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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 14:22

Josh HamiltonTexas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has been voted by the BBWAA as the AL MVP for 2010.

According to the BBWAA:

Hamilton was listed first on 22 of the 28 ballots cast by two writers in each league city, second on four and fourth on two for a total of 358 points, based on a tabulation system rewarding 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third on down to one for 10th. Hamilton being named MVP of the AL Championship Series had no bearing on this election because balloting is conducted prior to the start of post-season play.

Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera received five first-place votes and was runner-up in the balloting with 262 points. Cabrera led the league in RBI (126) and on base percentage (.420), was second in batting (.328), slugging (.622), total bases (341) and runs (111) and third in home runs (38). Cabrera, who ranked fourth in the 2009 election, has placed in the top five in MVP balloting in four of the past six years.

The other first-place vote went to Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista, who finished fourth with 165 points, behind New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, who placed second on the most ballots (12) and totaled 229 points.

Bautista led all major leaguers in home runs with 54 and also topped the AL in total bases (351) and extra-base hits (92) while batting .260 with 124 RBI. Cano hit .319 with 29 home runs, 109 RBI and 103 runs and was second in the league in hits (200) and multi-hit games (59) and third in total bases (334).

It marks a banner award season for the Rangers who also had Neftali Feliz win AL Rookie of the Year. The last time the AL ROY and AL MVP came out of the same club was 2001 when Ichiro Suzuki took both honors for the Mariners.

Along with Cincinnati Red Joey Votto winning the NL MVP it marks the first time since 2006 when Justin Morneau and Ryan Howard won that two salary arbitration eligible players have taken the award in the same year.

Yesterday, we looked at what Joey Votto might get through the salary arbitration process (see How Much Will Joey Votto Get In Salary Arbitration After Winning NL MVP?), and with Hamilton winning the AL award, here’s how matters could go for Hamilton.

Hamilton will have 4 years of Major League Service Time this year.  The top four players in salary arbitration for 2010 between 4 and 5 years of Major League Service Time (MLS) last year were all pitchers: Jonathan Papelbon ($9.25 million), Bobby Jenks ($7.5 million), Justin Verlander ($6.7 million), and Felix Hernandez ($6.5 million). It’s not until you get to Ryan Ludwick at #5 that you get into position players where he earned $5.45 million. Hamilton is surely going to pull in much, much more based upon all the award hardware and statistics he pulled together for 2010.  It’s more than possible that Hamilton could land $10 million or more if he and the Rangers don’t reach a multi-year deal. One could easily imagine Jon Daniels and Hamilton’s agent Michael Moye discussing such scenarios, using comps such as Matt Holiday who had 4 years of MLS in January of 2008 when landed a 2-year $23 million deal that earned him $9.5 million in 2008 and $13.5 million in 2009. But, Hamilton may never be in such a position to garner a single season payout like he is this year. And may therefore forego the option of any multi-year contract. Still, at 29, Hamilton may see value in banking money over multiple years. All will depend on how Hamilton is viewing his priorities with his career.

SELECT READ MORE TO SEE MORE DETAILS ON THE AL MVP, INCLUDING VOTE COUNTS

According to the Texas Rangers, and the BBWAA, Hamilton marks the sixth time a Rangers player won the award. Right fielder Juan Gonzalez was a two-time winner, in 1996 and ’98. The other MVPs from Texas were right fielder Jeff Burroughs in 1974, catcher Ivan Rodriguez in 1999 and shortstop Alex Rodriguez in 2003. A-Rod won two other MVPs as a third baseman with the Yankees in 2005 and ’07.

Hamilton’s victory was the 10th for a center fielder in the AL. He joined three-time winners Joe DiMaggio (1939, ’41, ’47) and Mickey Mantle (1956-57, ’62) as well as Fred Lynn (1975), Robin Yount (1989) and Ken Griffey Jr. (1997). Yount was a shortstop when he won his first MVP Award in 1982. His team, the Milwaukee Brewers, moved to the National League in 1998.

A center fielder has won the award in the NL five times – twice apiece by Willie Mays (1954, ’65) and Dale Murphy (1982-83) and once by Willie McGee (1985).

The voting:

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

Points

Josh Hamilton, Texas

22

4

2

358

Miguel Cabrera, Detroit

5

11

10

1

1

262

Robinson Cano, New York

12

12

1

3

229

Jose Bautista, Toronto

1

4

8

5

1

6

1

2

165

Paul Konerko, Chicago

4

7

6

5

2

1

2

130

Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay

2

3

6

5

5

1

1

100

Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay

1

6

3

2

3

4

2

98

Joe Mauer, Minnesota

2

1

3

6

2

3

4

1

97

Adrian Beltre, Boston

1

1

3

4

9

6

83

Delmon Young, Minnesota

1

2

4

2

1

3

44

Vladimir Guerrero, Texas

2

1

4

3

22

Rafael Soriano, Tampa Bay

1

1

1

1

3

21

CC Sabathia, New York

2

3

1

13

Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland

1

1

2

9

Alex Rodriguez, New York

1

1

1

8

Felix Hernandez, Seattle

1

6

Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle

3

3

Jim Thome, Minnesota

2

2

Joakim Soria, Kansas City

1

1

Mark Teixeira, New York

1

1

Source: BBWAA


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