As the playoffs slowly approach, baseball fans continue to wonder who the AL MVP will be. Will it be a member of a first place, playoff team? Will it be a member of a lower-placed team?
I've decided to make an MVP of each AL division just to breakdown the many candidates for the cherished award.
Please enjoy the article and thank you for reading.
NOTE: All statistics are as of September 1, 2010.
Robinson Cano pounding a homerun 425 feet.
Batting Average .321
Home runs: 23
Slugging Percentage: .554
Robinson Cano has been absolutely on fire in the AL East. Since the beginning of this season, Cano has posted huge numbers.
He is expected to reach 200 hits for the second straight season and is likely to add another Silver Slugger.
In addition to outstanding batting statistics, Robinson Cano has been excellent at second base. In 2010, Cano only has three errors and a fielding percentage of .995.
With the current absence of Alex Rodriguez and the slow start from Mark Teixeira, Cano stepped up and became the heart of the New York Yankees. He has helped them win important games and attain first place in the AL East.
At only age 27, Cano has proven himself to be one of the best second baseman in all of baseball.
Batting Average: .321
Home runs: 24
Slugging Percentage: .552
Adrian Beltre has been the saving grace in the Boston Red Sox lineup.
His performance has been overlooked in 2010 due to all the injuries the Red Sox have taken. His statistics are almost identical to Robinson Cano's.
However, Robinson Cano is a much better fielder and in my opinion, is an all-around better player.
Clearly, Adrian Beltre has been the best offensive player in the Red Sox lineup.
Since the Red Sox have a slim chance of making the playoffs, Adrian Beltre's MVP value only diminishes.
Batting Average: .361
Home runs: 31
Slugging Percentage: .637
Josh Hamilton in clearly the favorite to win the MVP this year.
Hamilton seems to have found his swing ever since the 2008 Home Run Derby. He has been the best player on the first place Texas Rangers.
I bet the Cincinnati Reds seriously regret trading away one of the best outfielders in baseball.
The future of Josh Hamilton looks bright while the Texas Rangers enter the playoffs. No one in the AL West even comes close to matching Josh Hamilton's success.
If the Rangers could pull off a World Series win, Josh Hamilton is a definite lock for the AL MVP.
Batting Average: .338
Home runs: 33
Slugging Percentage: .638
Miguel Cabrera continues to push the limit in the AL Central.
His numbers get bigger and bigger every year, and yet the Tigers continue to lose. Cabrera is next in line for the MVP after Hamilton.
He'll definitely get the Silver Slugger at first base. Cabrera has been great at first base and one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball.
However since the Tiger have no chance of making the playoffs, chances of a MVP award for Cabrera diminish.
Batting Average: .319
Home runs: 33
Slugging Percentage: .587
Paul Konerko is having one of the best years of his career.
He has been the best player on the White Sox and is a major reason why they're a winning team. Konerko is projected to hit 41 home runs and well above 100 RBIs.
In addition to all-star batting statistics, Konerko has a very good fielding percentage and has very little errors.
Expect Mr. Konerko to be a key factor in the White Sox playoff run.
Thanks for reading and look forward to the NL edition soon!!