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2009 SBN Baseball Awards: AL Most Valuable Player

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This week, we've been posting the results for each of Major League Baseball's regular season awards, as voted upon by the SB Nation baseball bloggers. On Monday, the Manager of the Year awards went to the Angels' Mike Scioscia and the Rockies' Jim Tracy. Tuesday, the Rookie of the Year winners were the Rangers' Elvis Andrus and the Braves' Tommy Hanson. And yesterday, the Cy Young Awards went to the Royals' Zack Greinke and the Giants' Tim Lincecum.

But today is the big trophy. M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!

The 2009 SBN balloting for the American League Most Valuable Player can be seen after the jump:

Rk Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Pts
1 Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins 24 3 1 - - - - - - - 371
2 Ben Zobrist Tampa Bay Rays - 10 6 2 2 1 - 1 - - 172
3 Mark Teixeira New York Yankees 2 3 2 4 3 2 7 1 - - 158
4 Derek Jeter New York Yankees 1 5 3 4 4 2 1 1 2 1 157
5 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays - 2 4 1 2 3 2 3 2 1 106
6 Zack Greinke Kansas City Royals 2 3 2 1 1 - 2 - - - 92
7 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers - - 3 1 2 4 - 2 - 5 74
8 Kevin Youkilis Boston Red Sox - 2 - - 1 3 1 8 1 - 69
9 Chone Figgins Los Angeles Angels - - - 3 4 1 - 1 3 1 60
10 Jason Bay Boston Red Sox - 1 - 4 2 - - 1 - 2 54
11 Kendry Morales Los Angeles Angels - - 4 - - 1 - - 1 - 39
12 Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners - - 1 - 2 - 1 2 2 3 37
13 Franklin Gutierrez Seattle Mariners - - - 1 1 1 3 - 1 2 34
14 Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers - - - 2 1 1 1 - 1 1 32
15 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners - - - 2 - - 1 3 2 - 31
16 Jason Bartlett Tampa Bay Rays - - 1 1 1 - - - - 1 22
17 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees - - 1 - 1 - 1 - - - 18
18 Roy Halladay Toronto Blue Jays - - - 1 - 1 1 - - - 16
19 Adam Lind Toronto Blue Jays - - - - - 2 - - 1 4 16
20 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox - - - - - - 1 - 4 1 13
21 Bobby Abreu Los Angeles Angels - - - 1 - - - 1 1 - 12
22 Aaron Hill Toronto Blue Jays - - - - - 1 1 1 - - 12
23 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees - - - - 1 - - - 1 1 9
24 Torii Hunter Los Angeles Angels - - 1 - - - - - - - 8
25 Brian Roberts Baltimore Orioles - - - - - - 1 1 - - 7
26 CC Sabathia New York Yankees - - - - - - 1 - 1 - 6
27 Carl Crawford Tampa Bay Rays - - - - - - - 1 1 1 6
28 J.D. Drew Boston Red Sox - - - - - 1 - - - - 5
29 Jon Lester Boston Red Sox - - - - - 1 - - - - 5
30 Jonathan Papelbon Boston Red Sox - - - - - 1 - - - - 5
31 Robinson Cano New York Yankees - - - - - 1 - - - - 5
32 Victor Martinez Boston Red Sox - - - - - 1 - - - - 5
33 Michael Cuddyer Minnesota Twins - - - - - - 1 - - - 4
34 Shin-Soo Choo Cleveland Indians - - - - - - 1 - - - 4
35 Michael Young Texas Rangers - - - - - - - - 1 1 3
36 Jacoby Ellsbury Boston Red Sox - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
37 Jason Kubel Minnesota Twins - - - - - - - - 1 - 2
38 Alex Gonzalez Boston Red Sox - - - - - - - - - 1 1
39 Nick Markakis Baltimore Orioles - - - - - - - - - 1 1

Picking 10 guys on the ballot seems crazy to me, but that's how the Baseball Writers Association of America voters do it. And I suppose it provides a chance to acknowledge those who also had great seasons.

Here's how I voted:

  1. Joe Mauer
  2. Kevin Youkilis
  3. Derek Jeter
  4. Justin Verlander
  5. Kendry Morales
  6. Ben Zobrist
  7. Mark Teixeira
  8. Miguel Cabrera
  9. Michael Young
  10. Jason Bay

Did Cabrera slide down my ballot after the events of October 3? Yes. But I don't know if I would've put him much higher than I eventually did. Maybe fifth. I don't think I'd have put him ahead of Morales. I wonder how many other voters put him in 10th place in light of what happened?

Here are the National League results:

Rk Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th Pts
1 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals 31 - - - - - - - - - 434
2 Hanley Ramirez Florida Marlins - 6 8 11 2 1 2 - - - 220
3 Chase Utley Philadelphia Phillies - 7 11 2 3 1 - 1 - 1 192
4 Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers - 5 4 4 7 7 1 - - - 186
5 Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies - 4 1 5 2 3 3 4 1 2 134
6 Tim Lincecum San Francisco Giants - 4 1 - 1 2 2 3 1 - 79
7 Ryan Howard Philadelphia Phillies - 4 - 1 4 1 - - 3 1 79
8 Ryan Zimmerman Washington Nationals - - 1 3 3 3 3 1 - 2 79
9 Adrian Gonzalez San Diego Padres - - 1 - 3 3 2 4 3 4 71
10 Pablo Sandoval San Francisco Giants - - - 1 2 2 2 3 4 3 57
11 Matt Kemp Los Angeles Dodgers - - 1 1 1 1 5 3 - 1 56
12 Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers - - 2 - - 2 2 1 1 - 39
13 Chris Carpenter St. Louis Cardinals - - - - 2 1 1 - 1 2 25
14 Derrek Lee Chicago Cubs - - - - - 2 1 1 3 2 25
15 Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers - - - - 1 2 2 - - - 24
16 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals - - - 1 - - 1 1 4 1 23
17 Javier Vazquez Atlanta Braves - - - - - - 2 1 2 1 16
18 Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals - - 1 - - - 1 - - - 12
19 Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds - 1 - - - - - - 1 - 11
20 Mark Reynolds Arizona Diamondbacks - - - - - - - 2 1 2 10
21 Todd Helton Colorado Rockies - - - 1 - - - - - - 7
22 Jayson Werth Philadelphia Phillies - - - - - - - 1 1 1 6
23 Adam Dunn Washington Nationals - - - - - - - - 1 3 5
24 Juan Pierre Los Angeles Dodgers - - - - - - 1 - - - 4
25 Justin Upton Arizona Diamondbacks - - - - - - - 1 - 1 4
26 Raul Ibanez Philadelphia Phillies - - - - - - - 1 - 1 4
27 Ubaldo Jimenez Colorado Rockies - - - - - - - 1 - 1 4
28 Brian McCann Atlanta Braves - - - - - - - - 2 - 4
29 Dan Haren Arizona Diamondbacks - - - - - - - - 2 - 4
30 Michael Bourn Houston Astros - - - - - - - 1 - - 3
31 Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals - - - - - - - 1 - - 3
32 Nyjer Morgan Washington Nationals - - - - - - - - - 1 1
33 Yunel Escobar Atlanta Braves - - - - - - - - - 1 1