SB Nation's MVP Awards

 

We've come to the last of our SB Nation Awards, yesterday we posted the Cy Young, Tuesday the Rookie of the Year and Monday Manager of the Year. If you've been following along you know that the baseball bloggers voted on these, AL blogs voted for the AL awards, NL for NL. For the MVP voting we, just like the BBWAA, list our top 10 choices.

So our AL MVP award vote:

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

 

So I have no real arguments with the vote. Mauer was easily the best choice and our bloggers show they knew that. 9 of my 10 picks were in the top 12, I didn't pick any pitchers, which was just a personal choice on my part. The best pitcher this year was Zack Greinke and his team came in last in the weakest AL division so I didn't feel like I could call him a 'Most Valuable Player', they could have been last without him. 

The one I picked that wasn't in the top bunch was Dustin Pedroia who finished 20th in the vote. I had him 9th on my ballot. He was pretty much as good offensively as he was last year when he won the writers MVP award and his defense was great. The ones that stand out for me? Jason Bay is way to high up on the list, to me. Jacoby Ellsbury was an interesting choice. I wouldn't have him on a top 30 list. Alex Gonzalez only played 44 AL games, but I'd imagine that they both were voted for by the same Red Sox fan. A terrible choice. Nick Markakis is an interesting choice too, a corner outfielder with mid-range power and an decent but not great batting average for a last place team.

The NL vote:

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

 

Unanimous and it should be. But then I expected the AL one to be too. 

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