Josh Hamilton is doing something special this season.
As you no doubt have already noticed, the star outfielder of the Texas Rangers is leading the American League in just about everything. Most notably, he leads the AL in batting average, home runs, RBI and pitchers' tears collected.
Okay, I made that last one up, but Hamilton is indeed on pace to win the Triple Crown in the American League. We've seen a lot of players make a run at winning the Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski won it in 1967, but you just get the sense that Hamilton isn't going to tail off and fall short. He's too hot to cool down, as it were.
We shall see if Hamilton has it in him to win the Triple Crown. One thing that's for sure is that he's the man to beat for the American League Most Valuable Player. Some players in the league are having MVP-caliber years, but they all pale in comparison to Hamilton.
But for what it's worth, here are my updated rankings for the top five contenders for the AL MVP award.