Let's start out with a bang, shall we? I know I titled this article "Long Shots," but the truth is that young Mr. Young has a very legitimate shot at taking this award... If he can beat down Miguel Cabrera, that is.
After a rather pedestrian start to the season, Delmon Young now leads the Twins in hits and runs batted in. In fact, his ever-climbing .330 average entering today is good enough for fifth in the AL, and his 76 ribbies ranks him at fourth. He is also fifth in the league in doubles with 31, right behind Mauer's 32.
I know his stats aren't currently good enough to win the award, but Young has been on an absolute tear: definitely good enough for MVP honors if the Twins make a playoff push. At this rate, I predict he will end the season somewhere around here: .338/23/127