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MLB Facts & Rumors American League MVP

Posted on: November 11, 2010 12:52 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 11:10 am
The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their American League Most Valuable Player selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth 14 points, second place nine, third place eight and so forth, with 10th place getting one point.

The American League MVP would have been easy if the season ended int he first week of September, but that's when Josh Hamilton crashed into a wall and broke a few ribs, sidelining him for nearly a month. Was that enough to give Detroit's Miguel Cabrera the MVP? Or was Jose Bautista's 54-homer season good enough to win the honor?


Josh Hamilton David Andriesen
1. Josh Hamilton, Rangers
2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
3. Adrian Beltre, Red Sox
4. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
5. Robinson Cano, Yankees
6. Evan Longoria, Rays
7. Paul Konerko, White Sox
8. Carl Crawford, Rays
9. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
10. Joe Mauer, Twins

Hamilton led all of baseball in batting average and WAR (wins above replacement), while playing center field and dealing with nagging injuries. Yes, he only played 133 regular-season games, but Joe Mauer won last year with 135. Cabrera was scary good, finishing in the top
three in every Triple Crown category, but Hamilton played better with more on the line.

Evan Brunell
1. JoshHamilton, Rangers
2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
3. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
4. Adrian Beltre, Red Sox
5. Robinson Cano, Yankees
6. Evan Longoria, Rays
7. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
8. Carl Crawford, Rays
9. Paul Konerko, White Sox
10. Daric Barton, Athletics

Hamilton had a sublime season, leading baseball in batting average (.359) and slugging percentage (.633). In counting stats, his 30 HR and 100 RBI don't exactly blow anyone off the map, but don't forget he missed most of September.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1.  Josh Hamilton, Rangers
2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
3. Evan Longoria, Rays
4. Robinson Cano, Yankees
5. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
6. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
7. Adrian Beltre, Red Sox
8. Shin-Soo Choo, Indians
9. Joe Mauer, Twins
10. Paul Konerko, White Sox

Hamilton missed most of September, but it didn't really mean anything to his team, because he was so good until that point that the Rangers had a cushion. There were other players with really good years, Cabrera and Cano among them, but they were still behind what Hamilton's amazing season. I think Longoria sometimes gets overlooked, but he doesn't deserve the nod over Hamilton. I do find it interesting that I'm the only one with a pitcher listed.

MLB Facts and Rumors American League Most Valuable Player
As good a season as Cabrera had, it's a runaway for Hamilton, who was unanimous in our small poll, followed by Miguel Cabrera and Jose Bautista. That said, expect Cabrera and maybe even Cano to garner first-place votes when the BBWAA announces its winners on Nov. 23, but Hamilton will still likely win by a comfortable margin.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:06 am

MLB Facts & Rumors American League MVP

A crappy center field?  I am not a Rangers fan or even real a Hamilton fan but brother he is an excellents center fielder.  Every game I have seen him play he makes an incredible play.  Matter of fact just about everytime he is out of the lineup comes off the heels of an amazing play that results in him crashing in the wall.  Not really sure where you got that from but I respectfully disagree - oh yeah so does anyone else who actually has seen him play.

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2010 7:22 pm

MLB Facts & Rumors American League MVP

aqui la vaina esta fuerte pero Miguel Cabrera for MVP

Since: Feb 13, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 5:55 pm

MLB Facts & Rumors American League MVP

I would have to agree with Reedhopps, Cano deserves the MVP. You have to take into account what a player does for your team. being a middle-infielder is a lot tougher on a player and looking at comparisons of fielding pct., AB, SO, etc. there is really no comparison. Cano was lights out especially when A-Rod went down. Who was going to step up? Cano definitely stepped to the plate, no pun intended!! He was a valuable asset for the Yankees this year.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2010 4:27 pm
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Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2010 10:40 am

MLB Facts & Rumors American League MVP

I am sorry i forgot to mention that as good as the Yankees line-up appeared, Cano had to carry their lineup for half the year.  the first two months he was batting almost .400.  When AROD got hurt Cano batted cleanup and the lineup did not miss a beat.  He is the most valuable player to his team.  I also forgot to give Cabrera his due.  He had a great year, but he plays first base.  That position better produce numbers similar to the ones he produces or he would be a waist of space.

Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2010 10:35 am

MLB Facts & Rumors American League MVP

I think these ranking are a little off.  Hamilton plays a crappy center field so I don't think he should have even brought that up.  Robinson Cano should be the MVP.  He plays Second Base a much harder position than center field, and he plays second base as good as anyone in the league so that actually matters.  You also should concider the fact that his numbers for a middle infielder were off the charts.  He plays more games than any of the other guys in the top five.  THat does count for something and Mauer was a freaking catcher.  Of course he is only going to play in 140 or so games.  He was hurt to start the season but still, catchers won't play much more than 140 games usually anyways.  A center fielder should play virtually everyday.  Cano's numbers were slightly less impressive than Hamilton's, but due to the position he plays he should def. be considered for the top two spots.  Cano is going to come in second, but for people to think he should come in 4th or 5th is rediculous.  He also had to protect AROD which is not such an easy task.  He was in a great lineup but he was the guys who had no protection behind him.  Hamilton will win it, I am sure of that, but Cano deserves more credit than these guys are giving him.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2010 3:16 pm

MLB Facts & Rumors American League MVP

good catch, and changed....

as for the difference in games missed between rookie and mvp, a valid question. to me, it's a big deal on rookie, because as a rookie, there are so many adjustments to be made, they're magnified early n a career as pitchers make an adjustment to hitters. as i said in regard to posey & heyward, it was a tossup, and that was a tiebreaker in a very difficult race. both played great defense and had great stats. posey had more homers, while heyward had a better obp. they're so close, to give the award one over the other is splittlng hairs. as i said in the rookie balloting, you could give me second pick between the two and i'd be happy with the one that was left.

and i didn't say it wasn't a big deal, i said it went from him beign a shoe-in to a tougher decision.

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2010 3:13 pm
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Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2010 1:31 pm

MLB Facts & Rumors American League MVP

C. Trent, please note- 'as good of a season' is incorrect; it should be 'as good a'. Please don't let people (professional athletes, or retired athletes such as Troy Aikman) who don't speak English properly affect your writing. You are a writer, not an average Joe.

Why is Hamilton's missing 30 games no big deal, yet when talking about Rookie of the Year in the NL, Posey playing many fewer games than Heyward is a difference maker in spite of Posey having better stats and playing a more important position? Seems like sports writers have prejudices and they apply whichever stats support their opinion and ignore those stats when they don't support their opinion.

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