1) Robinson Cano (NYY): .313 AVG, 20 HR, 51 RBI, 57 R, 1 SB
2) Josh Hamilton (TEX): .308 AVG, 27 HR, 75 RBI, 54 R, 6 SB
3) Mike Trout (LAA): .341 AVG, 12 HR, 40 RBI, 57 R, 26 SB
4) Adam Jones (BAL): .289 AVG, 20 HR, 44 RBI, 54 R, 11 SB
5) Mark Trumbo (LAA): .306 AVG, 22 HR, 57 RBI, 42 R, 4 SB
For some particular reason, the meaning of any sports' Most Valuable Player has become a bit misconstrued. The honor does not necessarily tab the player with the best statistics, rather his individual value to his respective club or team.
In this case, that man is Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano. Sure, Texas' Josh Hamilton does beat out Cano in just about every major offensive category. But when determining which player means the most to his team, the process isn't exclusive to offensive numbers.
When I look at Cano I see offense, defense and perhaps most importantly, durability. He has played each of the Yankees' 85 games so far at an extremely high level. Cano hits just about as well as anyone and plays incredibly efficient defense at a premium position.
And what if you take Cano and Hamilton off of their respective teams? Would the Yankees or Rangers be worse off if so?
The simple answer to that screams Yankees. With Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira turning in less than stellar numbers so far, the first place Yanks couldn't afford to lose Cano.
The Rangers, on the other hand, have benefited from a more efficient offense. Although Hamilton is having a ridiculous season, guys like Adrian Beltre, Nelson Cruz, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus are also enjoying above average campaigns.
Cano has his Yankees sitting atop the highly competitive AL East with the best overall record in all of baseball.