Josh Hamilton takes home AL MVP Award

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Josh Hamilton was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player today, receiving 21 of 28 first place votes. Robbie Cano placed third, not too far behind runner-up Miguel Cabrera. He did not receive any first place votes. There’s no shame in that, Robbie had a great season and just being mentioned as an MVP is a success all by itself. Jose Bautista and Paul Konerko round out the top five.

Hamilton hit .359/.411/.633 (.447) this season and was particularly harsh of right-handed pitchers, tagging them for a .401/.447/.716 batting line (.490 wOBA) in a not insignificant 352 plate appearances. His 8.0 fWAR led all of baseball even though he missed much of September with rib issues. Congrats to him, it’s well deserved.

CC Sabathia finished 13th, Alex Rodriguez 15th, and Mark Teixeira 20th in the voting.

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  • mbonzo

    Cano got three 5th place votes… how many writers vote in Boston? Three you say?

    Hamilton also got 2 4th place votes… wtf?

    • Slugger27

      how anyone can place hamilton out of the top 3 is beyond me

      • pete

        that part is insane

    • pete

      Eh, I don’t think that’s crazy.


      You could make an argument for swapping any of the bottom 4 with one another, 3 out of 28 ballots having Cano 5th isn’t that surprising.

      • MikeD

        I think if those voters go by WAR then that gets Beltre and Longoria ahead of Cano. Yet I doubt that was part of their thinking. No matter. Don’t really have an issue with the order, and Hamilton would have got my vote. Who finishes second, etc. really is not of importance.

        • Brian

          I do find a little funny how the month of September didn’t matter at all…Hamilton misses the entire month and his team didn’t miss a beat and kept a very comfortable lead. Cabrera’s team was out of it so he was no longer playing in pressure packed games and Cano was batting clean up for a team that was in a dog fight to the end of the month for first place of the division. It most years when a Yankee isn’t in the running for MVP the month of September proves to be the most important.

          Beltre had a better season than Longoria so putting Longoria in the conversation is just trying to push a young star into a position he doesn’t belong in since Crawford had the best year of any Ray player.

          • pete

            Crawford had a nice year, for sure, but Longoria was even better if you ask me. I think Beltre may have been even better than Longoria, but the difference was slight.

            Longo’s .376 wOBA and 11.1 UZR make a pretty sick two-way line. 6.9 WAR is nothing to sneeze at.

  • B-Rando

    Was hoping for Robbie to win this one, but Hamilton really was ridiculous up until September.

  • Slugger27

    i’m pretty surprised miggy beat out cano. i guess writers still don’t really look at defense and positional adjustments

    • Doug

      or some just look at massive offensive seasons

      • Slugger27


        a massive offensive season by a poor fielding 1st baseman against a slightly less massive offensive season by a good fielding 2nd baseman… ill take the second one, especially if he’s on a playoff team and the first one isnt

  • AndrewYF

    Definitely well-deserved. Hopefully it hurts Texas by upping his arbitration reward, thus lessening the amount of money they can use for Lee.

    If only Cano could have had this season in 2008…

  • Monteroisdinero

    Good for Josh. I hope Robbie gets even more motivated. Now do we bat our MVP candidate 3rd like Josh does?

    • Zack

      Well Hamilton only had 67 games hitting 3rd, 52 hitting 5th.

  • mbonzo

    You can find the voting results here.

    • Dax J.

      One would think they would have a better looking website.

      • MikeD

        Totally. I was going to congratulate them for embracing the latest in HTML web technology. Party like it’s 1999.

        • Dax J.

          Even their logo sucks. Holy crap..

      • Cult of Basebaal

        You think this looks like crap?

        You should have seen what they looked like *before* this year’s awards.

        Black text against a neon-green background.

        Trying to read it was like having your eyes burned with lasers.

  • Kiersten

    Finished third in baseball. Finished third in Cy Young. Finished third in MVP. What a bunch of losers.

    (but for real, congrats to Josh Hamilton, definitely deserved it)

  • Mister Delaware

    Order wasn’t great but atleast the voters got all the winners right this year. Applause.

  • cano is the bro

    damn i was really hoping cano would win, even though i didn’t expect it to happen.

    ah well, get em next year robbie

  • vin

    The biggest shock is Cano not receiving even 1 first place vote.

    I was under the impression he had quite a bit of support – enough to garner 1 first place vote.

    I understand voting for Hamilton – he was the best player.
    I understand voting for Cabrera – he had a dominant offensive season.

    But they both have some knocks against them (legit or otherwise) – eg: missing September, playing for a non playoff team, being an average at best firstbaseman.

    Cano didn’t have the offensive season as those guys, but he did win the GG at a premium defensive position.

