2010 SB Nation Awards: American League MVP

No, he wasn't ever going to be a Cub: Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers hits a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 30 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

I can just hear the Josh Hamilton story now -- again. So I won't bring it up. Anyway, SB Nation voters named him the AL MVP. BCB, as a NL blog, did not have ballots in this voting. If I did have a ballot, I probably would have voted the ten names on my ballot pretty much the way this one came out. The BBWAA voters had it pretty close to the same, except for voting Robinson Cano higher and Evan Longoria lower.

There's some Yankee bias here that I don't understand. A fourth-place vote for A-Rod after he put up the lowest OPS he ever had as a Yankee? And what's Brett Gardner doing on this list? Despite the stolen bases, he had an OPS+ of 106, pretty average.

American League

Rk Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Pts
1 Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers 22 5 1 - - 1 - - - - 277
2 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 4 4 7 3 3 2 3 1 - 1 197
3 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays 3 3 6 9 2 - 1 1 2 - 191
4 Robinson Cano New York Yankees 6 4 5 4 3 4 1 1 1 - 182
4 Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays - 7 4 3 4 4 4 2 - - 182
6 Adrian Beltre Boston Red Sox - 4 4 7 2 5 3 1 - 1 170
7 Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Rays - - 2 - 5 3 5 1 2 4 92
8 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins - - - 1 3 1 2 8 4 5 75
9 Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox - - - - 2 4 2 1 7 3 60
10 Shin-Soo Choo Cleveland Indians - - 1 - 2 2 - 5 2 5 54
11 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners - - - - 1 4 1 2 1 - 38
12 Cliff Lee Mariners/Rangers - - - - - - 2 2 1 1 17
13 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees - - - 1 - - - - - - 7
14 Jim Thome Minnesota Twins - - - - 1 - - - - - 6
14 Vladimir Guerrero Texas Rangers - - - - - - 1 - 1 - 6
14 Mark Teixeira New York Yankees - - - - - - - 2 - - 6
17 Brett Gardner New York Yankees - - - - - - - - 2 1 5
18 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers - - - - - - 1 - - - 4
19 Vernon Wells Toronto Blue Jays - - - - - - - 1 - - 3
19 CC Sabathia New York Yankees - - - - - - - - 1 1 3
21 Daric Barton Oakland Athletics - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
21 Delmon Young Minnesota Twins - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
21 Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
21 Luke Scott Baltimore Orioles - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
21 Billy Butler Kansas City Royals - - - - - - - - - 2 2
21 Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners - - - - - - - - - 2 2
27 David Price Tampa Bay Rays - - - - - - - - - 1 1
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