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Josh Hamilton Wins the 2010 AL MVP Award

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It was a battle of troubled but freakishly talented sluggers for the AL MVP. In one corner was 29 year-old OF Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers, who battled drug addiction and other issues for several years. He came back as a Rule 5 pick (of the Reds, who traded him to the Rangers for Edinson Volquez) and dominated the AL  to the tune of  .359/.411/.633 (.447 wOBA, 182 wRC+) with 32 HRs and 100 RBI in leading his team to the World Series.

In the other corner was 27 year-old 1B Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, whose problems with alcohol came to a head at the end of the 2009 regular season. He turned around and hit .328/.420/.622 (.429 wOBA, 172 wRC+) with 38 HRs and 126 RBI.

Cabrera had more impressive counting stats and was liked more by rWAR (6.9 to 6.0), partially because Hamilton missed 29 games with injury, while Hamilton was liked more by fWAR (8.0 to 6.2) due to his OF defense and superior rate stats.

When all was said and done, Hamilton received 22 of 28 first place ballots to secure the MVP award with 358 points. Cabrera got five first place votes and placed second with 262 points, while Yankees 2B Robinson Cano was third with 229 points. The MLB home run king, Blue Jays 3B Jose Bautista, received the other first place vote and placed fourth with 165 points. 

The voting of the Purple Row staff a month ago closely mirrored the results, though we gave Hamilton the MVP unanimously.

Full voting is after the jump.

2010 AL MVP Award 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

As you can see, CC Sabathia received more support as MVP than did AL Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez, but neither received as much support as Rays closer Rafael Soriano, who finished 12th. Joakim Soria of Kansas City was the only other pitcher to receive a vote.

With this final award, the 2010 season is officially in the books.