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Josh Hamilton got as many fourth-place votes as ninth-place votes.
Every writer is entitled to his/her own opinion. These individuals strayed from the pack when choosing the American League's top players:
Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal
1. Miguel Cabrera, 2. Adrian Beltre, 3. Mike Trout, 4. Robinson Cano, 5. Josh Hamilton, 6. Albert Pujols, 7. Adam Jones, 8. Fernando Rodney, 9. Alex Rios, 10. Prince Fielder
Unlike the other BBWAA voters, Ocker did not consider Trout a top-two player.
Mark Gonzalez, Chicago Tribune
1. Miguel Cabrera, 2. Mike Trout, 3. Derek Jeter, 4. Adrian Beltre, 5. Alex Rios, 6. Prince Fielder, 7. Josh Hamilton, 8. Robinson Cano, 9. Adam Jones, 10. Edwin Encarnacion
Jeter, the MLB hits leader, slid further down other ballots because of his below-average defense. Chicago's Alex Rios spent the year overshadowed by Adam Dunn's bounce-back season and his team's solid starting pitching.
Evan Grant, Dallas Morning News
1. Miguel Cabrera, 2. Mike Trout, 3. Robinson Cano, 4. Adrian Beltre, 5. Justin Verlander, 6. David Price, 7. Prince Fielder, 8. Adam Jones, 9. Yoenis Cespedes, 10. Josh Hamilton
No local love for Hamilton?
Grant slotted the power-hitting outfielder behind nine other AL stars. Among them, two starting pitchers and Cespedes, whose injuries caused him to miss 30-plus games and serve as designated hitters 26 times.