted in, both career highs. The award puts another feather in the 31-year-old outfielder's cap as he tests the free agency waters. Hamilton is reportedly looking for a rich contract, in the area of seven years and $175 million.

The Silver Slugger Award is voted on by players and coaches in each league for the best offensive player at each position in both the American and National League. Players and managers can't vote for anyone on their own team.

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