Monday, November 14, 2005

MVP Announced

Alex Rodriquez takes the AL MVP award, but not by much. With 16 first place votes, he edges out David Ortiz with 11 first place votes. David Ortiz did take the AL most outsanding player (voted on by the players) two weeks ago. The only other player taking a first place vote was Vladimir Guerrero.

Manny Ramirez takes fourth place in the voting with 9 third place votes. Surprisingly, Gary Sheffield edges Mariano Rivera for eight place. Derek Jeter finishes in 10th place (why?).

There was speculation that Mariano would steal votes from A-Rod, but that obviously didn't happen. It's amazing (to me) how being a pitcher takes away from your chances of being MVP. If MVP is open to all players (which it is), then why should being a pitcher take something away? MVP does not mean best offensive numbers. Mo only received 1 fourth, 1 fifth and 1 sixth place vote. It looks to me like voters were trying to make sure he didn't take away from A-Rod's numbers.

2005 AL MVP Award
Voting results ¬
Player, Club1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10thPoints
Alex Rodriguez, NYY16111 331
David Ortiz, BOS1117 307
Vladimir Guerrero, LAA1 987111 196
Manny Ramirez, BOS 916262 1156
Travis Hafner, CLE 5644332 151
Paul Konerko, CWS 2465135 128
Mark Teixeira, TEX 15 37424106
Gary Sheffield, NYY 326223184
Mariano Rivera, NYY 1113313259
Derek Jeter, NYY 1 311 23
Michael Young, TEX 2 21220
Scott Podsednik, CWS 11 1 115
Johnny Damon, BOS 112112
Hideki Matsui, NYY 21 8
Richie Sexson, SEA 2 17
Miguel Tejada, BAL 237
Chone Figgins, LAA 146
Victor Martinez, CLE 1 5
Jason Giambi, NYY 11 5
Brian Roberts, BAL 1 25
Jason Varitek, BOS 1 4
Eric Chavez, OAK 124
Huston Street, OAK 1 3
Bartolo Colon, LAA 113
Grady Sizemore, CLE 113
Bob Wickman, CLE 1 2
Jorge Cantu, TB 11
Jose Contreras, CWS 11

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