    I figured there would be someone out there who would put those things together and give Robbie a 1st place vote.

    • mbonzo

      Silver Slugger goes to the best hitter at a position.

      MVP goes to the best hitter in the league.

      Gold Glove goes to the best hitting fielder at a position.

      Cabrera hit better than Cano, but I think Cano’s glove ends up making him more valuable. Don’t know when they’re start taking fielding into consideration for the MVP.

      • Slugger27

        MVP goes to the best hitter player in the league.

        • mbonzo

          Its supposed to. It ends up going to the best hitter. Just the nature of the beast.

        • vin

          In theory, and it worked out that way this year. But defense has always been undervalued in that equation – just as HR’s and RBI have been overvalued.

          Not to mention all the times voters get tired of voting for guys like Bonds and Pujols.

      • vin

        That’s just it… I figured the movement away from the traditional stats would also include writers paying attention to defense.

        Babysteps, I guess.

        Would love to ask the writers if they would rather have Miguel Cabrera and an average 2nd baseman, or Cano and an average 1st baseman.

        • Hughesus Christo

          You mean like when Pudge Rodriguez/Joe Mauer/Pedroia/Ichiro got screwed?

      •!/profile.php?id=9370232 Mike HC

        Yea, the Gold Glove has been a joke for years now.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        ietc. thanks.

    • MikeD

      I was a bit surprised too simply because any top candidate usually gets at least one vote from a hometown reporter. Jose Bautista had a first-place vote. Pretty sure that would come from Toronto. Miguel Cabrera no doubt received first-place votes from the Detroit writers. No doubt Hamilton got the home-town vote, too. NY writers did not go that way.

      • Joe R

        This. How does Bautista get a 1st place vote and Cano doesnt. Crazyness.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Congrats to Hamilton. The Cy Young and MVP winners this year were all the correct choices.

  • vin

    I always love when a guy receives 2 10th place votes, and 1 1st place vote (Bautista).

    Funny to see CC finish ahead of Felix in something too.

    • vin

      I’m also surprised to see Beltre fall so far. Would’ve projected him to finish ahead of Bautista, Konerko, Crawford, and Mauer – or at least 3 of those 4.

      Joe Mauer with 2 3rd place votes?! So strange… he’s obviously tremendously valuable, but for two voters to put him ahead of guys like Cabrera, Cano, Bautista, Longoria, Beltre, etc. is asinine.

      • Dax J.

        I’m amazed as well. Crawford over Mauer? Really?

  • Mike HC

    Hamilton definitely deserved it. As MVP worthy as Cano and the other contenders were, Hamilton was truly a level above. Bonds and Pujols type level above in terms of hitting.

  • Dax J.

    Congrats to Hamilton. Very well deserved. With that said.. Why is Rafael Soriano on the ballot? He was very good this year, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t think he should be on the ballot. Same thing goes for Joakim Soria.

  • Januz

    I actually am glad they gave Cabrera 2nd over Cano. What we see is consistancy in the voting for seasonal awards. If Hernandez gets the Cy Young with 13 wins, why not give a higher grade for a player who leads the league with a 7.4 WAR, and a .420 OB%?. By comparison Cano’s WAR was 6.1 & .381 OB%, it is not even close.

  • Joe D.

    Big fat cheers to the few writers who dug deep enough to notice Shin-Soo Choo was one of the top 10 players in the American League last season.

    The new and improved Bobby Abreu (now, with new Not-Scared-Of-Wall technology!) deserves some recognition.

    (Of course, not too much recognition, thank you very much. Not being properly recognized is part of the “Being Bobby Abreu” package…)

  • Avi

    I could understand Hamilton over Cano. But Cabrera??
    How can they not consider the “value” of playing 2B (and well) over playing 1B (not so well).
    Between Cano and Cabrera there’s NO QUESTION who the more valuble player was in 2010. Just look at the average numbers starting first basemen in the AL compared to starting second baseman.
    What a joke.

    • Avi

      Oh and I forgot, don’t they take making the playoffs strongly into consideration as well??

  • Wil Nieves #1 Fan

    Robbie should have won on an account that he’s not a drug addict and/or a wife beater.

    But seriously, I would have voted for Cabrera. I don’t like that Hamilton only played 130-something games.

  • mike

    Another case of it counting against you for being a Yankee. Most people (fans or sportswriters) if they are not Yankee fans have a prejudice against the Yankees. I might see Hamilton but not Cabrera.
    Matsui suffered the same fate a few years ago with the rookie of the year award. Suzuki of Seattle won but Matsui did not. Both were veterans of many years in the Japanese leagues.
    Jealousy of the best will never stop.